The 2018 festival will focus on the work that would have been heard in mid-18th century Dublin and Dresden.
Ensembles will include Musica Poetica (www.musicapoetica.info), Camerata Kilkenny (www.cameratakilkenny.com), The Giordani Quartet and The Sligo Baroque Orchestra (www.sligobaroqueorchestra.com). Concerts will feature sopranos Orla Shannon and Aisling Kenny. There will be solo recitals by Luciana Elizonda, viola da gamba and Colin Booth, harpsichord. There will be a concert by two emerging baroque soloists Miriam Kaczor and Fionnuala MacMahon.
Featured composers will include Francesco Geminiani, Georg Friedrich Handel, Nicolo Pasquali, Johann David Heinichen, Johann Adolph Hasse, Thomas Arne, Carl Friedrich Abel, Pierre-Gabriel Buffardin and Domenico Scarlatti.
As each year, there will be an introduction to baroque music for schools and visiting performers will conduct master classes.
The full concerts programme will be announced in early May.
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 as soon as the full programme is announced.