The Walled City Music Festival returns next month

Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th March

Above, Awadagin Pratt who performs on Friday 6th March in the Great Hall, Ulster University Magee.

The Walled City Music Festival returns this March with a stunning line-up of top-class classical musicians from around the world. The northwest’s premier classical music festival will take place in venues including The Glassworks and Ulster University Magee from Thursday 5 March to Sunday 8 March.

The festival kicks off with an evening of four young rising star pianists from Arizona State University, including the winner of the inaugural Walled City Music International Piano Competition Selene Wu, who will present an entertaining programme of piano favourites from 2 to 8 hands.

On Friday 6 March the Festival welcomes renowned American pianist Awadagin Pratt, the Benyounes Quartet (with Derry-born cellist Kim Vaughan) and Festival Directors Cathal Breslin (piano) and Sabrina Hu (flute) for an evening celebrating one of classical music’s most iconic figures, Ludwig Van Beethoven, in the 250thanniversary year of his birth.

International chamber ensemble Trio Festivale take to the stage of The Glassworks on Saturday 7 March for an evening of recently-composed works, including Some Day, a new WCMF commission from Derry composer Christopher Norby that tackles the legacy and contemporary relevance of the movement for civil rights through film and music.

Closing the Walled City Music Festival on Sunday 8 March in The Glassworks is New York classical, jazz, rock, world and experimental music ensemble, the Bang on a Can All Stars. Recognized world-wide for their ultra-dynamic live performances, this six-member amplified ensemble combines the “power and punch of a rock band with the precision and clarity of a chamber ensemble” (New York Times).

Derry-born Festival Director Cathal Breslin commented, “Our 11thWCM Festival continues to stay at the cutting-edge of music festivals, presenting a huge variety of world-class concert experiences in Derry. This year, we have the most incredible group of musicians that we have ever had, literally every night will be unforgettable! I am really excited about the premiere of a new piece by Christopher Norby, “Some Day: A Piece about Civil Rights“ – it combines music with film, historical news and audio from the Derry Civil Rights movement, and it was something inspired by the memory of my father.”

Tickets are now available for all concerts via the Millennium Forum Box Office or online For more information visit


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