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On 23-26 March, Walled City Music Festival will bring together Young Artists from Northern Ireland Opera, the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Walled City Music Piano Festival to take part in a series of education projects during its festival week, culminating in a Festival-closing performance by the students in the beautiful surroundings of the Great Hall, Ulster University Magee.

NI Opera Young Artists, soprano Petra Wells and baritone Ryan Garnham, will be joined by WCM Piano Festival Young Artist Dida Condria on the afternoon of Sunday 26th March, to perform a variety concert of vocal favourites, not to be missed.

The recital will set off a week of masterclasses, education and outreach work delivered by the festival’s guest artists to participating Young Artists from NI Opera and RIAM, as Walled City Music continues its tradition of inspiring local young musicians, and placing upcoming Irish talent at the heart of its programming alongside established, world-class artists.

Co-Artistic Director of the Festival, Cathal Breslin, said “It has always been at the very center of our core at Walled City Music to give a platform for young Irish musical talent, and the NI Opera and WCM International Piano Festival collaboration represents the most exciting things to come from that. We are delighted to continue our ongoing collaboration with NI Opera, and to combine that with a pianist from our Piano Festival is our opportunity to showcase some of the best young talent in Ireland. This is a concert not to be missed!”

The line-up of guest artists for the 2023 Festival includes solo pianist Barry Douglas, cellist Raphael Wallfisch with pianist Cathal Breslin, and mezzo-soprano Sharon Carty with pianist Fiachra Garvey, who are all set to perform in Derry’s beautiful Christ Church venue.

Full details of the Walled City Music Festival programme can be found on the WCM website. Tickets are available on Ticket Source. Keep an eye on the WCM social media channels for updates.




Walled City Music is the leading promoter of classical, contemporary and choral music in Derry~Londonderry.

The Walled City Music Festival was founded in 2008 by Artistic Directors Dr. Cathal Breslin and Dr. Sabrina Hu, with the aim of bringing outstanding classical music-making to the heart of cultural life in Derry. First held in 2009, Walled City Music’s chamber-music Festival (WCMF) has since attracted artists of international calibre from around the world, including the Kronos Quartet, Sir James Galway, Katia & Marielle Labeque, Jonathan Lemalu, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Augustin Dumay, Raphael Wallfisch, Jan Vogler, the Fitzwilliam String Quartet, Brodsky Quartet, Emma Johnson, Nicholas Daniel, Colin Currie, Tine Thing Helseth, Anne Akiko Meyers and many others.

Walled City Music is funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Derry and Strabane District Council and KPMG.

Event information

Thu 23 Mar Raphael Wallfisch (cello) and Cathal Breslin (piano), Christ Church, 7.30pm

Fri 24 Mar Sharon Carty (mezzo-soprano) and Fiachra Garvey (piano), Christ Church, 7.30pm

Sat 25 Mar Barry Douglas (piano), Christ Church, 7.30pm

Sun 26 Mar Northern Ireland Opera & Walled City Music Piano Festival Young Artists, the Great Hall, Ulster University Magee Campus, 2.00pm

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