We had to announce that our live events for European Early Music Day were cancelled, due to the spread of COVID19.

HOWEVER, WE HAVE PUT TOGETHER SOME SHORT VIDEOS FOR EARLY MUSIC DAY!

When we made the decision to cancel our March 21st concert due to the COVID-19 crisis, we immediately thought of going online with the celebration.  We asked our performers to send video from home for us to upload.  Thank you to those who were able to do this for us at such short notice!  Rather than make one long video, we decided to make four short videos featuring four of the musicians who were to perform live on March 21.

Unfortunately we weren’t able to put them up online on March 21 due to technological difficulties (a high construction vehicle snagged our broadband cable and broke it), but we will be releasing them from the 22-24 March.

Segment 1: Introduction and Ancient Music Ireland

Simon and Maria O’Dwyer are researchers who not only study pre-historic instruments found in Irish archeological digs, but also make reproductions and experiment with the sounds and music that can be made with these instruments.

 

Segment 2: Dr Jacopo Bisagni

Jacopo Bisagni is a  lecturer in Classics at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and a GEM committee member.  In addition to his job in Classics and his specialism in Old Irish linguistics and literature, Jacopo is a musician.  He takes a great interest in medieval instrumental music and  plays historical medieval wind instruments including double pipes, bagpipes and various other wind instruments.  Here he discusses and plays five instrumental pieces from Paris BN Fr844 – The King’s Manuscript or The King’s Songbook – on various medieval woodwind instruments.

 

Segment 3: Cantoral

Cantoral is an all female vocal ensemble from the University of Limerick, Ireland. Founded by Catherine Sergent and Helen Phelan, the ensemble specialises in Western plainchant and early polyphony, with a particular interest in medieval Irish repertoire.  Here they have provided a short concert entitled Let the Joyous Irish Sing Aloud!  / Laetabundus Decantet Hybernicorum Cetus.  A pdf of the  full programme for the concert is available here.

 

Segment 4: Siobhán Armstrong, early Irish harp

Siobhán Armstrong is one of Europe’s foremost historical harpists, performing and recording with prestigious early music soloists, orchestras and baroque opera companies. Siobhán also collaborates with some of the best traditional musicians in Ireland and Scotland.
Siobhán read Music at Trinity College Dublin, was a professional choral singer and played modern Irish harp before she specialised in earlier music. She now plays single and chromatic multi-row harps and particularly enjoys accompanying vocal music: from plainchant to polyphony to early Gaelic song to seventeenth-century Italian monody.

H.I.P.S.T.E.R. Ireland uploaded this video on . March 21st as part of Ireland’s day of Early Music.  For more wonderful early Music making in Ireland do visit their Facebook page (link below).

 

ALSO CHECK OUT NOW AND THEN MEDIA HIPSTERS FACEBOOK PAGE FOR MORE EARLY MUSIC DAY CELEBRATIONS FROM IRELAND.

More Early Music Day TV & Radio

Events all over Europe will be live-streamed on the Early Music Day digital TV

and radio channels. To find out what you can watch or listen to  on March 21, 2019, go to the Early Music Day website.

RTE Lyric FM will also be celebrating the day all day!