Extreme Funding Problems

For the first time the Sligo Festival of Baroque Music will not have any funding from the Arts Council – due to a technical problem during the upload of the application that only became known to us in June. This means that we are €10,000 down on our original budget.

We have decided that it is too close to the time of the festival to significantly reduce the programme, that it would be unfair to both the performers who have agreed to appear and to our supporters who have already given or promised assistance. We will economise in every other way, for instance by not producing the usual full festival printed programme. The savings we can make in costs are, however, quite limited as always all management, programming and administration is done on an entirely voluntary basis.

We have already started to look for some extra financial support and have received some offers of further sponsorship (including a personal donation by one festival supporter of €1,500). We still need to find something like an extra €3,000 !

Ways that you can help:

  • Become a sponsor or patron (see below) – or emulate our generous donor. 
  • Purchase a Festival Ticket now. The cost is €85 (€60 concessions), a saving of over €30 on buying individual concert tickets. Festival tickets are transferable and can be purchased on-line or by phone at the Hawkeswell Theatre, Sligo.
  • Offer hospitality to our visiting performers.
  • Or simply, become a member of Sligo Festival of Baroque Music 

We will be enormously grateful for any help (further help?) you can offer, and can promise that it will all go towards the music – not the administration which is entirely voluntary.

The Sligo Festival of Baroque Music is a Registered Charity and our Charity Number is CHY 20848

Thank you,

Rod Alston – Artistic Director

In recent years the generosity of those who became Members, Patrons or Sponsors ensured that Sligo Festival of Baroque Music did not make a loss. We would ask you to consider giving support to the festival at whatever level is appropriate to you.

We need financial assistance, but it is no more important than other forms of support. Please do contact us if you can help in any way.

Feel free to click the link below to download our accounts:


Our Sponsors

Our grateful thanks to all who have and are assisting with this years Festival, and with our funders and sponsors.

Corporate Sponsors


German Embassy Dublin


Foras Eireann

Clayton Hotels

Con Brio

Sligo Arts Service

The Model

Wards Pharmacy


Mullaneys Solicitors 

In memory of Patrick Gordon

In memory of Teresa and James Storey

Simeon Gillan

Dr Klocker Dental Surgery

OSD Web Design

Mayo Sligo Leitrim ETB


Eileen Monahan

Tesco Community Fund 

M Sommer

Secret Gardens of Sligo

Nolan & Quinlan

Music Generation

and a number of anonymous sponsors


Avril Blennerhasset

Mary McDonnell Tir na nOg

John Coleman

Gabrielle and Denys Tims

Mary Martin

Seamus Concannon

Ulster Bank

Brendan McCormack

Ronan Watters