About the Sligo Festival of Baroque Music

Sligo Festival of Baroque Music began life in 1995 as Sligo Early Music Festival, conceived and implemented by Rod Alston and the Sligo Early Music Ensemble – which had been formed five years earlier.

Now in its twenty fourth year, the festival aims to present high quality performance of baroque chamber music in a notably friendly and informal context. There is always a mix of performers, some with an established international reputation, others at an early stage of their careers. A feature of the festival has always been an attempt to foster the development of young performers.

Sligo Festival of Baroque Music is currently managed by a voluntary committee with Nicola Cleary as Artistic Director. The festival receives financial support from The Arts Council, Sligo Arts Service, and Failte Ireland, as well as sponsorship and donations from businesses, organisations and individuals.

The committee meets regularly throughout the year. A great deal of the practical work is done on a voluntary basis by committee members and those who value the festival. Suggestions and criticisms go towards our endeavours to improve the event; and we are, of course, encouraged by thanks and praise!


Sligo Festival of Baroque Music Committee:

Steve Wickham, Chairperson

John Fahy, Treasurer

Seamus Storey

Imelda Harte

Alan Moran

Nicola Cleary, Artistic Director