Galway Early Music Festival
The Galway Early Music Festival takes place from May 25th to 27th this year and is filled with Gods and Faeries, Heroes and Heroines in Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music. With Myths and Legends as the theme, the upcoming festival explores the musical inspiration of classical mythology, Celtic myth and medieval legend throughout the centuries. “This is an exciting treasure trove of vocal and instrumental music from Ireland and the rest of Europe, which has something for everyone to enjoy,” promises artistic director, Maura Ó Cróinín.
The Festival includes concerts, workshops, talks, demonstrations, music on the streets and family events, filling the City and its streets with music and colour throughout the weekend of this well-loved festival. Featured artists include Galway’s Aisling Kenny (soprano) with Ziv Braha (Switzerland; Lute) Baroque Ensemble Camerata Kilkenny with Uilleann Piper David Power (Ireland), Simone Sorini (Italy; voice & lute), Alla Francesca (France) with Brigitte Lesne (voice; harp), The Gregory Walkers (Ireland) with The Galway Adult Strings, St Nicholas Choristers, Athenry School of Music and the Red Earls Consort.
Fri 25 at 8pm: The Piper and the Fairy Queen featuring Purcell’s Faerie Queen, traditional Irish music and a French baroque composition written for pipes and string ensemble with Camerata Kilkenny & David Power
Sat 26th at 4pm: Beasts and Gods, mythology in 14th century Italian song with Simone Sorini (lute, voice) and Claudia Viviani (voice, percussion)
Sat 26th at 8pm: Tristan and Iseult, told through music by Alla Francesca’s Brigitte Lesne (voice; harp
Sun 27th at 9pm: a wonderful candlelit concert in St Nicholas Church, called Renaissance Songs of Darkness and Desire featuring our own Aisling Kenny accompanied by Lutenist Ziv Braha in a beautifully atmospheric concert of songs and lute music.
Sun 27th at 5pm: Meyrick Hotel: The Gregory Walkers will host an evening of collaborations with choirs and orchestras from the City, in celebrating the wonderful repertoire of this programme.
Visit website www.galwayearlymusic for the full programme and tickets