This year's Boyne Music Festival was a huge success, with record audience attendance at all events and memorable events for all ages which took place between 29th - 31st July.
Proving that music was well and truly back to business after the pandemic, Townley Hall, Highlanes Gallery and St Peter’s Church of Ireland opened their doors for well over 500 eventgoers over the three days of the festival. Internationally renowned artists assembled to rehearse and share their talents with audiences of all ages.
The moving world premiere of ‘The Magdalene Songs’, a BMF commission to honour the women incarcerated in Ireland’s Magdalene Laundries was described as a “tour de force” and definitely one of the highlights of the festival.
The collaborative work brought three prominent Irish composers, Rhona Clarke, Deirdre McKay and Deirdre Gribbin together and set excerpts of interviews given by survivors to music.
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The pre-concert talk by Dr. Maeve O’Rourke and performance by Naomi Louisa O’Connell and Deirdre Brenner inspired reflection and discussion throughout the entire weekend.
The festival was delighted to welcome the Anam Cara string quartet as this year’s BMF Young Artists. These four young musicians from the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin received chamber music coaching by Jacqueline Thomas and Paul Cassidy and performed in three unique festival events.
One of their members, Elizabeth Ní Mhaoláin, was not new to the festival, having attended the Children’s Workshop in the first four years of the BMF’s existence. It was particularly exciting to see how music has become such an important part of her life in the years in between.