An Introduction to Music in Drumcliffe
Since its establishment in 2000, Music in Drumcliffe, formerly The Vogler Spring Festival, has become one of Ireland’s leading international chamber music festivals and is now a major highlight in the national annual calendar of music events. Music in Drumcliffe offers its loyal audience and new visitors alike the opportunity to experience high standards of programming through a fresh choice of artists performing alongside the internationally acclaimed Vogler Quartet, in one of the most beautiful locations in Ireland, at the foot of Benbulben mountain and in the heart of Yeats country.
"The venue, St Columba's church, dates from the same period as some of the music to be performed. Using masonry from the ancient monastery, it was erected in 1809, some ten years after Beethoven wrote his quartet Op 18 No 3, and less than twenty years before Schubert completed his great C major Quintet. Because it seats around 200 people, it has an apt intimacy; but it also has sufficient resonance to give the sound of small groups a pleasing combination of clarity and richness. The artistic connections of Drumcliffe are above all enshrined in the churchyard, in the grave of WB Yeats (1865 - 1939). This writer of poetry that is among the most musical-sounding in the English language had long family connections with this part of Ireland. He spent much of his childhood in this area, and in 1805 his grandfather had been appointed rector of this parish."
Martin Adams 2010
Sligo Arts Service works closely with Caroline Wynne, Artscope, the Vogler Quartet, the Arts Council of Ireland and key stakeholders locally, regionally and nationally to ensure that Music in Drumcliffe retains its place as one of Ireland’s most distinguished chamber music festivals. The festival is part of Sligo’s strategic investment and focus on music and the development of the cultural and artistic life of the city and county by Sligo County Council.