International Festival of Chamber Music 2017

festival201623–26 February 2017


 QUB music/music technology students

Up to 30 free tickets per concert for QUB music/music technology students – subject to availability, details available from the School of Creative Arts

Chamber Choir Ireland

Thursday 23 February 7.30pm
St Thomas’ Parish Church, Eglantine Avenue

Tarik O’Regan A Letter of Rights (libretto by Alice Goodman)

Handel Dixit Dominus

This concert is part of a tour supported through the Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme from the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland National Lottery Fund.









2015-02-22 12.16.54Friday 24 February 1.10pm
Harty Room, QUB

Free Admission

Presented in association with Queen’s University School of Creative Arts, featuring final-year and postgraduate performers






Vikingur Olafsson piano

Friday 24 February 7.30pm
Great Hall, QUB

Bach Partita No. 6 in E minor BWV830

Prokofiev Visions Fugitives
(NB this is a change from the original programme, which will not include Debussy Images, Book 1)

Philip Glass Etudes for piano: Nos 5, 6, 13 and 20

Beethoven Sonata Op. 13 ‘Pathétique’

‘… few musicians match Olafsson for creative flair.’ BBC Music Magazine, February 2016


Richard Douglas flute

Darren Baird piano

Saturday 25 February 2017 10.30 am & 11.30 am
Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast


Richard Douglas is a flute teacher and conductor who also enjoys performing at various venues throughout the province as a soloist and entertainer. He has appeared with various ensembles as a soloist, performing concertos by Mozart, Vivaldi, Mercadante and J S Bach. Richard plays on a 14K gold flute made for him by the Miyazawa flute company of Japan.

Darren Baird is an accomplished musician and pianist whose talents and versatility keep him extremely busy. With over twenty years’ teaching experience, Darren’s current commitments include tutoring piano at Methodist College, Bloomfield Collegiate and both the College and grammar schools in Carrickfergus. Darren also directs the Junior Choir in Methodist College, and is in demand as an accompanist for soloists, choirs and music festivals throughout the year.



Mahan Esfahani harpsichord

Saturday 25 February 1.30pm
Great Hall, QUB

J.S. Bach Goldberg Variations, BWV988

‘… a superstar whose musicianship, imagination, virtuosity, cultural breadth and charisma far transcends the ivory tower in which the harpsichord has traditionally been placed.’  The Times


Trio Gaspard

Saturday 25 February 7.30pm
Great Hall, QUB

C.P.E. Bach Trio in A minor, Wq. 90 No. 1

Gareth Williams ‘Blush’*

Liszt arr. Saint-Saëns Orphée (Poème symphonique)

Saint-Saëns Trio No. 2 in E minor


*World premiere. ‘Blush’ was commissioned by BMS with funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Small Grants scheme; co-commissioned by Harrogate International Festivals.




Brodsky String Quartet

Sunday 26 February 3.00pm
Great Hall, QUB

Bach The Art of Fugue (1 and 6)

Skempton Moving On*

Shostakovich String Quartet no. 8

Mozart Adagio and Fugue

Mendelssohn Fugue from Four Pieces, Op. 81

Beethoven Grosse Fugue

‘The Brodsky Quartet are the team for the new century.’ Gramophone


*Irish/Northern Irish premiere. ‘Moving On’ was commissioned by Harrogate International Festivals to celebrate the organisation’s 50th anniversary (1966-2016), and co-commissioned by BMS with funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Small Grants scheme.



The 2017 International Festival is supported by:

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  crescent arts centre