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Our 2021 Virtual Programme:

Bantry and Beyond

West Cork Chamber Music Festival goes virtual. Although the circumstances for enjoying chamber music are different this year, the quality of the artists and the diversity and excellence of the programming are as high as ever.

The West Cork Chamber Music Festival is delighted to introduce its virtual incarnation, Bantry and Beyond. As the Festival musicians could not come to Bantry, the Festival has gone to the musicians. Festival-goers will become virtual travellers to destinations around Europe and USA. They will visit famous concert halls in Amsterdam, Utrecht and Chicago; historic Great Houses of Ireland and the Netherlands; a centuries old abbey with a fabulous library; Palaces in Prague and Vienna; old churches in London, Bantry and Amsterdam; a vaulted tunnel under a vanished convent in Cologne; studios in Amsterdam and Berlin; and Music Centres in Hungary and Italy.

The thirty Festival concerts will commence with four themed weekends starting in Vienna on 28 May before moving to daily concerts 25 June – 4 July followed by a coda of five concerts later in July. The concerts will be streamed by the platform OurConcerts.live. A downloadable PDF of the programme is available Bantry and Beyond Programme_updated 28 May

Box office will open on 20th May 1pm and tickets can be bought here.

Audiences can buy a Festival Pass for all concerts, packages of 6 concerts, or single concerts.

We don’t want anyone to miss out on a concert. If you are having access issues or questions about broadcast times or On Demand times please get in touch we will be on hand to help you. Look at our FAQs sheet for answers to some common problems and questions or visit the platform’s support portal.

The evening concerts will all be broadcast at 8pm Irish Standard Time. There will be a later North American broadcast at 8pm ET.

Coffee Concerts during the Festival Echoes will be broadcast at 11am Irish Standard Time. There will be a later North American broadcast at 11am ET.

All concerts will be available On Demand for 48 hours after the North American broadcast. Visit the Box office link above to learn more.

You can select the relevant tabs below to view our full (Virtual) Programme,  or a listing of events by our Artists. A PDF of our cancelled programme for 2021 is available here

You can look back to our Programmes from previous years through the Archive pulldown list above right.


Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances there has been a change in the programme order:

Siobhán Doyle , whose concert was due to be broadcast on 28 June, can now be heard on  25 July. She will perform with Alexei Grynyuk. There has also be a change in the repertoire, please see the event details for the full programme.

Mairéad Hickey and Ella van Poucke, who were due to be broadcast on 25 July, have been moved forward to 28 June.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Past Events

Friday 28 May 2021

1. Mozart and Beethoven in Vienna

Date 28 May 2021
Time 8:00 pm
Location Ehrbarsaal, Vienna / Online
Admission €10
Artist Artis Quartet
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Quartet No.4 in C major K.157
Ludwig van Beethoven  Quartet No.13 in B flat Op.130/133

2. Late Schubert

Dates 29 May to 1 June 2021
Time 8:00 pm
Location Concertgebouw Kleine Zaal, Amsterdam / Online
Admission €10
Artist Alexei Grynyuk
Franz Schubert Piano Sonata in B flat D.960
Franz Schubert Four Impromptus D.899

3. Cello Series (1) 'Brahms'

Dates 30 May to 2 June 2021
Time 8:00 pm
Location Concertgebouw Kleine Zaal, Amsterdam / Online
Admission €10
Artists Leonard Elschenbroich, Alexei Grynyuk
Johannes Brahms Cello Sonata No.1 in E minor Op.38
Johannes Brahms Cello Sonata No.2 in F major Op.99
Johannes Brahms Four Serious Songs (arr. for cello)

4. Russian Masters

Dates 4 June to 7 June 2021
Time 8:00 pm
Location Concertgebouw Kleine Zaal, Amsterdam / Online
Admission €10
Artist Anna Fedorova
Alexander Scriabin  Piano Sonata No.2 in G sharp minor Op.19
Sergei Rachmaninov  Piano Prelude in G major Op.32/5
Sergei Rachmaninov  Piano Prelude in G sharp minor Op.32/12
Sergei Rachmaninov  Piano Prelude in B flat Op.23/2
Alexander Scriabin  Piano Sonata No.9 ‘Messe Noire’ Op.68
Modest Mussorgsky  Pictures at an Exhibition

5. From Beethoven to Weinberg

Dates 5 June to 8 June 2021
Time 8:00 pm
Location Abbaye Royaumont, Paris / Online
Admission €10
Artist Quatuor Danel
Mieczysław Weinberg  Improvisation & Romance
Ludwig van Beethoven  Quartet in G major Op.18/2
Mieczysław Weinberg  Quartet No.5 Op.27

6. Cello Series (2) 'Russia'

Dates 6 June to 9 June 2021
Time 8:00 pm
Location Concertgebouw Kleine Zaal, Amsterdam / Online
Admission €10
Artists Johannes Moser, Paul Rivinius
Mieczysław Weinberg  Cello Sonata No.2 in G minor Op.63
Sergei Rachmaninov Vocalise Op.34 No.14
Dmitri Shostakovich Cello Sonata in D minor Op.40

What's On

7. Romantic Triangle

Dates 11 June to 14 June 2021
Time 8:00 pm
Location Studio 150 Bethlehemkerk, Amsterdam / Online
Admission €10
Artists Dana Zemtsov, Anna Fedorova
Robert Schumann Adagio and Allegro Op.70
Robert Schumann Märchenbilder for viola and piano
Clara Schumann Three Romances Op.22
Johannes Brahms Viola Sonata No.2 in E flat Op.120/2

8. Cello Series (3)

Dates 12 June to 15 June 2021
Time 8:00 pm
Location Concertgebouw Kleine Zaal, Amsterdam / Online
Admission €10
Artists Johannes Moser, Paul Rivinius
Alexander Zemlinsky Cello Sonata
Fanny Mendelssohn Capriccio in A flat
Johannes Brahms Cello Sonata No.1 in E minor Op.38

9. Notre Amour

Dates 13 June to 16 June 2021
Time 8:00 pm
Location Abbaye Royaumont, Paris / Online
Admission €10
Artists Sophie Junker, Deirdre Brenner
Gabriel Fauré  Le papillon et la fleur; La fée aux chansons; Tristesse; Green; Au bord de l’eau; Les berceaux; Notre amour
Francis Poulenc  Banalités
Olivier Messiaen  Trois Mélodies
Reynaldo Hahn  Trois jours de vendange; Le rossignol des lilas; L'Énamourée; L'heure exquise; Le printemps;

10. Twelve Fantasies

Dates 18 June to 21 June 2021
Time 8:00 pm
Location Henry Wood Hall, London / Online
Admission €10
Artist Alina Ibragimova
Georg Philipp Telemann  12 Fantasies for solo violin TWV 40:14-25

11. Thirty-Three Variations

Dates 19 June to 22 June 2021
Time 8:00 pm
Location Abbaye Royaumont, Paris / Online
Admission €10
Artist Cédric Tiberghien
Ludwig van Beethoven Diabelli Variations Op.120

12. Twelve Seasons

Dates 20 June to 23 June 2021
Time 8:00 pm
Location Budapest Music Centre / Online
Admission €10
Artist Zoltán Fejérvári
Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky The Seasons Op.37a
Maurice Ravel Le Tombeau de Couperin

14. Baroque Sonatas

Dates 26 June to 28 June 2021
Time 11:00 am
Location Sancta Clara Keller, Köln / Online
Admission €10
Artists Ariadne Daskalakis, Ensemble Vintage Köln
Antonio Vivaldi  Sonata No.1 in G minor Op.2 RV27
Johann Heinrich Schmelzer  'Unarum Fidium' Sonatas - Sonata No.4 in D major; Sonata No.1 in C major
Giuseppe Tartini  Sonata No.10 in G minor Op.1 'Didone abandonata'
Johann Sebastian Bach Sonata in E major BWV 1016

13. World Premiere

Dates 25 June to 28 June 2021
Time 8:00 pm
Location Auer Hall, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, Bloomington / Online
Admission €10
Artist Pacifica Quartet
Joaquín Turina La Oración del Torero, Op. 34
Deirdre Gribbin Dark Matter Hunting FESTIVAL COMMISSON / WORLD PREMIERE
Sergei Prokofiev Quartet No.2 in F major Op.92 'Kabardinian'

16. Trio Sonatas

Dates 27 June to 29 June 2021
Time 11:00 am
Location Gustav Mahler Hall, Toblach, Dolomiten, Italy / Online
Admission €10
Artists Johannes Pramsohler, Ensemble Diderot
Jean-Marie Leclair Trio Sonata in D minor Op.4/1
Georg Friederic Handel Sinfonia in B flat major HWV 339
Georg Philipp Telemann Trio Sonata in E flat from Tafelmusik
Jean-Pierre Guignon Les Sauvages et La Furstemberg
Babel/Handel Lascia ch'io pianga for solo harpsichord
Arcangelo Corelli Chaconne

15. Cello Series (4)

Dates 26 June to 29 June 2021
Time 8:00 pm
Location Kasteel Amerongen, Netherlands / Online
Admission €10
Artists Anastasia Kobekina, Anna Fedorova
Robert Schumann Fantasiestücke Op.73
Franz Schubert Sonata in A minor D.821 'Arpeggione'
attributed to Maria Theresia von Paradis Siciliane
César Franck Sonata in A major for Violin and Piano (transcribed for cello)

17. L'Amour

Dates 27 June to 30 June 2021
Time 8:00 pm
Location Voces8Studios, St Anne & St Agnes Church, London / Online
Admission €10
Artists Rachel Kelly, Fiachra Garvey
Claude Debussy Chansons de Bilitis
Maurice Ravel Shéhérazade
Hector Berlioz Nuits d’été

18. Citizens of Everywhere (1)

Dates 28 June to 1 July 2021
Time 8:00 pm
Location Studio 150 Bethlehemkerk, Amsterdam / Online
Admission €10
Artists Mairéad Hickey, Ella van Poucke
Ervín Schulhoff Duo for Violin and Cello
Finola Merivale The silent sweep as you stand still
Zoltán Kodály Duo for violin and cello

19. Intimate Letters

Dates 29 June to 2 July 2021
Time 8:00 pm
Location Martinů Hall, Liechtenstein Palace, Prague / Online
Admission €10
Artist Pavel Haas Quartet
Bohuslav Martinů  Quartet No.2
Ervín Schulhoff  Quartet No.1
Leoš Janáček  Quartet No.2 'Intimate Letters'

20. Youth's Magic Horn

Dates 30 June to 3 July 2021
Time 8:00 pm
Location Wiesengrund Studio, Berlin / Online
Admission €10
Artists Caroline Melzer, Cédric Pescia
Gustav Mahler Selection from Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Gustav Mahler 5 Rückert Lieder

21. Poème Mystique

Dates 1 July to 4 July 2021
Time 8:00 pm
Location Studio Boerne45, Berlin / Online
Admission €10
Artists Nurit Stark, Cédric Pescia
Ludwig van Beethoven Violin Sonata in G major Op.96
Zara Levina Violin Sonata No.2
Ernst Bloch Violin Sonata No. 2 'Poème Mystique'

23. Generally Speaking It's Nothing But Rhythm

Dates 3 July to 5 July 2021
Time 11:00 am
Location St. Brendan’s Church / Online
Admission €10
Artist Alex Petcu
Joseph Schwantner Velocities
Ella Macens Falling Embers
Gene Koshinski Swerve
Iannis Xenakis Rebonds A
Elaine Agnew Seagull
Takatsugu Muramatsu Land
Kate Moore Spel 1 from Coral Speak
Nebojša Jovan Živković Generally Spoken It's Nothing But Rhythm

22. Roaring Twenties

Dates 2 July to 5 July 2021
Time 8:00 pm
Location Studio 150 Bethlehemkerk, Amsterdam / Online
Admission €10
Artist Ragazze Quartet
Erich Wolfgang Korngold Quartet No.2 Op.26
Béla Bartók Quartet No.3 Sz.85
Garth Knox Four Into Twenty - FESTIVAL PREMIERE

25. Fellow Travellers

Dates 4 July to 6 July 2021
Time 11:00 am
Location Studio 150 Bethlehemkerk, Amsterdam / Online
Admission €10
Artist Ragazze Quartet
Antonin Dvořák String Quartet in F major Op.96 ‘American’
John Adams movements from John’s Book of Alleged Dances
Béla Bartók String Quartet No.6

24. 3 Into 5

Dates 3 July to 6 July 2021
Time 8:00 pm
Location Martinů Hall, Liechtenstein Palace, Prague / Online
Admission €10
Antonín Dvořák  Piano Trio No.3 in F minor Op.65 / Veronika Jarůšková / Peter Jarůšek / Boris Giltburg
Antonín Dvořák  Piano Quintet No.2 in A major Op.81 / Pavel Haas Quartet / Boris Giltburg

26. Partitas Old and New

Dates 4 July to 7 July 2021
Time 8:00 pm
Location Ganz Hall, Roosevelt University, Chicago / Online
Admission €10
Artist Vadim Gluzman
Johann Sebastian Bach Partita No.2 in D minor BWV 1004
Lera Auerbach par.ti.ta

27. Citizens of Everywhere (2)

Dates 16 July to 19 July 2021
Time 8:00 pm
Location Studio 150 Bethlehemkerk, Amsterdam / Online
Admission €10
Artists Mairéad Hickey, Ella van Poucke, José Gallardo
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Trio in B flat K.502
Anton Arensky Piano Trio in D minor

28. Last Works

Dates 17 July to 20 July 2021
Time 8:00 pm
Location Bantry House / Online
Admission €10
Artist Esposito Quartet
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Quartet in F major K.590
Alexandra Vrebalov Pannonia Boundless
Felix Mendelssohn Quartet in F minor Op.80

29. Cello Series (5)

Dates 18 July to 21 July 2021
Time 8:00 pm
Location Budapest Music Centre / Online
Admission €10
Artists Vashti Hunter, Zoltán Fejérvári
Camille Saint-Saëns Cello sonata No.2 Op.123
Leoš Janáček Pohádka
Gabriel Fauré Cello sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 117

30. Divertimento

Dates 24 July to 27 July 2021
Time 8:00 pm
Location Studio Boerne45, Berlin / Online
Admission €10
Artists Rosanne Philippens, Julien Quentin
Johann Sebastian Bach Violin Sonata in B minor BWV 1014
Igor Stravinsky Divertimento
Johann Sebastian Bach Violin Sonata in E major BWV 1016

31. Citizens of Everywhere (3)

Dates 25 July to 28 July 2021
Time 8:00 pm
Location Studio 150 Bethlehemkerk, Amsterdam / Online
Admission €10
Artists Siobhán Doyle, Alexei Grynyuk
Johannes Brahms Sonata in G major Op.78
Benjamin Britten Suite for violin and piano Op.6
Robert Schumann Violin Sonata No.1 in A minor Op.105
Lili Boulanger Deux Morceaux

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