Galway Early Music has been promoting the best of medieval, renaissance and baroque music making in Galway since 1996.
The Galway Early Music Festival
The Festival, which runs annually in May, is GEM’s main event for the year. With concerts, workshops, talks, demonstrations, music on the streets and family events, the Festival fills the medieval streets and venues of Galway with music and colour.
Past festivals have featured outstanding international musicians and ensembles such as Jordi Savall, Andrew Lawrence-King and the Harp Consort, Red Priest, Ensemble Unicorn, Benjamin Bagby, François Lazarevitch, Alla Francesca, and many others. GEM is also proud to invite outstanding Irish artists such as Siobhán Armstrong, Malcolm Proud, Laoise O’Brien, Malachy Robinson, Eamon Sweeney, Mark Duley and Resurgam Chamber Choir, amongst many others.
GEM’s own ensembles provide dance workshops, early Irish harp taster workshops, and medieval and renaissance music for local events such as Culture Night, Heritage Week, Medieval Festivals and other events.
GEM also organises performance workshops with professional early music performers and local music schools, ensembles and choirs, such as our Early Music for Young Musicians project.
GEM Adult Ensemble
The Galway Early Music Ensemble is open to all musicians who have an interest in exploring medieval and Renaissance music. The ensemble takes part in events organised by GEM and provides musicians in costume for public events such as Culture Night. The ensemble consists of recorders, stringed instruments and percussion but other instruments are welcome.