We're currently working on the programme for the 2018 Festival. It is planned that the festival will focus on the work of Francesco Geminiani (1687-1762) who spent time in Dublin in the 1730s and 1750s and died in the city in 1762, together with music by other composers whose work would have been heard in the city around that time, including Handel and Arcangelo Corelli, Geminiani’s teacher. There will also be a focus on German music which would have been popular at the court of Dresden around that time, including Heinichen, Zelenka and Hasse. Keep an eye on this site during the spring for further details.. Stay tuned for updates.
Some Photos from 2017 Festival thanks to KDM photography Sligo..
Review of 2017 Festival
The 22nd festival which took place in October, was the most successful to date with almost 600 attending concerts and master classes in the Model over the festival weekend – 25% up on 2016.
Festival Director Rod Alston was delighted with the quality of music over the weekend, including an impressive performance by the Sligo Baroque Orchestra which is comprised of young Sligo musicians under the able leadership of celebrated violinist Nicola Cleary. The SBO accompanied wonderful soprano Francesca Placanica in a breath taking performance of a rarely heard cantata Ino by Georg Philipp Telemann.
The acclaimed Camerata Bachiensis, normally the ensemble in residence at the Bach Museum in Leipzig, gave two concerts, one of which included a particularly memorable performance of one of the composer’s famous Brandenburg Concertos. The audience was thrilled by the performance of baroque dance on Saturday evening accompanied by music of German and French Baroque composers, including Telemann, Handel and Lully. Colin Booth’s lecture / concert of harpsichord music by Handel and Telemann attracted a large and appreciative audience. Festival goers were treated to the rare opportunity to hear very beautiful music written for the historic instrument the viol by French composers, including Marais, Couperin and Rameau as well as the Italian Gesualdo and English composers William Byrd and Orlando Gibbon. Viol players featured were internationally renowned Sarah Groser and Reiko Ichise as well as young Irish stars Caitriona O’Mahony, Sebastian Adams and Norah O’Leary.
Our festival is now a highly regarded national event and attracts an enthusiastic local audience and many from across the country who are enthusiastic about early and baroque music. The voluntary local committee which organises the festival are grateful for local support in sponsorship and attendance.
Help Support and Fund the Festival
The Sligo Festival of Baroque Music would not take place without the support of smaller and larger contributions from patrons and sponsors
If you would like to offer support in other ways, including providing accommodation for performers, contact the artistic director
(see contacts page for details)
What We Were Told
There have been so many kind and flattering things written and said about the festival that it is slightly embarrassing – as well as being very encouraging. Below are a few of the comments we have received over the years.
Some of our corporate sponsors who helped to make this years festival possible: