Formed in 2003, under the artistic direction or Sarah Cunningham, the East Cork Early Music Festival has developed a reputation as one of the premier small festivals in the Irish music calendar.
Every Autumn, the event brings internationally renowned performers of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music to audiences throughout Cork City and County.
Historic local landmarks such as St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Fota House and Cloyne Cathedral, as well as the recently completed Curtis Auditorium in the Cork School of Music have hosted concerts by the worlds leading early music performers.
Emma Kirkby, The Palladian Ensemble, Barthold and Wieland Kuijken, Quintessential, James Bowman, The London Handel Players, Rachel Brown, Irish Baroque Orchestra and Bob van Asperen, to name but a few, have played to enrapt audiences. Eamonn Lawlor of Lyric Fm called the 2005 performance of Monteverdi’s 1606 Vespers (North Cathedral), “magnificent .. one of our musical highlights of the decade..”
With the range of spectacular venues throughout scenic East Cork and city, surrounded by world renowned restaurants and hotels such as Ballymaloe House, the Festival has been a huge success with audiences and performers alike, enjoying not just the music but also the local hospitality, flavours, culture and history.