Established in 2016, Birr Festival of Music is an ever-developing annual classical music festival in Birr, Co. Offaly.
We are also home to The Trench Award and Birr Young Voices.
This year, Birr Festival of Music will expand to a five-day festival from 27 April - 1 May 2023.
Our programme includes a vibrant range of events; concerts (indoors and outdoors), workshops, street performances, pop-up and online events featuring singers and musicians of national and international acclaim.
Our aims are to:
expand the profile and enjoyment of classical music for all
support emerging professional musicians in their training and development
support children’s choral singing through Birr Young Voices
work to establish a Community Festival Choir
About our festival
BIRR FESTIVAL OF MUSIC 2023
Programme out now!
We will be bringing you another thrilling programme of classical music events this May Bank Holiday Weekend.
We will be expanding our outreach to local secondary schools, celebrating Birr's rich history, hosting some exquisite recitals in beautiful Birr venues plus lots more.
2023 will also mark 10 years of The Trench Award!
We are delighted to welcome pianist, conductor, art song specialist and one of Ireland’s most sought-after accompanists, Niall Kinsella as Artistic Curator for Birr Festival of Music in 2023.
For the 10th Anniversary of The Trench Award, Niall has curated three very special concerts featuring Award recipients from the past nine years.
JULIA & PATRICK TRENCH
Julia Trench, who died in 2007 left the residue of her estate to create a Trust Fund, the income from which she designated should be used for educational, religious, welfare and social and community purposes.
The Revenue Commissioners approved that a Fund with charitable status should be established and so, the JVM Trench Trust has been supporting community projects mainly, but not exclusively in the Midlands of Ireland.
Julia & Patrick Trench had an abiding love of music. Both sang, played piano, organ, flute and harp and were noted for their musical evenings at their home at Sopwell Hall, North Tipperary.
Julia was one of the many generous benefactors of the establishment of Birr Theatre & Arts Centre.
Birr Festival of Music is immensely grateful to The Trench Trust for its continued and generous support.
As Trustees of Julia’s Trust, we are endeavouring to give expression to what we know would be her heart’s desire. It is therefore a matter of very great delight to us that Birr Festival of Music has managed to evolve a musical programme in Birr which began with a single competition concert on one Sunday evening and now has grown to include an elaborated competition Concert, Voice and Instrument masterclasses open to the public, a Children’s Choir, visiting musicians and street music in the town.
Chairman, The JVM Trench Trust
Maureen de Forge
Anne O'Callaghan Rowan
Michelle de Forge
Emma Nee Haslam
Venue Manager, Birr Theatre & Arts Centre
Marketing & PR Manager
Youth Development Officer
Over many years, Birr Theatre & Arts Centre has been the catalyst to the establishment of many festivals in Birr, including Birr Festival of Music.
We acknowledge the invaluable support of the theatre, venue manager, Emma Nee Haslam and all the staff and volunteers.
Birr Theatre & Arts Centre is not only of vital importance to all festivals in the town but also to the community and cultural activity of Birr and the wider region.