Sligo Festival of Baroque Music
Sligo Festival of Baroque Music is a weekend feast of memorable illuminating and fascinating baroque music which has risen to new heights over the past twenty one years and now attracts the very finest Baroque musicians to an exciting programme of event. Sligo is renowned as home to many different types of music, notably its Irish Traditional heritage and booming rock industry, but it is equally happy to take its place as a leading light in Baroque and Early Music. Many local musicians and enthusiasts
Calling all music lovers! Sligo offers a unique weekend of music for all Baroque enthusiasts. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Baroque is a style of western music composed during the period of 1600 to 1750, approximately. This era followed the Renaissance music era, and was followed in turn by the Classical era. The word “baroque” comes from the Portuguese word “barroco”, meaning misshapen pear. The Baroque Music Festival celebrates a period when composers experimented with form, styles and instruments. This was a precursor to the development of opera and instrumental music. Some notable composers during this period were Bach, Vivaldi and Handel.
Sligo is the perfect setting for this music festival. All venues are accessible on foot and the town offers many fine places to dine and imbibe of a drink or two, while the surrounding beauty of the countryside will make your heart sing for joy. A friendly and well organised event, The Sligo Festival of Baroque Music attracts visitors, musicians and fans, and it is advisable to book your tickets early to avoid disappointment. There is always a mix of performers, some with an enviable international reputation and others at an early stage of their careers. A feature of the festival has always been an attempt to foster the development of young performers – who work under an experienced and renowned performer in the Baroque Youth Orchestra, to recently formed ensembles of young professionals or third level students. The opening concert is specifically designed as an introduction to Baroque music for schools.
The Music of Handel will feature strongly in the Sligo Festival, with the welcome addition of the London Handel Players as an “ensemble in residence.” The London Handel Players are a world class ensemble, bringing together leading period-instrument specialists in the field of baroque chamber music. They perform regularly at Handel’s church, St George’s Hanover Square, and at the Handel House Museum and Wigmore Hall in addition to music societies and festivals worldwide and this is an unprecedented opportunity to enjoy and admire these world renowned musicians in the intimate settings of the Sligo Festival. They will perform two concerts during the Sligo festival, as well as an intimate instrumental programme, featuring Handel sonatas and trio sonatas, the London Handel Players will perform and orchestral programme devised for the festival by violinist/director Adrian Butterfield featuring young soprano, Raphaela Papadakis.
They weekend’s festivities will be brought to an amazing crescendo as Camerata Kilkenny, an ensemble of renowned and respected musicians who are old favourites of the festive perform a closing concert, with a very intriguing programme based on fantastical literary works from the 18th century – including, of course, musical responses to Johnathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels.
For more information and bookings: http://www.sligobaroquefestival.com/ or Sligo Tourism