Welcome to the 18th Sligo Festival of Baroque Music
We again have a festival programme that combines performers that will be playing for the first time in Sligo, indeed, in Ireland, with some of Ireland’s foremost musicians.
Madrid based La Ritirata, with young brilliant recorder player, Tamar Lalo and their director, cellist Josetxu Obregon will be “in residence” for the weekend, giving the opening and final concerts as well as offering masterclasses. So you can expect a Spanish flavour to at least some of the weekend.
The musical focus is mainly on French and English music of around the end of the 17th Century. La Ritirata’s opening programme is French, highlighting the recorder and cello, whilst Eleanor Dawson and Reiko Ichesi will show-off the colours of traverso and gamba in the recital with Katherine May.
French dancer and historical dance specialist, Maelle Amand, made a great impression at last year’s festival and she will return to perform a French programme with Dublin-based young baroque ensemble, Respicio.
English viol music from the very end of the life of the Viol Cosort will be performed by the recently formed Ireland-based Zingle Zingers, and English harpsichord music of the 17th Century will be performed by harpsichordist and harpsichord-maker Colin Booth.
Not to mention a concert from the Irish Baroque Orchestra with a contrasting 18th century programme and various workshops for both children and adults. It adds up to a weekend of very high-quality music-making, great educational opportunities and a guaranteed informal and friendly atmosphere.
We hope to welcome you in person at some point during the weekend…