This year’s festival will largely focus on German music from the late Baroque. As well as Maya Homburger’s two concerts, the programmes of the opening and final concerts to be given by Ensemble Meridiana, performing for the first time in Ireland. A complete change of mood, period and instrumentation will be provided by Amoroso Foco.
Since its formation in 2006, multi award-winning Ensemble Meridiana has established itself as one of Europe’s finest Baroque ensembles of it’s generation. The five members of Ensemble Meridiana come from four different countries and met during their studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, Switzerland where they specialised in early music.
In March 2007 Ensemble Meridiana won the first prize and the audience prize in the 4th International Telemann Competition in Magdeburg, Germany and in July 2009, Meridiana won the York International Young Artists Competition. Most recently, the ensemble won their third international competition: the Göttinger Reihe Historischer Musik der Internationalen Händel-Gesellschaft in 2011. Meridiana has performed concerts in prestigious international festivals, such as the Händel Festspiele Göttingen, the Arols Baroque Festival, the Magdeburg Telemann Festival, the Leipzig Bach Archive Summer Concerts, J.S. Bach’s house in Eisenach, a tour of Romania in 2008 and concerts at the National Centre for Early Music in York and King’s Place, London.
The festival programme also includes: opening reception Sligo Baroque orchestra; Introduction to Baroque Music and Baroque Instruments by Ensemble Meridiana; Baroque dance classes; string training orchestra with members of Ensemble Meridiana ending with a “performance”; playing solo Bach – masterclass with Maya Homburger; student concert and instrument makers workshop.