Music Students Set for Walled City Showcase

Ulster University partners with classical concert series for free end-of-term performances alongside guest artists in Derry

Lauren Coulter, final-year Ulster University Music student

With renowned American pianist Jeremy Denk and world-class percussionists Andy Akiho and Ian David Rosenbaum amongst those already confirmed to be performing, the eighth Walled City Music Festival looks set to welcome one of its strongest array of artists yet to Derry~Londonderry next month.

As part of this year’s programme, the classical concert series will partner with Ulster University for a second year running to showcase the talents of music students in their end-of-term performances and recitals.

On Friday June 3, a host of musicians ranging from classical to jazz, pop and rock will perform in two concerts – a lunchtime concert in Christ Church featuring classical performances on piano, clarinet, harp and voice, followed by an evening concert in Cultúrlann featuring jazz piano, traditional flute, folk vocalists and rock bands.

Students and audiences will also be treated to performances by trumpeter Linley Hamilton and guitarist Julien Colarossi, as well as inspirational words from members of two of Ireland’s best-known acts, Moya Brennan from Clannad and Mickey Bradley from The Undertones. BBC broadcaster Lynette Fay will compere the evening.

Professor Frank Lyons, from the School of Creative Arts and Technologies at Ulster University, has been working with the students throughout the year and said: 'The main focus of both events is to provide our finest performers with an opportunity to showcase their talents in the professional concert arena in front of a capacity audience, which will include key figures from the creative industries such as our special guests and other invited dignitaries.'

The Walled City Music Festival takes place from June 2 - 5 at venues including The Glassworks, Derry~Londonderry. Admission is free for both showcases on June 3; at Christ Church at 1.15pm, and Cultúrlann at 7.30pm. For more information visit www.walledcitymusic.com.