The Ardee Baroque Festival returns for it’s 14th consecutive run in 2017, with the popular music festival again taking up it’s now annual November slot.
This year’s festival returns from Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th of November, festival organisers have told ThisIsArdee.ie.
Last year, the festival spread it’s wings throughout the town, adding several new venues to the programme. As well as events at main venue, St Marys Abbey, 2016 saw performances at Hatch’s Castle on Market Street as well as at other locations around the town including Scoil Mhuire na Trocaire. The official festival opening was held at the Frame & Art Gallery.
As well as musical performances, the 2016 edition of the Ardee Baroque Festival included an art exhibition and poetry recital as the festival expanded beyond it’s usual musical remit to widen the breadth of art under it’s umbrella.
Among the musical performers across the four-day event were Louth Music Generation Youth Orchestra, violinist Darragh Morgan & cellist Adi Tal, Niall O’Sullivan & Rachel Croash and the headliners the Irish Baroque Orchestra.
As ever, the latter will return for a performance at the festival, expected to be held as usual at St Mary’s Church of Ireland. The Irish Baroque Orchestra has been at the centre of the Festival since its inception, headlining the festival every year with a wonderful performance at St Marys’ Abbey in the centre of town, with many other ensembles and guests returning year after year.
The festival continues to aim to bring the best of baroque music to audiences in the North East and further afield.
The Ardee Baroque Festival is generously supported by Louth County Council, Create Louth and the Arts Council.
This article has been amended to show that dates for the festival are November 16th-19th. We previously published the dates were Nov 23rd-26th, as published on the CreateLouth website.