The 23rd Sligo Festival of Baroque Music will run from 28th-30th September 2018.

The full 2018 festival programme is now available HERE with details for each concert of performing groups, soloists and works being performed. The programme also provides details of masterclasses and the youth training orchestra. 

 tickets are on sale at the Hawkswell Theatre, Sligo - online,  by phone  071 9161518  or in person.. 

The 2018 festival will focus on the work that would have been heard in mid-18th century Dublin and Dresden. 

We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that this wonderful festival is organised on a very modest budget with all administration by unpaid volunteers. As well as box office we depend on the support of sponsors, patrons and friends. Our largest single source of funding is the Arts Council of Ireland. If you would like to become a sponsor, patron or friend, have a look at the ‘support us’ section of the website and do get in touch. Above all else, put the festival dates in your diary and book your season or individual concert tickets.

Friday, 28th September

Saturday, 29th September

Sunday, 30th September

Festival Training Orchestra

Debbie Diamond will mentor young instrumentalists learning to perform baroque music with appropriate style and interpretation, in the Festival Training Orchestra, which is open to string players (violin, viola, cello, double bass) and wind (flute, oboe, bassoon) of a suitable standard (Grade VI plus).

Music will be provided, including concertos by Corelli, Vivaldi and Telemann. Training sessions will be held over the weekend, ending with a half-hour public play-through, as part of the Festival concert programme, in The Model at 5.30 pm on Sunday 30 September.

Participants must be available for all sessions and the play-through.

Please contact Lorraine Howley  for details, and to enrol.

Debbie Diamond, a violinist, has studied historical performance at Toronto university and the Early Music Institute at Indiana university. She is a member of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and has performed with English Baroque Soloists and many leading early music ensembles. She is a highly experienced teacher of baroque performance style, and currently coaches the classical orchestra of the Royal Academy of Music's junior academy.


The Festival is committed to developing baroque musicians of the future, especially in the Sligo area, and the presence of leading professional musicians specialising in the baroque style is a great opportunity for learners to have tuition from them locally during the weekend.

•          Violin masterclass with Debbie Diamond

•          Harpsichord masterclass with Colin Booth

It is expected that the classes will be held on Saturday morning at about 11am. For details of masterclasses, and to enrol, please contact Lorraine Howley 087 254 1598. Places are limited. Observers are welcome to attend.

Demonstration by Instrument Maker  - Saturday and Sunday

Kuros Torkzadeh, instrument maker, will demonstrate his craft during the Festival. A classically trained musician based in Bray Co. Wicklow, Kuros specialises in making violins, violas and cellos as well as fine restoration and repair. Using outlines, shapes and proportions of the classical originals as an inspiration to create unique pieces that are distinct and individual in character, Kuros produces instruments that have their own personality and good playability.

Kuros will be present in the foyer of The Model on Saturday and Sunday.