International Festival of Chamber Music 2020

21-23 February 2020

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All festival events (except Chamber Babies)
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QUB music/music technology students
Free tickets for QUB music/music technology students – subject to availability; details available from the School of Arts, English and Languages.


Student Showcase Recital

Friday 21 February 2020 1.10pm
Harty Room, QUB

Free admission

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


Dudok Quartet

Judith van Driel (violin)
Marleen Wester (violin)
Marie-Louise de Jong (viola)
David Faber (cello)

Friday 21 February, 7.30pm
Great Hall, QUB

Tickets: £20.00 / £17.00 concession / £10.00 students & unemployed

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Dudok Quartet Renaissance arrangements, incl. Machaut, Ockeghem and Gesualdo
Haydn String Quartet Op. 20 No. 3
Brahms String Quartet Op. 51 No. 1


Chamber Babies – Gráinne Meyer

Saturday 22 February 10.30 am and 11.30 am
The Crescent, Belfast

Tickets: £7.50 per adult
(children are free)
NB At least one adult per child

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Walk, sway, crawl, roll, dance or just chill out to a carefully selected programme of short classical pieces designed both to engage and enchant (or soothe to sleep!) the youngest listeners and their mums and dads.

Chamber Babies concerts are specially designed for babies aged 0-18 months.

Enjoy coffee and cake in the Crescent Arts Centre cafe before or after the concert. Chamber Babies concerts last about 40 minutes.

NB: at least one adult per baby.  Babies are free with an accompanying adult. If you need to bring an older child along we will try our best to accommodate you, but please bear in mind that the concerts are designed specifically for very young children. Please also bring another adult too!  


Harpist and pianist Gráinne Meyer has recently completed a postgraduate diploma in classical and Irish traditional music at the TU Dublin Conservatoire of Music, receiving tuition from Clíona Doris, Denise Kelly and Gráinne Hambly. She previously received an honours music degree from the University of York, where she was awarded the Thomas Beecham scholarship for performance.

Gráinne has a busy and varied performance schedule across Ireland. She has performed as principal harpist with the Ulster Orchestra and has recorded for BBC on both harp and piano. She is a performer for the Live Music Now scheme, which facilitates performances in the community for older people and children with special educational needs. She has performed for HRH The Prince of Wales on each of his last two visits to Northern Ireland, and at both the Edinburgh and Wales international harp festivals as well as the Lorient Festival Interceltique in Brittany.

As a traditional musician Gráinne has won multiple All Ireland and Ulster medals. As well as performing, Gráinne is in demand as a teacher and is harp tutor for City of Belfast School of Music, Glengormley School of Traditional Music, Dun Uladh, Omagh Comhaltas and Ceoltoiri Crosskeys. Gráinne is also musical director of the award winning Elver Harp Ensemble and the Comhaltas “Mind and Music” Orchestra. Her arrangements have been recently featured on Classic FM and RTÉ.



Laura van der Heijden & Katya Apekisheva

Saturday 22 February, 1.30pm
Great Hall, QUB

Tickets: £15.00 / £13.00 concession / £10.00 students & unemployed

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Beethoven  Cello Sonata in F Major, Op. 5 No. 1
J S Bach  Gamba Sonata No. 3, BWV 1029
Poulenc  Cello Sonata



Gabriela Montero (piano)

Saturday 22 February, 7.30pm
Great Hall, QUB

Tickets: £20.00 / £17.00 concession / £10.00 students & unemployed

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Schumann Kinderszenen Op. 15
Chick Corea Selections from Children’s Songs
Montero Scenes from Childhood
Shostakovich Piano Sonata No. 2 in B Minor, Op. 61
Montero Improvisations based on themes from the audience



Harp Masterclass with Tanya Houghton


Sunday 23 February, 11.00am
(Coffee from 10.30 am)
Harty Room, QUB

Tickets: £10.00



The harp features prominently in this year’s Festival – in two Chamber Babies concerts for voice and harp, and in our closing concert with the classic combination of flute, viola and harp. So we are delighted to be able to host this masterclass for harp students, both solo and in chamber ensemble.



Adam Walker, Hélène Clément and Agnès Clément


Agnès Clément Hélène Clément

Sunday 23 February, 3.00pm
Great Hall, QUB

Tickets: £20.00 / £17.00 concession / £10.00 students & unemployed

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Debussy  Sonata for flute, viola and harp
Rhona Clarke  Seen from above*

Bartok 15 Hungarian Peasant Songs
Britten Lachrymae
Prokofiev Excerpts from Romeo and Juliet

*Commissioned with support from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland National Lottery funding scheme.



Saltarello Trio


Garth Knox (medieval fiddle, viola d’amore, viola)
Sylvain Lemêtre (percussion)
Agnès Vesterman (cello)

Thursday 27 February, 7.30pm
1st Presbyterian Church, Rosemary Street, Belfast

Tickets: £12.00 / £8.00 concession

(Individual ticket sales processed by EventBrite via Moving on Music; Festival Saver Plus ticket sales processed by We Got Tickets)

Moving on Music are presenting this exciting programme just after the close of our Festival – and have made BMS Festival Saver ticket-holders a special offer: for only another £5, the Saver ‘Plus’ ticket includes the ‘Saltarello’ concert as well as everything else in the Festival programme!

Of course, you can purchase individual tickets too. The ‘Book tickets’ button above will take you direct to Moving on Music’s website for online purchases.

The trio will present an exciting programme of music ranging from medieval times to the present day, with a focus on works inspired by folk music. Works from distant times and places are paired side-by-side demonstrating the fine line between musical soundworlds that existed nearly 900 years apart.

Programme to include:

Hildegard von Bingen, Purcell, Dowland and Vivaldi with contemporary music by Kaija Saariaho and Garth Knox, including an extraordinary arrangement of the folk song ‘Black is the Colour’, entitled Black Brittany.





The BMS reserve the right to make any alterations to the advertised programme which may be rendered necessary by unavoidable cause. No refunds will be given in the event that a named performer is unable to appear or a particular programme performed. If a performance is cancelled or re-scheduled we will endeavour to contact you as soon as possible using the details provided at the time of booking. The BMS is not obliged to refund the ticket or exchange it for another performance in the event reasonable endeavours have been made to contact ticket holders in the time available.

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