Join the UK’s leading recorder consort performing exquisite gems from the Scottish Renaissance; contrasted with lively French dances; interspersed with the poetry and words of the ill-fated queen.
East Cork Early Music are proud to open this years festival with The Flautadors: UK’s leading recorder consort.
The Flautadors have delighted audiences in the past with their diverse programming and this concert will prove to be another intriguing blend of music, history and culture.
Music for the Queen of Scots features 16th century gems from the Scottish Wode Part Books and effervescent French dances from publications by Attaignant, interspersed with poetry and the words of the main players on the stage of Mary Stuart’s fascinating life as Queen of France, Scotland and the legitimate rival to Elizabeth the First’s English throne.
This concert is in St John the Baptist Church which is nestled in the heart of Midleton town. Midleton itself has Sir Walter Raleigh in common with Mary Queen of Scots: Raleigh was instrumental in suppressing both the Rebellion of the Desmonds in Munster in 1580 and the “Babington” conspiracy which was aimed at replacing Queen Elizabeth with Mary in 1586. It was this conspiracy that led to Mary being executed in 1587 and Raleigh was granted his 42,000 acre Irish estate close to Midleton in the neighbouring Youghal due to his role in the suppression of this conspiracy. He ousted the seneschal of Imokilly who sought refuge in the Cistercian Abbey on which the current St John the Baptist Church was built in 1875.
Come join us in the history-laden St. John’s Church for what the Classical Source called an “enlightening and entertaining evening”