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Piano master Barry’s touch of class

By Philip Hammond

Clandeboye Estate, Bangor, Monday, August 16-21

The Clandeboye Festival of Music consists mainly of a musical event every night from Monday to Saturday and centres around the charismatic figure of Northern Irish-born pianist Barry Douglas (above). The surroundings of Lady Dufferin’s estate always create a conducive environment for such evenings of music-making.

The opening Masterworks Concert on Monday is typical of what is on offer. Barry acts as the pivotal point on the piano in three works for the varying combinations of horn, violin, cello and keyboard by Beethoven and Brahms. Tuesday evening sees the same winning format in place again but this time the programme features Mozart, Brahms and Tchaikovsky.

Wednesday evening celebrates the anniversaries this year of Chopin and Schumann and foreshadows next year’s focus on the 200th anniversary of Liszt’s birth.

Thursday evening’s concert is being given by the young musicians who are attending masterclasses at the festival.

Friday and Saturday nights provide a fitting conclusion to the festival, with Camerata Ireland, the orchestra set up by Douglas in 1999, giving the final two concerts of the week.

For tickets and further information visit tel: 0800 977 6074/ www.camerata-ireland.com.

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