Music for Galway and Galway 2020 present


DATE Abendmusik: 25/10/20 | Paper Boat: 12/12/20 (POSTPONED) | Cellissimo: 21/3/21 - 28/3/21
PRICE Various
Abendmusik: Paul Hillier, Peter Whelan, Finghin Collins, Jochen Kupfer
Paper Boat: Sharon Carty, Bríd Ní Ghruagháin, Aaron O'Hare, Brendan Collins, Sinead Hayes
Cellissimo: Mischa Maisky, Giovanni Sollima, Natalie Haas, Tatjana Vassiljeva, Nicolas Altstaedt, David Brophy
Ray McDonnell

A combination of live and streamed performances of Abendmusik, the community opera Paper Boat and the international cello festival CELLISSIMO have been reimagined by Music for Galway.


Cello Biennale Amsterdam, RTE Concert Orchestra, Irish Baroque Orchestra, Irish National Opera, Chamber Choir Ireland, Resurgam, Irish Chamber Orchestra, National Concert Hall, St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church.


Music for Galway & Galway 2020 present Abendmusik: Journey of the Spirit

SoundScapes Re-Imagined opens with Abendmusik which introduces a new series of vocal music to Galway. The first of five Abendmusik live-stream concerts takes place on Sunday 25 October 2020 at 5pm, in St. Nicholas Collegiate Church in Galway city centre.

Entitled Journey of the Spirit, the concert features baritone Gyula Nagy with pianist Finghin Collins, and the Resurgam Choir under director Mark Duley. The music includes Brahms Four Serious Songs, and J.S. Bach Komm Jesu komm.

A special feature of the concert will be a choral improvisation entitled Through a glass, darkly. For this, Resurgam will put its scores aside and travel off-piste for a moment, to explore these resonant words of St Paul in the freshest and most immediate way possible – an improvised short motet where the singers individually throw out ideas, and collectively respond. Anything could happen!

Lieder by Hugo Wolf, Franz Schubert, Arnold Schönberg, Johannes Brahms, Richard Strauss, Anton Webern and Gustav Mahler


Tickets are €12 and available on the Music for Galway website

Unfortunately this event has had to be postponed due to current COVID-19 restrictions. Rescheduled dates for the event will be announced as soon as possible.

Music for Galway & Galway 2020 in association with Irish national Opera present: Paper Boat

A new community opera for Galway, to celebrate 700 years of St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church

On midsummer’s eve, a young homeless man, and a mysterious mother and a child arrive in St. Nicholas’ Church to claim sanctuary from very different threats. But an army from the past is gathering outside the doors, threatening to repeat the destruction of Galway perpetrated by Cromwell’s army centuries ago. Now the people of Galway are being asked to risk their own safety to protect the strangers who have come seeking their aid, and the leaders of the fourteen tribes must decide.

Join a professional cast of singers and musicians enhanced by children and singers of Galway and find out what the tribes decide.


Elaine Agnew music

Jessica Traynor libretto

Conor Hanratty director

Sinead Hayes conductor

Paul Keogan set and lighting designer


Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, Paper Boat will now be an online only event. Tickets will be on sale soon.

Music for Galway and Galway 2020 present CELLISSIMO – A Cello Festival Reawakens


True to its original vision, CELLISSIMO celebrates the cello, one of the world’s most beloved and versatile instruments; Music for Galway has re-imagined the festival in order to deliver breathtaking music and the sensations of the West of Ireland to people’s homes.


The programme of the eight-day festival maintains the stellar line-up of top international cellists such as Mischa Maisky, Nicolas Altstaedt, Natalie Haas, Marc Coppey and Tatjana Vassiljeva and features many of its original strands: The core artistic programme, featuring orchestral concerts (RTE Concert Orchestra and Irish Chamber Orchestra), chamber music, Beethoven Sonatas and Bach solo performances throughout the county will be complemented by a masterclass programme, a traditional music strand, the presentation of the newly-commissioned Galway cello and much more.


And just how will CELLISSIMO offer music for all senses? Through its tiered live stream options.  Working with local producers, Music for Galway offers a range of augmented experiences carefully chosen to enhance the online experience of some concerts and create a sense of collectivity by literally becoming part of the events.


More details will be announced closer to the date.