The 2017 International Festival of Chamber Music presented pianist Víkingur Ólafsson, harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, the Brodsky Quartet, and Trio Gaspard, who premiered a new work from Armagh-born composer Gareth Williams, entitled Blush. The piece was jointly commissioned by BMS with the Harrogate International Festivals, and it wasn’t the only new work played in the Festival: the Brodskys gave the second performance of a new quartet by Howard Skempton, Moving On, also jointly commissioned with the Harrogate Festivals, and Chamber Choir Ireland premiered Tarik O’Regan’s A Letter of Rights, with libretto by Alice Goodman, in a memorable opening concert.

Our fourth season of Night Music concerts took place at the MAC and Duncairn Arts Centre, featuring the ConTempo Quartet in February and Alex Petcu (percussion) and Ioana Petcu-Colan (violin) in April. Sadly, mezzo soprano Carolyn Dobbin was unable to give the March Night Music concert, because of ill health, but we look forward to presenting her programme in the near future.