Galway Music Residency

Strings Attached with ConTempo Quartet

Three concerts, three magical nights, three beautiful venues. Celebrating 20 remarkable years of ConTempo Quartet in Galway with jazz, classical and traditional music concerts.

These three unique concerts mark 20 years since the ConTempo Quartet became the Ensemble-in-Residence with Galway Music Residency. Enjoy the concerts on their own or experience all three for a rich musical journey.


JazzTempo + ConTempo Quartet

Tuesday 18 July, 6pm

An Taibhdhearc, Middle Street.

Duration 1 hour approx.

Delve into the captivating fusion of jazz standards and classical strings led by wunderkind Matthew Berrill. This intimate concert features an all-star octet, including Róisín Mulliez, Aengus Hackett and Barry Donohue that will ignite your senses intertwining genres to captivate all musical tastes.

Bill Whelan World Premiere

Wednesday 19 July, 6pm

Saint Nicholas Collegiate Church, Lombard Street.

Duration 1 hour approx.

Grammy award-winning composer Bill Whelan treats classical and traditional worlds as equals in his world premiere composition performed by ConTempo Quartet and rising stars of Irish traditional arts, siblings Séamus and Caoimhe Uí Fhlatharta. Alongside this premiere, this atmospheric concert weaves a rich tapestry of tunes, airs and contemporary music inspired by the traditional, and features renowned Galway-piper Pádraic Keane.

Finghin Collins + ConTempo Quartet

Thursday 20 July, 6pm.

Emily Anderson Concert Hall (Quadrangle), University of Galway.
*Please note: there is no step-free access to this venue. There is a ramp-entrance to enter the building, followed by 33 steps to access the auditorium*

Duration 1 hour and 10 minutes approx.

Internationally renowned pianist Finghin Collins joins ConTempo Quartet for an evening of music including the profound Piano Quintet by Johannes Brahms. Supported by Music for Galway and the University of Galway, this final event takes place in the prestigious Emily Anderson Concert Hall (Quadrangle), where the ambient surroundings amplify the magic of this unforgettable musical encounter.

Find out more about all three concerts here

About ConTempo Quartet
Formed in 1995 in Bucharest, ConTempo Quartet is recognised as one of the most exciting and vibrant chamber ensembles performing today. The quartet was chosen as Galway Music Residency’s Ensemble in Residence in 2003 and continues to captivate audiences throughout Galway city and county with its repertoire of classical, contemporary, folk and traditional music.