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Since its foundation in 1993, Music for Wexford has presented to Wexford audiences an annual series of recitals by both Irish and international musicians. We also have a particular interest in promoting young musicians and singers at the start of their careers.

The 2020 series has a few notable features. We have worked with Musici Ireland, which is based in Blackwater, County Wexford, and with composer Liam Bates, on what could be described as a residency consisting of four distinctive concerts. The first pays homage to Beethoven on the 250th anniversary of his birth and Bruch on the 100th anniversary of his death. The second celebrates Arvo Pärt’s work for voice and for strings. The third concert, in June, celebrates the coming together of a large string ensemble of professional musicians and young players selected by audition, led by Mia Cooper and conducted by Liam Bates. The 2020 series concludes with Christmas by Candlelight with Wexford tenor Eamonn Mulhall, Musici Ireland Ensemble, and Wexford Guests, including Liam Bates.

The year begins with a recital by Patrick Rafter, violin, and Michael McHale, piano. Both have played in Wexford before but this marks their first recital in Wexford together. In our summer series we continue to provide a platform to young performers, including ensembles from the Royal Irish Academy of Music selected by audition. We are also delighted to welcome back the Contempo Quartet (with the assistance of the National String Quartet Foundation) to present two of Beethoven’s magnificent string quartets. For full details of all our concerts, visit the 2020 Concert Series page of our website.

The purpose of Music for Wexford is to stage a series of concerts that presents interesting programmes performed by wonderful musicians. Our programme would not be possible without the support of the Arts Council, Wexford County Council, Foras Eireann, and the generosity of our friends. To learn more about supporting Music for Wexford by becoming a friend click here.