We are delighted to announce the appointment of NICOLA CLEARY as the new Festival Director. Nicola is a violinist specialising in music of the Baroque period, and performs with leading international and Irish orchestras. She has played at the Sligo festival many times, as leader of the Sligo Baroque Orchestra and with guest ensembles. Nicola lives in County Sligo, and as well as her musical expertise brings a host of ideas for the future development of the festival, now in its 24th year.
We are deeply grateful to our festival founder ROD ALSTON, who created the festival in 1995, and established it as a vital part of the musical offering in the north-west and nationally, presenting high quality performances of Baroque music in a friendly and informal context. Rod's vision was to have always a mix of artists, some with an international reputation, others at an early stage of their careers, and to foster the development of young performers. Rod hands over to Nicola with the festival in good shape, supported by the Arts Council, patrons and sponsors, and the local community.
This year's event will take place on the weekend of 27th to 29th of September 2019, at The Model Gallery in Sligo and Calry Church. The ensemble in residence will be the celebrated Collegium Marianum from Prague, under Jana Semerádová, with soprano Kristýna Vylíčilová, and with a full programme of other performers and events.