Birdsong won’t be the only sweet melody floating from the picturesque gardens of Malahide Castle this May. If you’ve been dreaming of a fairytale evening – being whisked away to a castle where you can listen to live music under the stars, surrounded by a sea of flickering candlelight and the fragrant aromas of exotic flora and fauna – then these open air candlelight concerts might be just the ticket.
You might already be familiar with the centuries-old medieval castle, found just 25 minutes from Dublin’s city centre. The storied stronghold was originally gifted to Richard Talbot from King Henry II for his services to the crown in 1185 and, after being passed down through the family, was sold to the Irish State in 1975. Malahide Castle has since welcomed thousands of visitors through its doors and into its idyllic gardens. It’s this green paradise where two mesmerising open air concerts will unfold, inviting you to sit back and soak up the sounds of sublime jazz or be whisked away to the world of film with magical movie soundtracks.
The first captivating candlelight concert coming to the castle (try saying that fast after a few glasses of wine) is Candlelight Open Air: Best of Magical Movie Soundtracks on May 12. Taking place at 9pm, you’ll get to relive some of your favourite cinematic moments through the music that adds that crucial layer of emotion; whether it’s through the romantic swell of violins or formidable build of drums. On this occasion, a talented string quartet will be performing a selection of enchanting tunes from films such as Frozen, Cinderella, Lion King, Avengers, Pirates of the Caribbean and even Mary Poppins. As you breathe in the fresh evening air and watch candlelight dance across the musician’s sweeping bows, you’ll be in film heaven. This night promises to be supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and you don’t want to miss out.
Next up in the calendar is Candlelight Open Air: A Tribute To Nina Simone. On May 27, the manicured gardens will be filled with the iconic music of the acclaimed singer-songwriter, transporting you back in time with a selection of her empowering and emotive songs. A live jazz band will be bringing Nina Simone’s music to life once more, performing her succession of hits with nothing but the soft glow of candlelight to illuminate their sheets of music. This will make for a perfect date night or even mates night, treating a loved one to a relaxing evening where you can celebrate one of the most influential artists of all time in a spellbinding natural setting.