This year’s Boyle Arts Festival is set to strike the right chord with guests. While the programme is packed with events covering visual art, theatre, literature and family activities, the piano is the theme for this year’s festival and a number of world renowned pianists will be placing themselves in front of the Steinway Piano at King House. Boyle Arts Festival is delighted to welcome the celebrated Irish pianist, Philip Martin as its featured composer for 2007 – a year that also marks his 60th birthday. This year has seen Philip premiere his third piano concerto with the National Symphony of Ireland. This concerto entitled ‘The Nine Orders of Angels’ adds an important work to his already distinguished concerto repertoire of over 60 concertos. A prolific composer, Philip Martin has written numerous orchestral, chamber, instrumental, and vocal works including three piano concertos, a harp concerto, seven piano trios and over 300 songs. As well as including his own works, Philip Martin’s programme will include music by Herz, Liszt and Beethoven. Philip will perform in King House on Sunday 29th July at 8 pm. On 30th July Maria McGarry will add the King House to her many performance venues in across Europe, North America and Asia. Her personal style and depth of interpretation has won her great acclaim. Maria’s program for the Boyle Arts Festival will include music from Debussy, Granados and contemporary composer Ian Wilson. To experience ‘a Gallic touch, a Slavic soul and a mathematician’s precision’ one cannot miss Ivan Illic at King House on Thursday 2nd August. Illic is a rising star on the Parisian music scene and is gaining world wide recognition for his unique style. Illic’s programme includes music by Handel, Brahms, Durosoir, Debussy and Fernando Benadon. The Boyle Arts Festival runs from 27th July to 3rd August. Further information can be obtained from the festival website www.boylearts.com or by ringing the festival box office on (071) 9663085.