Council plaque to mark Hopkins 25th

Newbridge Town Council have agreed to present the Gerard Manley Hopkins Festival with a specially commissioned plaque to mark their 25th anniversary.

Newbridge Town Council have agreed to present the Gerard Manley Hopkins Festival with a specially commissioned plaque to mark their 25th anniversary.

Cllr Paddy Kennedy proposed that a plaque could be given to the Hopkins Festival to mark their Silver Jubliee at last month’s Town Council meeting and all councillors were in favour.

The eagerly awaited festival takes place in Newbridge from Saturday, July 21 to Friday, July 27. Described as the “cultural event of the year” this year the committee promise to pull out all the stops to celebrate the Silver Jubilee.

The festival will begin with internationally acclaimed classical pianist Hans Palsson from Sweden who will play Beethoven, Schubert and Chopin at Newbridge College.

“Dr Palsson is one of Sweden’s foremost concert pianists and in an age of narrow specialisms is noted for his wide range from Bach through the Romantics to the 21st century,” said festival PRO Jo Doyle. “He has given concerts all over the world. He also teaches master classes and serves on jury panels of several piano competitions. This is a wonderful opportunity for lovers of classical piano music to hear a world-class pianist in an intimate and local setting.”

Meanhwhile among the speakers at the festival opening will be Pedro Irigonegaray from Cuba while Irish music highlights will include a concert by Frankie Gavin with Michelle Lally and Desmond Egan on Tuesday, July 24 and flute player Diarmuid Johnson later in the week.