Four days of music and voice at Birr Festival

Four days of music and voice at Birr Festival
By arts reporter ryan@leinsterexpress.ie @laoisnews

The Birr Festival of Music & Voice returns this May Bank Holiday.

Following a very successful debut last year, the four-day festival is back with another brimming weekend of classical music from Friday, May 4, to Monday, May 7, in the Georgian town of Birr.

Performances include acclaimed soprano Cara O'Sullivan as well as internationally renowned pianist Finghin Collins, joined by John Finucane, clarinet, from the RTE Symphony Orchestra.

Mezzo-Soprano Carolyn Holt gives a recital in the Music Room at Birr Castle, with special guest, Tríona Marshall, harp, for patrons and sponsors.

The festival incorporates the now well-established Trench Award, which provides a number of bursaries awarded to emerging classical singers/musicians.

A choral performance by Birr Young Voices, 35 children aged 9-12 years, will take place in St Brendan’s Church of Ireland on Monday at 3pm. This project, in partnership with Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath, is supported by the Trench Trust and is a year-round project adding new members each season.

For more details see www.birrtheatre.com.