Portico hosting a celebration of the arts
Festiv-ards Arts Festival Portico, Portaferry Monday
It is a big weekend for the town of Portaferry when Portico opens its doors for a celebration of the arts.
Festiv-ards will bring a feast of fine musicians to its new platform. The David Rees-William Jazz Trio and the Linley Hamilton Jazz Quartet both appear tonight at 7.30pm and 10pm while the emphasis tomorrow turns at 10am to the organ with Martin Baker of Westminster Cathedral initiating the newly restored instrument in Portico.
A packed day ends with the Ulster Orchestra in gala concert mode at 8pm. Sunday's evening concert at 7.30pm is given by the Armida String Quartet while pianist Finghin Collins (right) ends the festival at 3pm on Monday afternoon. Visit the porticoards.com for all the details.
Walled City Music Festival
The Glassworks, Londonderry
Thursday, June 2, 7.30pm
The Walled City Music Festival opens four days of events in Derry next Thursday with an evening concert given by a contemporary American percussion duo.
Andy Akiho's music has been described as a blend of Middle Eastern, reggae, noir jazz, Japanese folk, brooding Eighties pop and bright ringing soca tonalities. Together with Ian David Rosenbaum, one of the few percussionists ever to be a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Centre in New York, they will give a collaborative performance spanning baroque to contemporary styles with mixed ensembles featuring the Walled City Music Festival co-artistic directors Cathal Breslin (Piano) and Sabrina Hu (Flute). Tickets cost £10/£5 from Culturlann Doire or walledcitymusic.com for further details of the festival.