SUNDAY, MARCH 20, 4pm, ST NICHOLAS COLLEGIATE CHURCH

 A FREE EVENT OPEN TO ALL!

WE CELEBRATED EUROPEAN DAY OF EARLY MUSIC A DAY EARLY!

EDEM poster 200dpiOur EDEM event was a free afternoon tea concert featuring harps, bagpipes, hurdy-gurdy, Spinet, voice and more, on Sunday March 20 at 4pm in St Nicholas Collegiate Church. It marked Galway Early Music’s celebration of the fourth European Day of Early Music.

This free concert, featuring medieval and renaissance music from Ireland, Britain and mainland Europe, presented an intriguing and beautiful selection of music, which highlighted Galway’s unique heritage as an Irish city with strong European connections, from its medieval foundation to the present. The Red Earl’s Consort, with its combination of early continental and Irish harps, recorder and voice, highlighted this unique heritage. A selection of historical bagpipes played by Jacopo Bisagni presented the French tradition of bagpipes, Éamonn Ó Bróithe sang sean nós (classic Irish traditional singing style) that showed the connections between 12th century French poetry and themes and the traditional songs of Ireland, and Michael Shields played pieces from the Elizabethan Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, including the Irish tune Callino Costurame, on a reproduction of a spinet.  Vlad Smishkewych, internationally renowned tenor and presenter ofREMAradio.eu and the Lyric FM programme Vox Nostra, then sang two beautiful Dowland songs, accompanied by Michael Shields.  Leading into his launch of the Galway Early Music Festival, Vlad played organistrum and sang one of the carmina burana by Peter of Blois.

LAUNCH OF THE 2016 GEMF PROGRAMME

2016 image webIn addition, as part of our celebrations, Vlad Smishkewych, launched the programme of the Galway Early Music Festival (May 12-15, 2016), noting that it’s theme of women as composers, players, patrons and inspiration in early music is a relevant one in today’s world, where equal rights is still something to be worked for.  But most importantly, the programme for the festival is filled with musical delights to please every palate, with concerts, talks, workshops, family events and exhibitions of instruments, art and history.