The Festivals

About the Work

Giles Packham wrote the music for The Festivals, a four-part series, that tells the story of four much loved Irish horse racing festivals: Listowel, Bellewstown, Down Royal and Mallow

The series was directed by Liam Nolan, Ciaran Tanham and Gerry Hoban and edited by Sarah Armstrong. Liam has a nice piece on his blog here.

National hunt festival racing offers an even greater glimpse back to Ireland’s agrarian roots than any of our other national sports, and the series tries to capture the sense of tradition and heritage through a number of engaging characters and stories: trainers, race managers, bookies, publicans, jockeys — all trying to make a living from the sport that they love. They and their families have been involved in these festivals for generations.

The series premieres on Setanta Sport 11th March 2014.

Score for the series blends tension, drama and comedy.

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