The Walled City Music Festival, which launches its fifth edition on July 19, celebrates the 400-year connection of the City of Derry and City of London with two major new works, produced in partnership between Walled City Music and the City of London Festival. In these works the strategic importance to both the cities of London and Derry~Londonderry of rivers, walls and trees is central to the thematic concept. Founded in 2008 by its Co-Artistic Directors, Derry-born pianist Cathal Breslin and the American flautist Sabrina Hu, it has been widely acclaimed for bringing outstanding artists of international calibre to perform in the city.
Enabling young people in the region to participate in high-level music making is central to the Festival’s mission, and it presents many workshops, master-classes and family activities, as well as a year round concert series. 2013 will be the Walled City Music Festival’s fifth Anniversary, and it promises to be the most exciting festival to date. Festival artists will be announced on in early 2013.
Performances include The River Still Sings (July 21), which explores the divisive yet healing potential of rivers and of walls, in an interdisciplinary project featuring a newly commissioned text from Seamus Deane, a native of the city, as well as Trees, Walls, Cities (July 26), a unique project, uniting the stories of eight cities in Europe and the Near East. Other performances such as Katie and Marielle Labeque (July 19), Krill Troussov and Cathal Breslin (July 20), NI Opera: Dido and Aeneas (July 24) and Jeffrey Zeigler (July 25) will also take place throughout the city July 19-26.