We're delighted to announce the dates for the 2018 festival have been finalised. We'll be returning to our original weekend of the last weekend in September. Keep the 28th - 30th September free for what promises to be another fabulous weekend.
We rather proudly (see below for our extreme funding problem!) present our programme for this year's Sligo Festival of Baroque Music - what we are certain will be a very wonderful weekend of really world-class music-making.
The music of Telemann must have featured in pretty well all twenty one previous festival programmes, but it is still great to have a good excuse to focus on his music (and the music of his contemporaries) this year: the 250th anniversary of his death. We are particularly delighted that our “Ensemble in Residence” will be Camerata Bachiensis, a multi-award winning ensemble visiting Ireland for the first time.
Contrasting with the main focus on music in 18th century Germany, the festival also features virtuoso and consort music for viols, with a return to the festival of the distinguished viol players Reiko Ichise and Sarah Groser as well as some young Irish viol players.
There will be a dual focus in the festival this year: on the music of Telemann (and his contemporaries)
and also on the viol – solo and consort music for viols
Telemann - 250th anniversary of his death in 1767 – 2017
The Viola da Gamba and viol consort music
Planning for the 22nd annual Sligo Festival of Baroque Music is progressing well, and we will shortly be able to announce some of the key performers who will appear this year. For now, we ask you to make a note of the festival dates in your diary, and hope that you will check back again to see some more details.