Welcome to Con Brio, Sligo Music Series

Music has been the one constant in my life – when I was a child I listened to the music my parents played and sang at home; then I began to play music myself and listen to my own choice of music. Every day still I listen to music but some of my fondest memories are of live performances I attended, whether given by classical, jazz or even rock musicians. There are few experiences to match being grabbed and moved and taken somewhere by music – this is why what Con Brio does every season is so important, it gives us the chance to experience wonderful music performed by outstanding musicians and the opportunity to be, for a moment or even an hour, transported. In times of hardship or chaos art becomes more important, not less so: it allows us hope and connection with others like us who, throughout history and around the world have wanted, enjoyed and been moved by good music.

Ian Wilson, Con Brio, Programme DirectorAs always, we have endeavoured to provide an exciting season with excellent performers. This coming year the musicians are mainly Irish with international reputations. It’s encouraging to see so many from the younger generation making their mark – pianist Maria McGarry and guitarist Michael O’Toole being two such musicians, as well as the exciting, half-Irish Cappa Ensemble which has recently been attracting attention and – by now – our own wonderful ConTempo Quartet.

We’re also pleased to have back with us both the Irish Chamber Orchestra, with special guests Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra with brilliant young French cellist Gautier Capuçon performing Elgar’s much-loved cello concerto.

I am confident you’ll enjoy this exciting line-up and, in the process, be transported by these wonderful musicians and their memorable music.

Ian Wilson
programme advisor

Belfast-born Ian Wilson’s music has been performed and broadcast on six continents and presented at many festivals around the world including the BBC Proms and Venice Biennale. He is a member of Aosdána, Ireland’s state-sponsored body of creative artists.