7:30 PM19:30

Closing Concert - Camerata Kilkenny



with Aisling Kenny, soprano

Claire Duff, violin; Marja Gaynor, violin; Aoife Nic Athlaoich, cello, Malcolm Proud, harpsichord

George Frideric Handel (1685 - 1759)

Arias 2, 3 & 4 from ‘Neun deutsche Arien’ for soprano, violin and basso continuo (1724-26)

            Das zitternde Glänzen der spielenden Wellen

            Süßer Blumen Ambraflokken

            Süße Stille, sanfte Quelle ruhiger Gelassen

Trio sonata in C minor, Op. 2 No. 1                                (c1730)

            Arias 5 & 7 from ‘Neun deutsche Arien’

            Singe, Seele, Gott zum Preise

            Die ihr aus dunkeln Grüften den eiteln Mammon grabt

            Adagio from Suite No. 2 in F major for harpsichord                                (1720)

Armida abbandonata : cantata for soprano, two violins and basso continuo  (1707)       

Francesco Geminiani  (1687 - 1762)                 

            Sonata in C major for cello and basso continuo, Op. 5 No. 3                    (1746)

Thomas Arne (1710 - 1778)

            Delia: cantata for soprano, two violins and basso continuo         (1755)


From its debut at the Kilkenny Arts Festival in 1999, Camerata Kilkenny, a period instrument group specialising in Baroque music, has performed all over Ireland and Europe, together with noted guest artists. Their recordings include Bach's Musical Offering, and most recently, The Piper and the Faerie Queen, with uilleann piper David Power.

Aisling Kenny is a soloist and ensemble singer, specialising in early music and art song. She studied music at Maynooth University, and vocal performance at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Basel. Aisling holds a PhD in musicology, and her research specialisms include the relationship between music and text across genres and eras, and women and the nineteenth-century Lied.  She sings as a soloist in oratorio and gives recitals of Lieder and lute song, in Ireland and abroad. Aisling has been awarded an Artistic Residency at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris for spring 2019, supported by Music Network.

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Festival Training Orchestra
5:30 PM17:30

Festival Training Orchestra

Debbie Diamond will mentor young instrumentalists learning to perform baroque music with appropriate style and interpretation, in the Festival Training Orchestra, which is open to string players (violin, viola, cello, double bass) and wind (flute, oboe, bassoon) of a suitable standard (Grade VI plus).

Music will be provided, including concertos by Corelli, Vivaldi and Telemann. Training sessions will be held over the weekend, ending with a half-hour public play-through, as part of the Festival concert programme, in The Model at 5.30 pm on Sunday 30 September.

Participants must be available for all sessions and the play-through.

Please contact Lorraine Howley  for details, and to enrol.

Debbie Diamond, a violinist, has studied historical performance at Toronto university and the Early Music Institute at Indiana university. She is a member of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and has performed with English Baroque Soloists and many leading early music ensembles. She is a highly experienced teacher of baroque performance style, and currently coaches the classical orchestra of the Royal Academy of Music's junior academy.

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3:30 PM15:30


Fionnuala McMahon, recorder; Miriam Kaczor, flute; Sergio Bucheli, lute; Norah O'Leary, cello

Johann Adolph Hasse (1699-1783)           

Trio Sonata in E minor, Op.2 No.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

from Suite in A major for Violin (Flute) and Lute, BWV1025, after S. L. Weiss (1740)

Sylvius Leopold Weiss  (1687-1750)       

 Sarabande from Sonata in A minor for Lute,  No. 42

Gottfried Finger (c1656-1730)

 Sonata in C major for Two Flutes, Op.2 No.3                                                        (c1688)

 A Division on a Ground, variations in G minor

Johann Joachim Quantz (1697-1773

Trio Sonata in C major for recorder, flute and continuo

Ernst Gottlieb Baron (1696-1760)

Duet in G major for Flute and Lute

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1769)    

Fantasia in E minor for solo flute                                               (c1727)

Largo and  Presto from Concerto in E minor for flute and recorder

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1:00 PM13:00

Keyboard music in 18th century Dublin


Colin Booth will give a lecture-recital on three musicians important to the culture of 18th century Dublin: Thomas Roseingrave, Thomas Arne, and Domenico Scarlatti. Their lives overlapped, and make for a fascinating study, which Colin will illustrate with works by all three, played at the harpsichord. Colin has featured at Sligo Festival of Baroque Music several times, including last year, when the audience enjoyed his lecture-recital on three musicians associated with Hamburg – Telemann, Mattheson and Handel.

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10:00 PM22:00

The Spirit of Gamba


LUCIANA ELIZONDO - viola da gamba and voice

Tobias Hume (c1569 - 1645)

Musicall Humors                                                                               (1605)

A Question - Loves Farewell - A Pavin - A Souldiers Galiard – The Spirit of Gambo

Georg Philipp Telemann  (1681 - 1767) 

 Fantasia in G minor                                                                         (c1732)

Carl Friedrich Abel  (1723 – 1787)

Suite in D minor (from the Drexel Manuscript)

Diego Ortiz (1510 - 1570)

Recercada ottava                                                             (1553)

José Marin  (1619 - 1699)

Ojos pues me desdeñais

Manuel José Castilla  (1918 - 1980) and Rolando Valladares (1918 - 2008)

Bajo el sauce solo                                                            (1979)

Luciana Elizondo studied music at the university of Rosario, in Argentina, and began playing the viola da gamba there with the ensemble Promusica Antiqua. Having won a scholarship to continue her studies in Italy, she graduated from the Accademia Internazionale della Musica, Milan, and in 2012 was awarded a Masters in Interpretation by the Conservatory of Geneva. Luciana has played with renowned early music ensembles across Europe and South America, and has made several recordings. She teaches at the conservatories of Cosenza and Milan. In her solo concerts Luciana has revived the lost tradition of singing while playing the viola da gamba.

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7:30 PM19:30



Siún Milne, violin; Marja Gaynor, violin; Cian O Dúill, viola; Aoife Nic Athlaoich, cello

Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809)

String Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 1 No. 1, La chasse       (c1760)

String Quartet in D major, Op. 8 No. 6                                                     (1775)

Based in Cork, the Giordani String Quartet is Ireland’s only period instrument string quartet, playing on gut strings, which produce the sound anticipated by the composers. The group takes its name from the Italian composer Tommaso Giordani, who lived and worked in Dublin in the late 1700s, and it plans to perform and record all 12 of Giordani's string quartets. Since forming in 2016 the Giordani Quartet has performed at the Newry Chamber Music concert series and at East Cork Early Music Festival.

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2:00 PM14:00

A Taste of Two Cities: music in Dublin and Dresden


Sligo Baroque Orchestra, led by Nicola Cleary, with Orla Shannon, soprano

A Taste of Two Cities: music in Dublin and Dresden

Francesco Geminiani (1687 – 1762)

Concerto Grosso in D minor, La Follia                                      (1729)

Theme and variations after Corelli's violin sonata Op 5 No 12

Matthew Dubourg (1703 - 1767)

 Variations on Eileen Aroon                                                           (1746)

Nicolo Pasquali (1718 – 1757)

Let Earth and Air and Ocean Join

A song from The Triumphs of Hibernia                                    (1748)

Johann David Heinichen (1683 – 1729)  

Concerto Grosso in G major

Johann Adolph Hasse (1699 -1783)

O Placido Il Mare

Aria from Siroe, re di Persia                                                          (1733)

Johann Georg Pisendel (1687 – 1755)

Violin Concerto in D major

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8:00 PM20:00

MUSICA POETICA - Music from the Court of Dresden


Jörn Boysen, director & harpsichord; John Ma, violin; Nicola Cleary, violin; Marja Gaynor, viola; María Sánchez, cello; Katja Pitelina, flute; Daniel Lanthier, oboe; Kim Stockx, bassoon

Johann Adolph Hasse (1699-1783)

Concerto in F major for violin, oboe, bassoon and continuo        (1741)

 Carl Heinrich Graun (1703-1759)                       

Concerto in F major for harpsichord and strings                         

Pierre-Gabriel Buffardin (c1690-1768)

Concerto in E minor for flute and strings                                                 

 Francesco Maria Cattaneo (c1698-1758)

            Concerto in D major for violin and bassoon

 Johann Georg Pisendel (1687-1755)      

Sonata in C minor for orchestra

 Johann David Heinichen (1683-1729)

            Concerto in G minor for flute, oboe and strings                         

The Netherlands-based group Musica Poetica brings together musicians from all over the world who specialise in early music, many having completed their studies in the Netherlands.

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Opening Reception
7:00 PM19:00

Opening Reception

Rod Alston will launch the 23rd Sligo Festival of Baroque Music, Debbie Diamond will play the violin, and the German Embassy to Ireland will kindly offer refreshments to all festival sponsors, patrons, supporters and friends, before the opening concert. All festival-goers are warmly invited.

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An Introduction to Baroque Music
12:15 PM12:15

An Introduction to Baroque Music

Primary and secondary school students (age 10-18) are invited to this introduction to baroque music of the 18th century, given by Debbie Diamond and members of Sligo Baroque Orchestra.

The music of Bach, Vivaldi and Handel – and less familiar composers – will be explored, with explanations and demonstrations on aspects of performance of this music that make it different from the classical period that followed it, and why it is fun to play. There will be opportunities to hear, hold and play some of the instruments of the time, and plenty of time for questions.

The session will be about one hour long. Members of the public may also attend.

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