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Now three years old the Killaloe Chamber Music Festival is growing. This June Irish and international musicians will meet again in this beautiful town on the banks of the River Shannon to explore jewels of the repertoire, take inspiration from each other but most importantly to give you, the audience, an enriching experience.

In three music filled days and six concerts we will be travelling from Italy to Estonia, from France to Russia, taking a late night trip to Spain and revisiting the Viennese giants Mozart, Schubert and Beethoven. Holding it all together is the famous 19th century composer Antonín Dvořák who based most of his wonderful melodies on the rich tradition of Folk music both of his native Bohemia and of America where he wrote his unforgettable "New World Symphony". In almost all of the concerts you will be hearing his music. 

Our festival celebrates talented local children at the beginning of their musical journey, as well as renowned musicians who have performed on the world greatest stages. We are particularly proud to introduce a platform for emerging artists, this year showcasing the award winning Chiral String Quartet from Cork.

After the concerts on Saturday and Sunday we would like to invite you to our new Festival Club at "Woodbrothers" to celebrate, to meet the musicians, to stay together a little longer.

Many heads and hands made this feast of music happen. I am very grateful to our wonderful Festival committee, Daphne Henderson, Dorothy Walshe, Paul Herriott, Kostas Wootis, Trish Taylor, John Lefroy and Celia Donoghue, who worked throughout the year both on the detail and the bigger picture.

I am particularly grateful to Liz Kelly who glued it all together. Thanks to Dean Gary Paulsen, the Select Vestry, Keith Wood and his family who all opened their doors to provide the beautiful settings for the music.

Thank you, John Horgan, for creating this Festival and for inspiring all of us with your incredible love for music.

Joachim Roewer

Artistic Director


St. Flannan's Cathedral

Situated close to the picturesque sixteen-arch bridge which links the banks of the majestic River Shannon as it flows through Killaloe, the 12th Century Cathedral Church of St. Flannan can boast a long and distinguished tradition of great music, both sacred and secular. With its rich wealth of heritage, the Cathedral is an original and charismatic example of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. The Killaloe Music Festival once again finds its home in this lovely setting, and the programme has been devised towards providing an exciting and uplifting experience for our audiences. There can be few places more atmospheric than an old cathedral, and we are confident that the combination of wonderful music and ancient architecture will bestir and awaken the spiritual senses of all our visitors. The Music Festival Committee is proud to present a spectacular line-up of world-class musicians, who will perform a diverse and exciting programme of music. The Dean and his parishioners - extend a warm welcome to musicians and audiences alike. May your visit be magical and memorable, and may you look back on the experience with joy in the years to come.

Sandra Lefroy