Everyone should have the right to listen to, learn about and love music. This simple belief is the driving force behind everything that Galway Music Residency (GMR) aims to achieve. It exists to serve the people of Galway city and county, providing opportunities for all to experience music in new and unexpected ways, to learn from inspiring musicians and spark joy in their lives.
In 2002, a group of people dedicated to creating listening opportunities in their community had an ambitious idea – to bring an internationally renowned classical music ensemble to Galway to enrich the lives of its citizens. With support from local institutions, the organisation Galway Music Residency was born (originally named Galway Ensemble in Residence).
Following a competitive international audition process, the ConTempo Quartet was chosen as GMR’s Ensemble in Residence. This young and vibrant quartet, comprised of two married couples, had formed in Bucharest Romania, and already had an impressive career of performances, recordings and awards under its belt. The ensemble had, as well as its unparalleled musical talent, a spark that made the selection panel believe they would bring something truly special to the people of Galway. Ever since ConTempo Quartet took up their residency in 2003, this has remained true, and the quartet is committed to continuing its residency for as long as it can make a positive impact on its adopted community.
Meet our Ensemble in Residence - The Galway ConTempo Quartet »
GIVING THE GIFT OF MUSIC
This unique long-term residency has allowed GMR to develop long-lasting relationships with individuals, communities, artists and organisations, creating meaningful connections throughout Galway. Over the past 16 years, GMR has developed a remarkable and ever-evolving suite of education and performance programmes to serve diverse audiences and under-served communities in Galway, presenting some of the best music ever composed in new and unexpected ways.
At the core of our work has been the goal of breaking down the barrier that traditionally separates the audience, the general public, from classical music and musicians. We present music in interactive ways, in unexpected venues, giving people of all walks of life meaningful experiences of music and encouraging the next generation of music lovers.
We hope you enjoy our year of music…