A LOOK BACK ON EUROPEAN DAY OF EARLY MUSIC, MARCH 21 IN GALWAY!

European Day of Early Music

Galway Early Music would like to thank Wolodymyr Smishkewych, Mark Duley, the St Nicholas Collegium choir and the Red Earl’s Consort (Sylvia Crawford, Steffi Delaney, Maura Ó Cróinín, and Natalie Surina) for the wonderful music making in Galway on the European Day of Early Music, 2015.

Congratulations, also, to REMA on the wonderful live streamed events and on the launch of remaradio.eu, where, amongst the other wonderful programmes, you can hear an interview with Maura Ó Cróinín of Galway Early Music and music by the Irish Consort (dir. by Siobhán Armstrong) recorded at the 2013 Galway Early Music Festival.

Here’s a taste of how we celebrated:

Early Irish Harp Taster Workshop
11am-1pm, Mechanics Institute, Middle St

DSC00128Led by Sylvia Crawford and Natalie Surina, this workshop gave participants a chance to play Ireland’s glorious early harp, strung with brass, silver and perhaps even gold! We heard about the history of this harp, had a look at how it was constructed and learned to play a simple tune. A very enjoyable morning!

A co-operative event with the Historical Harp Association of Ireland. 


Coffee Concert

4pm, St Nicholas Collegiate Church

What better way to finish a day of shopping than to sit with a cup of coffee or tea and a cake and listen to live music?

The Red Earl’s Consort started the music with a mixture of 16th century German song and renaissance dance tunes. The Consort plays an interesting broken consort of two types of harp, recorder, fiddle and voice.

St Nicholas Collegium then sang a Lassus piece in the perfect acoustic of St Nicholas. This wonderful choir along with other sections of the St Nicholas Schola Cantorum, will also be joining us in May for the opening concert of the Festival.

Last, but certainly not least, Wolodymyr Smishkewych (tenor) and Mark Duley (organ) performed four exquisite voice and organ pieces.

Early Music Day TV & Radio

Events all over Europe were live-streamed on the Early Music Day digital TV and radio channels. To watch or listen to concerts that took place on March 21, 2015, go to the Early Music Day website.