Friday 23rd September
Saturday 24th September
Sunday September 25th
Sligo Festival of Baroque Music 23rd – 25th September 2016
Now that the Sligo Festival of Baroque Music is coming of age, we hope that you will make sure to keep the 23rd – 25th September 2016 free so that you can come and join us for a weekend of celebration.
That the Festival has been going for twenty one years is not the important thing. We will have music that is certainly worth travelling for, and performances that through their musicality and virtuosity will delight and engage – all in the beautiful space that is The Model, in a really friendly atmosphere.
The Music of Handel will be sommething of a focus of the 2016 programme, with the London Handel Players our “ensemble in residence.”The London Handel Players is a world class ensemble bringing together leading period-instrument specialists in the field of baroque chamber music. From the smallest forces (duos, trios and quartets) the ensemble expands to flute/recorder with strings and harpsichord (larger-scale chamber works and concertos) to present a vast repertoire of gems from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Closely associated with the London Handel Festival, they perform regularly at Handel’s church, St George’s Hanover Square, and at the Handel House Museum and Wigmore Hall in addition to music societies and festivals worldwide.
The London Handel Players will perform two concerts during the Sligo festival. As well as an intimate instrumental programme, featuring Handel sonatas and trio sonatas, the London Handel Players will perform and orchestral programme devised for the festival byviolinist/director Adrian Butterfield featuring young soprano, Raphaela Papadakis.
This is the first time that the London Handel Players will have peformed in Sligo. Camerata Kilkenny is ensemble of old and particularly admired friends of Sligo Festival. They will bring our weekend’s festivities to a close with a very intriguing programme bassed on fantastical litereary works from the 18th century – including, of course, musical responses to Johnathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travells.
A Small Wonder is the title of a programme of music by one of the rather few female composers from the Baroque, Eilsabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre featuring soprano Pauline Graham, violinist Debbie Diamond, Sarah Groser (Gamba) and Yonit Kosovske – an all female concert.
We will in the coming weeks add details of the other concerts that will go to make up this year’s festival, and, no less important, will be supplying details of a the various master-classes and educational opportunities that we will have on offer this year.
Putting on a Festival requires a great deal of work and a fairly substantial amount of money! The work is all done on a voluntary basis by members of our committee and also others who value the event and offer their assistance in all sorts of practical ways.
As I write this we do not know what support (if any) we will receive from the Arts Council; individuals and some local businesses have already offered sponsorship for this year. If you feel able to help financially, we’d love to hear from you – we are really good at changing all financial support into wonderful musical experiences!
Rod Alston – Festival Director
To offer practical assistance and for all inquiries contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tickets are available from The Hawks Well Theatre and from Wards Pharmacy, O’Connell Street, Sligo.
Also available throughout the festival at our desk in the Model.
What We Were Told
Over the last nineteen years there have been so many kind and flattering things written and said about the festival that it is slightly embarrassing – as well as being very encouraging. Below are a few of the comments we received at the 19th Festival in 2014.
The Arts Council of Ireland
Sligo Arts Service
Mayo Sligo Leitrim ETB
RTE Supporting the Arts
Judge Keenan Johnson
In memory of Teresa and James Storey
Nolan & Quinlan
Dr Klocker Dental Surgery
Sligo Grammar School
Sligo Academy of Music
Anna Maria Watters
In memory of Patrick Gordon
Olive & Sean Braiden
Olive and Sean Braiden
Anna Fewer Hamilton
Fabio Ice Cream
Mary McDonnell Tir na n’Og