Sligo Baroque Orchestra began life as Sligo Early Music Ensemble in 1990 at a time when classical instrumental music in Sligo was almost non-existent.
Its aim was playing music from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in a historically informed manner and for twenty years it has maintained that goal, meeting for weekly rehearsals, exploring hundreds of baroque compositions, holding workshops and giving more than a hundred performances in Sligo and the North West.
The orchestra is markedly inclusive, involving much sought-after professional musicians as well as amateur and student instrumentalists, and including members from very different musical backgrounds.
The sbo has been joined by eminent soloists including cellist Stephan Forck, viola player Stefan Fehlandt, flautists Elisabeth Gillan, Isabelle Herold and Eleanor Dawson, gamba player Sarah Groser and violinists Niamh Crowley, Therese Timoney and Nicola Cleary.
During the last twelve months the sbo has collaborated with modern dance ensemble Hereinafter Dance Company with African band Tropicana Musica and has performed pieces composed for the orchestra by Steve Wickham and student composer Ferdia Durkin as well as performing works from the more usual baroque repertoire.