Cellissimo: Opening Concert

Date 25.03.2021 - 25.03.2021
Time 07:30 PM
Venue Kylemore Abbey
Organiser Music for Galway
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Naomi Berrill cello, voice

Opening of the Festival by Bill Whelan
BILL WHELAN Fragments (world première, commissioned by CELLISSIMO for the Galway Cello)


Irish Chamber Orchestra  | Marc Coppey cello, director | Christopher Ellis cello

VIVALDI Concerto for Two Cellos and Orchestra in G minor
HAYDN Concerto in C major
TCHAIKOVSKY Notturno in D minor for cello and strings
BARBER Adagio for Strings
BARTÓK Divertimento for Strings


Streamed from Kylemore Abbey, a cracking programme of well-loved classics will open our festival, featuring the Irish Chamber Orchestra, directed by French cellist Marc Coppey, who will be joined by one of his former students at the Paris Conservatoire and a true rising star: the young Dublin cellist Christopher Ellis.


Before this we hear the world premiere performance of a newly-commissioned work for the Galway Cello by Bill Whelan: ‘Fragments’ will be performed by Galway cellist Naomi Berrill on the Galway Cello – the very first time this instrument will be performed in public.


Sponsored by TECHRETE
The Galway Cello is sponsored by MJ Conroy
Marc Coppey’s appearance in Cellissimo is in partnership with the French Embassy in Ireland

Music for the Senses

TASTE OF THE WEST: 6.30pm – 7.15pm


Curious about the taste of Galway? Enhance the online performance from Kylemore Abbey with a pre-concert cheese tasting in the company of Kevin Sheridan of Sheridans Cheesemongers. The cheese tasting kit includes the delectable Kylemore Farmhouse Cheese.


Price List:

  • Concert €20
  • Concert plus talk €25
  • Concert plus talk plus cheese tasting kit €39.50 + €7.35 postage (Ireland only)


Please note that the postage is a one off charge regardless of how many add-ons are purchased.

Unfortunately, it is not possible for us to deliver to the UK at this time; however if you would like a price for postage to Europe, please email us at

To ensure delivery of packages before the concert date, we can only accept orders up to Monday 22 March, before 12 noon.

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