Dermot Dunne on accordian, Katherin Hunka director of Irish Chamber Orchestra on violin and Malachy Robinson on double bass, all set to open NCCM 2016 series in Kilworth on June 16. (Picture: Marc O'Sullivan)

Katherine Hunka, leader of the Irish Chamber Orchestra is one of a trio of top Irish musicians that will kick-start this year’s programme for the North Cork Classical Music (NCCM) series which boasts some really exciting performers this year.

She teams ups with accordionist Dermot Dunne and Malachi Robinson on double bass (collectively know as the Far Flung Trio) for the opening concert in the Village Arts Centre, Kilworth on Thursday, June 16 at 8.15pm (more details of this on Curtain Call page).

Other great concerts to look forward to include the Hydra Quintet at St Colman’s Church, Farahy (Sunday July 24 at 6.30pm – note time).

The Hydra Quintet is made up of five young, energetic and hugely talented musicians and the ambience that the Farahy venue boasts is sure to make this concert truly special (more details from Jane on 022-26257).

Next up will be the Cologne Philharmonic Orchestra (Chamber Philharmonia Cologne) and that takes place at the Kilworth venue on Sunday, August 14.

Always a firm favourite with NCCM audiences, the German ensemble are thrilled to return to the Kilworth venue as they claim it’s one of their favourite small performance spaces.

September 8th bring us Two And A Half Tenors and Austrian flautist Karin Leitner makes welcome return to this area on September 17 after a break of some years. Another concert is being finalised for Sunday, August 28th.

Full details are not yet to hand so watch this space for further details.

Tickets for the opening concert on Thursday, June 16 are now on sale from usual Arts Centre outlets (The Avondhu office, Fermoy 025-32227); Cotter’s Bar, Kilworth (025-27109 after 5pm), Hyland’s Bookshop, Mitchelstown (02524528) or call 087-6492514.