Photographer: Ray McDonnell

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Carnival of the Animals

Chuckle at the clumsy sounds of the elephant. Wonder at the tinkling tunes of the sea. And admire the elegant notes of the swan.

'Carnival of the Animals', written by Saint-Saëns for two pianos and a chamber group, is among the most popular pieces of classical music ever composed. Brought to life by Helen Gregg, who has written a new text especially for these performances, and directed by Marc MacLochlainn of Branar, this timeless score will be performed by Dublin’s Ficino Ensemble.

This piece was not performed until thirty years after the death of its composer Camille Saint-Saëns. It is now among the most popular pieces of classical music, containing tuneful and accessible music that provides the perfect platform to introduce young audiences to the various instruments.

**Special Evening Performance
For our evening performance (TU 15 at 19.00), the Ficino Ensemble will move from animals to fish to bring us a performance of Schubert's glorious ‘Trout Quintet’. This particular performance will run for 100 minutes: 'Carnival of the Animals' (50 min), Interval (10 min), Trout Quintet (40 min). Families with young children will have the opportunity to leave at the interval if they wish.

Artwork by Ray McDonnell.

Adventures in Music
Maoin Cheoil na Gaillimhe is delivering an accompanying education programme to 12 selected schools in the city and county called 'Adventures in Music'.


Music for Galway & Baboró

Music for Galway is home to excellence in classical and contemporary music programming, promotion and presentation in the west of Ireland; inspiring and enriching new audiences for music through memorable performances by exemplary national and international artists.

Music for Galway is funded primarily by the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon and Galway City Council. It is also supported by NUI Galway and Galway’s business community.

Maoin Cheoil na Gaillimhe

Maoin Cheoil na Gaillimhe was established to fulfil the need for structured music learning in Galway city. Offering a wide range of courses spanning popular, traditional and classical music for students of all ages. As teachers, their aim is to communicate the joy of learning music to each student and parent as the fun part of each day’s activities.


Town Hall Theatre

Accessibility: While the main theatre is wheelchair accessible, the studio is not.

Parking: There is limited on-street paid parking around the Town Hall Theatre. There is a large Pay and Display car park at the Galway Cathedral at €5 per day and there is also Pay and Display (street parking) at the Black Box Theatre at €2 per hour. Chargeable hours are 08.30-18.30 Monday to Saturday and 13.00-18.30 Sunday. Both are a five minute walk to the Town Hall Theatre.

Public Bus: Galway city bus route 407 stops at Woodquay, which is a 2 minute walk to the Town Hall Theatre.

Walking: The Town Hall Theatre is located in the heart of Galway city and is a 5 minute walk from Eyre Square and a 12 minute walk from the Spanish Arch.