WWCMF opening concert with Adam Walker & Fiachra Garvey, featuring the world premiere of "Blessington" by Gerald Barry

18 May 2022 20:00

Russborough House

Settle in for 5 days of incredible music as West Wicklow Chamber Music Festival (WWCMF) launch their 2022 festival with the ‘stunning talent’ (The Guardian) of flautist Adam Walker, and the ‘infectious enthusiasm’ (Sunday Times) of pianist Fiachra Garvey, who is also the festival’s artistic director.

“We all need some Gerald Barry in our lives: if you haven't got any yet, you must do soon.” So said The Guardian’s Tom Service. WWCMF bring you a new work from Gerald Barry to mark the 80th anniversary of the sinking of the Blessington Lakes (Poulaphouca Reservoir). Whilst the lakes today contribute to the exquisite beauty of West Wicklow, it is important to remember that for those who lost land, homes and livelihoods in the late 1930s, these lakes represent something very different. This work commemorates their considerable sacrifice.

The West Wicklow Festival would like to express its sincere gratitude to the Thomas Dammann Junior Memorial Trust for their financing of Gerald Barry’s commission.


Mozart - Piano Sonata No. 17 in Bb major, K570 (arr. for flute and piano)

Tailleferre - Pastorale et Forlane

Poulenc - Sonata for Flute and Piano, FP164

Gerald Barry - Blessington (world premiere)

Prokofiev - Sonata for Flute and Piano in D major, Op. 94


Tickets available via West Wicklow Chamber Music Festival on Eventbrite.



Russborough House

Co. Wicklow

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