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4 Corners: In Conversation With Ruth McGinley

Following on from interviews with the likes of Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody and Deacon Blue’s Ricky Ross, this year Steve Stockman sits down with Derry’s pianist Ruth McGinley, who won the piano final of BBC’s Young Musician of The Year 1994. Ruth has had quite a journey with her music first leading her to success, then to almost giving up the piano altogether. You’ll be inspired as Steve and Ruth chat about how she rediscovered her gift and found deep gladness in finding musical common ground with divergent acts such as Duke Special, Ryan Vail, Neil Martin and The Priests. Ruth will soundtrack the evening with her astonishing playing.

This event will also be streamed live on the 4 Corners YouTube channel for those unable to be at the Grand Opera House in person. Click on the button below to register for this free live stream: please note that details about how to log on will be emailed to you closer to the time.



The 4 Corners Festival seeks to inspire people from across the city of Belfast to transform it for the peace and wellbeing of all. It consists of innovative events designed to entice people out of their own ‘corners’ of the city and into new places where they will encounter new perspectives, new ideas, and new friends. The 2022 Festival runs from Sunday 30 January to Sunday 6 February and the theme is Common Ground; Common Good.

Full details of the programme are available on our website.

The festival is funded by The Executive Office Central Good Relations Funding Programme and The Department of Foreign Affairs Reconciliation Fund.This event is kindly supported by the Linen Quarter BID.

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