Photographer: Ray McDonnell

Music for Galway and Baboró | Ireland | Music

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.

Baboró International Arts Festival for Children and Music for Galway are joining forces for the first time to produce a very special event; the presentation of the iconic Carnival of the Animals, composed by French composer Saint-Saëns for two pianos and a chamber group. It is among the most popular pieces of classical music ever composed and will be performed by Dublin’s Ficino Ensemble.

The musical staging will be brought to life by new child-friendly texts, written and performed by Helen Gregg, and directed by Marc MacLochlainn of Branar.

Carnival of the Animals contains tuneful and accessible music that provides the perfect platform to introduce young audiences to a number of instruments. Each of the music's 14 movements represents a different animal including a lion, elephant, swan, donkey, rooster, kanagaroo and tortoise. Overall the musical suite is beautiful, funny, and clever all at once.

**Special Evening Performance | 7pm Tues 15 Oct
The family evening concert on Tues Oct 15 at 7pm will see the Ficino Ensemble move from animals to fish to bring us a performance of Schubert’s Trout Quintet following their performance of Carnival of the Animals.

Approximate timings:
7pm - Carnival of the Animals (50 mins approx)
8pm - Schubert’s Trout Quintet (40 mins approx)

Families with young children will have the opportunity to leave at the interval if they wish. Suitable for ages 5+.

Artwork by Ray McDonnell.

Education Outreach Programme with Adventures in Music
As part of this project, Baboró and Music for Galway are working in partnership with Maoin Ceoil na Gaillimhe, on an accompanying education outreach programme. Over 5-weeks, MCnG is delivering a cross-curriculum Carnival of the Animals education pack to the children of 12 national schools in Galway city and county. Developed by Hugh Kelly of Adventures in Music and MCnG, the educational material is re-enforced by a series of interective workshops where the staff of MCnG help children to connect to the Carnival of Animals production through a playful demonstration and converation about the instruments in the show.

Maoin Cheoil na Gaillimhe (MCnG) is a dedicated school of music serving over 1,000 children in Galway city and county.

Recommended Performance
This is a 'Recommended Performance' which means that it has been identified as suitable for groups with additional needs.

You can download an information pack on this performance here.

Company Information

Music for Galway

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: The auditorium for this performance is wheelchair accessible.

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.