Music Festivals in Galway
Annual Music for Galway’s Mid-Winter Festival : 19th – 21st January 2018
The 2018 Midwinter Festival, based in Galway City, is entitled Beloved and will follow on from the Prodigy theme of last year and will focus on the music of composers in love. Music by the great Romantics Brahms, Wagner and Schumann (Robert and Clara) will feature, along with love letters by Beethoven, Schubert, Janáček, Britten and Schoenberg, all ardent expressions of love. This year’s Beloved festival will also feature an afternoon recital of popular love-inspired arias and duos from the world of opera as well as two talks by eminent musicologist Richard Wigmore and the screening of Peter Schamonis Spring Symphony.
Annual Coole Music Orchestra Festival : March 10th 2018
This festival is now in its 11th year and this year’s theme is A World of Music. The day long festival is being held in Gort, Co Galway and includes world music and dance workshops throughout the day and evening performances from local and international artists. Five orchestras involving 180 musicians of all ages from the West of Ireland will be joined by a top class line-up of young orchestral musicians, performers of world music and a host of colourful young dancers. Festival founder and artistic director Katharina Baker composes a new piece of music for each festival. For this year’s performance she has created a collage of Bollywood and Irish traditional sounds entitled The Bollywood Céilí which will also feature Indian and Irish dancers.
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Annual Galway Early Music Festival : 25th – 27th May 2018
Be prepared to meet Gods, fairies, heroes and heroines in Galway City at this year’s Early Music Festival! Discover medieval, renaissance and baroque music inspired by classical mythology and Celtic legend performed by some of the most exciting ensembles in the world. Join us in the liveliest medieval town in Europe on the Wild Atlantic Way! Programme includes Music Instruments as Symbols, The Piper and the Faerie Queen, St Nicholas Schola Cantorum Coffee Concert, Music and Legend in Pre-historic and Medieval Ireland, Music on the streets of the Latin Quarter and Paw Wing Smoke Sing.
Annual Galway International Arts Festival : 16th – 29th July 2018
The 2018 Annual Galway International Arts Festival runs from Monday 16th to Sunday 29th July and presents 14 summer days of Artists, Musicians, Actors, Writers and Performers in Galway including Free Family events, Spectacular shows, Theatre, Music, Arts, Performance, Dance, Street Theatre and much much more.
Annual Galway Jazz Festival : 4th – 7th October 2018
Established in 2005, the Annual Galway Jazz Festival connects people in Galway with jazz and improvised music. The festival’s strong, inclusive and adventurous programmes attract a wide audience. The festival’s musical boundaries span from JS Bach to Ireland’s leading HIP HOP ensembles, the UK’s premier vocalists, top European recording artists and the very best from the eclectic contemporary Irish jazz scene. Jazz is a broad church and Galway Jazz Festival seeks to fill all the pews!