Fashion and fine art will be joining a line-up of top quality classical music as the Clandeboye Festival celebrates its 10th birthday later this month.
The annual event, held in the Clandeboye estate amid the rolling hills outside Bangor, will see musicians from around the world joining forces with upcoming young talent from across Ireland for a series of concerts and masterclasses over the next week.
The festival is organised by renowned Belfast-born pianist Barry Douglas under the auspices of Camerata Ireland, the chamber orchestra he founded over a decade ago.
Among the highlights of this year’s line-up, which begins this day week, will be a masterworks programme including pianist Michael McHale, as well as the ever-popular Young Musicians’ Showcase on Thursday and A Night At The Opera.
Rounding things off on Saturday will be the Festival Gala Finale featuring the Camerata Ireland orchestra with Douglas himself at the helm.
There will also be a series of daytime concerts, performed by former entrants to the Young Musicians award, including violinist Siobhan Doyle and flautist Eimear McGeown.
“This year at Clandeboye we are having a real focus on young people and the talent we have here in on the island of Ireland,” said Barry.
“At the heart of our vision is nurturing the talent of tomorrow through the Young Musician programme — Michael McHale and Eimear McGeown have gone on from Clandeboye to develop professional careers.
“The past 10 years at Clandeboye have been fantastic as we have seen more than one hundred young people come through, as part of this unique residential experience at Clandeboye. I am very proud of what everyone has achieved.”
In a special event this year, the festival will also be hosting a fashion show in aid of the NI Cancer Fund for Children, which will showcase the work of graduate designers from the University of Ulster and Belfast Metropolitan College. There is also a free exhibition presented by leading Irish auction house, Adams.
Entitled Ireland: Her People And Landscape, the exhibition brings together more than 50 of the most important paintings, drawings and sculpture from the 19th and 20th centuries.