Classical fest explores new arias of food and fashion
If music be the food of love, play on.
The line-up for this year's Clandeboye Festival has been announced, revealing a programme of world-class musicians are on their way to perform in Bangor.
But music is not the only delight on the agenda as there will also be something of interest from renowned chef Paul Rankin and Belfast born-actor Stephen Rea.
The six-day event, being held in August, will be interlaced with famous chamber music selections played by a team of international artists, dazzling opera arias and performances from young musicians led by Camerata Ireland.
Concert highlights include masterworks such as the Brahms and Mozart Trios and the Bach Goldberg Variations arranged for String Trio.
Rankin will be teaching all he knows about the kitchen to young chefs, while Rea will be inspiring the next generation of playwrights.
Details of the event, held at Lady Dufferin's Clandeboye Estate, were unveiled by concert pianist and festival director Barry Douglas, who will be treating festival-goers to a performance.
"It's hard to believe that this is our 11th festival at Clandeboye, and, as usual, we will be bringing a range of young talent to learn from the best artistic talent the world has to offer – this year from theUSA, Canada, South America and Europe," said Mr Douglas.
"But this festival is not just about bringing the best musicians to Bangor, but also about celebrating the best that Northern Ireland has to offer.
"So, this year great musicians and singers will also be joined by the best practitioners in drama, cooking and even fashion.
"We know our audience is passionate about music but events will also include Paul Rankin teaching our young chefs, Stephen Rea and Field Day Theatre Company collaborating with the next generation of playwrights, and musicians and young fashion designers displaying their latest creations.
"As a concert pianist and conductor I travel all over the world – in the last two weeks alone I was in Buenos Aires and Moscow, but there really is no place like home."
The pianist spoke of his delight that "this year the festival will celebrate all the great things that creative people here in Northern Ireland have to offer".
"Once again we are very grateful to our principal funder, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and North Down Borough Council, the Flax Trust and the Belfast Telegraph for helping us stage such a terrific festival."
The Clandeboye Festival led by Camerata Ireland was set up by Barry Douglas in 2002.
Camerata Ireland first performed in May 1999 with concerts at Parliament Buildings Stormont.
They recently completed a European tour and will make their debut at the Proms in August.
Last year the festival saw a 25% increase in attendance and more international guests than ever before.