The residents, friends, relatives and staff of Castletownbere Community Hospital are delighted to welcome internationally renowned pianist David Syme to perform a selection of familiar and favoured music for the hospital community  as part of Cork counties Culture Night celebrations on Friday 18 September at 6:30pm. The event is organised as part of the Arts for Health Partnership Programme, West Cork. 

David Syme, is an American piano virtuoso who has made Castltownbere his new home. He has had a long and colourful career having performed in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, and in major venues in 17 European countries, Canada and Mexico. An alumnus of Juilliard and Indiana University, he was a protégé of the legendary Jorge Bolet. He was schooled in the grand tradition of the great masters, and also studied with Ozan Marsh, Sascha Gorodnitzki, Ania Dorfmann, Louis Kentner and Constance Keene. He has recorded two dozen CD’s with such orchestras as the Royal Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony, and the Czech National Symphony.

“He’s a fearless player, with a go-for-it, heart on sleeve approach, as his programming of Liszt’s daunting arrangement of Wagner’s Tannhauser overture made clear.” The Irish Times, 14 August 2013

Culture Night comprises hundreds of events across Ireland and overseas inviting everyone to get involved, go see or take part in an arts event for free at your local venue. This wonderful celebratory occasion in Castletownbere Hospital gives this same access to culture for all, including those unable to get out, enabling more to take part of this unique global event. A real inspiration for us all to take part.

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Arts for Health partnership programme is based in West Cork and provides a managed and integrated arts programme for older people in healthcare settings. Managed by West Cork Arts Centre, Arts for Health runs all year round and is delivered by team of professional artists from different disciplines. It takes place in five Community Hospitals, Bantry General Hospital Care of the Elderly Unit and five Day Care The partners comprise West Cork Arts Centre, Cork County Council, Cork Education & Training Board and the HSE. The HSE is represented through the Cork Arts + Health Programme, the Communications Department, Health Promotion Department, the Nursing Directors of Community Hospitals and the Day Care Centres, West Cork.

With special thanks to the staff of Castltwonbere Community Hospital, David Syme and Dinny Wiseman


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