Project information

Walled City Music Festival 2011

The Walled City Music Festival is a classical music festival taking place in the distinct and historical city of Derry, Northern Ireland, August 1-8, 2011. Evening concerts given by world renowned International Musicians, free daily masterclasses and workshops.

January 2011 - August 2011

Charity information

Walled City Music Trust

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  • Need


    To create opportunities for the youth in Northern Ireland from all sides to have access to the highest calibre of classical musicians, as a source of inspiration and motivation to reach their full potential as young musicians. There is currently no major international representation of Classical Music in Derry, the winner of the 2013 City of Culture.


    To inspire future generations of classical musicians in Northern Ireland, to support musical talent and its development in the city of Derry. The Festival will give the youth free access to the world's finest musicians, through participation in workshops and masterclasses, and attendance at high profile evening concerts. Direct access to the performances, advice and teaching from these musicians will have a lasting impact on inspiring talent to strive and realize the highest international level.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To create a future generation of classical musicians in N. Ireland, to enhance culture and awareness


    » Evening concerts, Masterclasses, Workshops, Interviews, Opportunities to meet-the-Artists.

    Success will be measured in the short-term by the interest and growth from the classical music community. In the long-term we hope to have inspired more talent to strive higher

  • Impact


    In the long-term we will have inspired more talent to strive to the highest international level of Artistry. We hope to have created a strong cultural contribution to the success of the 2013 City of Culture, as a main representative of Classical Music in the city of Derry-Londonderry. International interest has already been growing rapidly, and we hope to forge new links with international organizations and develop current links, for the long term success of our cause.


    All risks have been assessed and covered, as our project is partially financed by the National Lottery Funds, we have strict criteria in place to cover all risks involved in the Festival.


    We will send reports on the success of the Festival after its completion, including critical reviews, archival audio recordings, and responses to the Festival experience.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £115,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £45,000 Artists Fees Artist Fees/ 7 days of Concerts
      £14,000 Educational Fees Workshops, Masterclasses and Lectures
      £9,000 Travel Flights and Local Transport
      £11,000 Accommodation Accommodation for Artists/Volunteers
      £7,000 Services Publicity, Piano Hire, Technicians
      £14,000 Administration Administration
      £15,000 Venue Hire Hire of all venues, staff and facilities

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    University of Ulster £15,000 Guaranteed
    Arts Council of Northern Ireland £30,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The Walled City Music Festival takes place in the ancient, historic and unique city of Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Derry-Londonderry is the winner of UK City of Culture 2013, but currently does not have a major representation of Classical Music. The entire Festival will take place thoughout the Magee campus of the University of Ulster, between the main building and the School of Music.


    Both international and local communities greatly benefit from the Festival. We have world renowned Artists coming to Derry, representing many different countries, who will be working with some of the locally-based students. Derry is beginning to grow economically, but it has been restricted due to the recent Troubles in Northern Ireland
    All educational activities and events are free admission to the public and students participating--our aim to stimulate interest in classical music.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Northern Ireland does not currently have an international classical music festival of this calibre. The Festival is able to bring Grammy-award winning musicians due to its Artistic Directors, pianist Cathal Breslin and American Sabrina Hu, who have selected colleagues interested in the long-term development of classical music in Northern Ireland. Dr. Breslin wanted to create a way of creating exceptional opportunities in his home city that he did not have growing up during the Troubles.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr. Cathal Breslin

    Co-Artistic Director Internationally renowned concert pianist, born in Derry, Northern Ireland. Role of inviting musicians to perform at the Festival

    Dr. Sabrina Hu

    Co-Artistic Director Internationally renowned flautist, born in Texas, U.S.A. Role of inviting musicians to perform at the Festival