Boyne Music Festival is an explosion of chamber music, poetry and song held every August at Townley Hall in Drogheda. It was established in 2013 by twin sisters, Aisling and Julie-Anne Manning, together with their first cousin, Deirdre Brenner, who come from a musical family in County Louth. A violinist, cellist, and pianist, respectively, they discovered the splendour of Townley Hall while playing a concert there together in 2012 and were inspired to make something beautiful happen in the house. Now in its second year, the Boyne Music Festival promises to become one of Ireland’s premiere music festivals.
The BMF will take place August 1st to 3rd 2014 and will feature performances by both established and emerging artists from Ireland and abroad. There will be five concerts as well as an exciting range of other events throughout the weekend:
-Three evening concerts featuring chamber music, song and jazz;
-One afternoon family concert;
-One not-to-be-missed afternoon concert featuring emerging artists from the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin;
-A Children’s Workshop exploring music and dance;
-Tours of Townley Hall;
-A talk on the life and work of Seamus Heaney;
-A poetry reading by Irish poet, Martin Dyar;
-An exhibit featuring leading Irish printmakers represented by Stoney Road Press.
All events take place within the gorgeous walls of Townley Hall. Built in 1799 by Francis Johnston, one of the foremost architects of his day, Townley Hall is one of Ireland’s hidden architectural gems. Its beautiful rooms offer wonderful acoustics, light and warmth for all Boyne Music Festival activities.
Performers this year include Rita Manning, Chris Laurence, Layla Claire, John Chest, Louis Stewart, Mark Lockheart, The Manning Trio and many others. These musicians have performed with major orchestras, ensembles and conductors in the most important concert halls and opera houses across the world.
Why does the BMF need your help?
The Boyne Music Festival runs completely on volunteer power and sponsorship. We have received grants from Create Louth, the Arts Council and sponsorship from many local businesses. However, a festival of this caliber requires a budget that is beyond the scope of even all this support. This is why the BMF needs your help!
Where will your contribution go?
Your contribution will go directly towards the running costs of the BMF. Only a fraction of the overall Festival costs are met by ticket sales and further support is essential to secure the continued growth of this new and exciting arts event. Your contribution will help pay for artist fees, piano tunings, venue hire, transportation, publicity and much more. It will also go towards our Children’s Workshop, which offers children an exciting opportunity to explore music and dance together.
Take a minute to watch our 2013 Boyne Music Highlights video. It captures so much of what took place in Drogheda last summer and will give you a good idea of what you will be supporting this summer. Great music, poetry and art in an exciting event that truly brings our community together.