Russian Masterpieces to Mark Clandeboye Milestone

The classical music festival's 15th edition will celebrate 30 years since director Barry Douglas's Tchaikovsky prize triumph

County Down's Clandeboye Festival will be subject to a Russian revolution from August 12 to 20 to mark the 30th anniversary of Barry Douglas winning the prestigious Tchaikovsky Piano Competition.

Set in the beautiful courtyard grounds of Clandeboye Estate, the classical concert series will centre around the works of Russian composer Tchaikovsky, with violinist and conductor Dmitry Sitkovetsky, pianist Boris Berezovsky and soprano Maria Ostroukhova lined up to perform alongside the Ortus Quartet and many more Irish and international artists.

Douglas will raise the curtain on the festival's 15th year with the Ulster Orchestra in a special in a BBC Summer Invitation concert at the Ulster Hall, while the all Ireland chamber orchestra, Camerata Ireland will also be welcomed home, following successful tours to China, Latin America and Washington DC.

'At Clandeboye we continue the Russian theme with works from over ten other Russian composers from Rachmaninov to Shostakovich,' said Douglas, who serves as Artistic Director of the festival and Camerata Ireland. 'Extended over two weekends we will have evening concerts, a Sunday afternoon concert and lunchtime one-hour concerts.'

Irish music is not forgotten with John Field's Nocturnes and an evening of traditional Irish and Scottish music arranged for Scottish musicians Chris Stout and Catriona McKay and local flautist Eimear McGeown. Rising stars will have the chance to shine too with a concert showcasing the young musicians of the Clandeboye Academy set for August 16.

For something different, the festival will also provide a platform for the next wave of young designers in a fashion show produced by Maureen Martin, and with music by Camerata Ireland.

Tickets for the festival are on sale via the Grand Opera House, Belfast and on the night on the door. For advance booking visit www.goh.co.uk/clandeboye-festival.