GMR Launches its January-June Programme

The Galway Music Residency (GMR) launched its January-June Programme of Events on Saturday 27th January at its Apprentice Ensemble Winter Recital in the Emily Anderson Concert Hall, NUI Galway. Preceding three wonderful performances from GMR’s current Apprentice Ensembles, City Council Arts Officer James Harrold officially launched what GMR Chair Michael Cuddy called “one of our most exciting programmes to date”. Speaking about the contribution that GMR has made to culture in Galway, Mr Harrold stated that ConTempo have been the “soundtrack to our lives for the last 15 years and continue to delight us with this new Programme”.

From old favourites to curious new explorations, there truly is something for everyone in the coming months. Lunchtimes with ConTempo continues on the first Tuesday of every month in St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, where ConTempo explore the mature works of Beethoven. GMR’s ever popular family-friendly 3 Saturdays: 3 Kinds of Music moves to a new home this season – the Mick Lally Theatre on Druid Lane. Across three Saturday mornings this spring, guest curator Matthew Berrill will treat us to a tasting menu of classical, contemporary and traditional Irish music from emerging local and national talents who will perform alongside ConTempo.

ConTempo team up with poet Vincent Woods on Thursday 29th March in the Aula Maxima to present Haydn’s exquisite The Seven Last Words of Christ. Originally written to punctuate an Easter sermon on the theme, this performance will see the music interwoven with Pulitzer-prize winning poet Mark Strand’s Poem after the Seven Last Words narrated by Woods.

Music & Musings will be back for a new season following a very successful launch last autumn and GMR is delighted to be partnering with the Contemporary Music Centre once again. This series of candlelight concerts features new music and conversations with composers and artists. Andrew Hamilton will join ConTempo on 10 May in the Black Gate Cultural Centre to explore a brand new piece currently under composition, while the 7 June will see Deirdre McKay examine her new piece Snowline with the quartet.

Following a sell-out event in 2017, GMR continues its partnership with local visual artist Finbar247. On 31 May at 7pm at a secret venue to be announced, audiences will listen to ConTempo perform and take part in creating a collective artistic response to the music under the guidance of Finbar.

With additional visits to the county and the NUI Galway campus, many free events, and a host of Education programmes, GMR is reaching audiences in as many ways as possible this season, satisfying its vision of igniting and sustaining a love of music in the people of Galway.

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