The festival began today with Ian Wilson giving masterclasses in the CIT Cork School of Music. Those of you lucky enough to be there will agree with me when I say that Ian is such a wonderful teacher. So sensitive to each students’ needs and articulating subtle and sophisticated concepts with such clarity and coherence. [...]
The festival is nigh upon us- and it’s beginning to feel like the night before Christmas!!! Thursday to Sunday is going to be packed full of exciting events, artists and of course MUSIC! We’ve just been putting the finishing touches to our family ‘fete’ event at Fota House and Gardens on Saturday afternoon after Susanne [...]
We’re getting very excited- less than a week to go. Everything’s coming together- no thanks to Ryanair!!!- we’ve had quite a job getting musicians and instruments into the country! Now we’re looking forward to the MUSIC!!!!
I’ve been exploring performances of baroque music by rock/pop artists. 320 years later Dido’s Lament is hugely popular with contemporary singers across all genres! Jeff Buckley’s version is undoubtedly my favourite. If you haven’t already heard it I hope you enjoy it …
Congratulations to the ‘superb harpsichordist’ Malcolm Proud on his performance in the Brandenburg Concertos under the baton of Sir John Eliot Gardiner in the BBC Proms. Malcolm has performed regularly here at ECEMF, and performed the Brandenburg Concerto No.5 at our opening festival in 2003 with Camerata Kilkenny! Camerata Kilkenny’s performance of Bach’s Musical Offering [...]
Monteverdi ‘Ohime ch’io cado’: ‘Alas for me, I tumble down, my foot slips again, just as it did before’
One for everyone who’s suffered at the hands of the tyrannous Cupid!!! Love the jazzy swing to this Monteverdi Madrigal sung by Philippe Jaroussky with Arpeggiata . Cornett playing to die for! Arpeggiata will be performing in Australia this September for those of you in those far flung shores!
I’ve just read Michael Dervan’s review in the Irish Times of two early music concerts that featured in the Kilkenny Arts Festival. His description of The Cardinall’s Musick choir as ‘compellingly-projected, full-toned, gorgeously resonant singing’ is very high praise indeed. Disappointed now that I missed them. It’s great to see early music becoming more and [...]
We’re getting very excited about ‘Sacred Hearts, Secret Music‘ our closing event. Deborah Roberts, of Musica Secreta and Brighton Early Music, arrived in Cork yesterday. First item on her busy schedule was a visit to St. Colman’s Cathedral. Cobh looked stunning bathed in sunlight and Deborah fell in love with the magnificent cathedral. The acoustics [...]
East Cork Early Music are delighted to welcome Lyric FM presenter, Tim Thurston as a Patron to this year’s festival. Tim is another Early Music aficionado and knows all about the joys of organising festivals having run the International Dublin Early Music Festivals from 1988 to 1992. His broadcasting career spans three decades and he [...]