Makrigialos, Crete welcomes back the Casa dei Mezzo Classical Festival, Thursday 26 June - Monday 30 June, 2014. This year another outstanding list of invited artists are participating. These include two Brits, Northern Ireland born flautist, Eimear McGeown who is returning for a third year in a row and Scottish-born, mezzo-soprano Linda Finnie who is on her first appearance at the festival.
Eimear McGeown (Twitter #Eimearflute) has established a busy and varied career since 2005. One of the highlights was a recent invitation by Her Majesty the Queen to attend a Royal Reception at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the achievements of young people in the performing arts. Eimear has also earned a reputation on the Traditional Irish Flute and Whistle and was All Ireland Champion twice and her versatility led to her performing in the West End Production of 'Lord of the Rings' in Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Both as a classical and traditional Irish flautist, she has performed for Presidents Bill Clinton, Mary Robinson, Mary McAleese, Prince Charles and Prince Edward. Eimear is grateful to Camerata Ireland, Accenture, Concordia Foundation and Arts Council NI for their continuing support in her performing career.
International mezzo-soprano Linda Finnie is recognised as one of the finest artistes of her generation. Linda was born and educated in Scotland and studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, winning all of the major singing prizes. In 1977 she came to full international recognition on winning the Kathleen Ferrier Prize at the International Vocalisten Concour in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands. Linda has performed in all of the major opera houses in Great Britain, significantly with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the English National Opera, and with all of the leading British conductors in concerts, at the BBC Proms and in recordings.