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First performers revealed for Ardee Baroque Festival

The Irish Baroque Orchestra perform at the 2016 edition. Photo Credit: Adrian Crawley.
This article originally appeared on ThisIsArdee.ie

The Ardee Baroque Festival returns to the town for it’s 14th year this coming November – and ThisIsArdee.ie can exclusively reveal the headline artists coming to perform at the popular national music festival.

Music lovers will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in this year’s Ardee Baroque Festival, which runs from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November 2017 across various different venues around the town. The musical offering has something for all tastes.


As ever, the Irish Baroque Orchestra will return to perform at the festival. They have performed in Ardee every year since 2004. Aimed at music lovers young and old, the festival will also feature leading Irish soprano Sinead Campbell Wallace; a family friendly concert from Music Generation Louth’s Junior Orchestra; a solo violin recital; a talk on Irish harp from the region – and a performance by pianist Michael McHale and cellist Brian O’Kane.

Speaking to ThisIsArdee.ie this week, Programme Director Pauline Ashwood said she there was lots on offer to cater for visitors all of music tastes. “Hoping to draw on the success of last year with record numbers enjoying Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” with the Irish Baroque Orchestra, this year we have invited one of Ireland’s leading sopranos to perform a programme of popular and much-loved arias by Handel for the main Saturday evening concert.

“You don’t have to be a classical music expert to enjoy this festival. Many performances include well-known tunes from the Baroque period as well as a piano and cello concert with music by and inspired by Bach,” she continued.

Tickets will be available through An Táin Arts Centre, Crowe St, Dundalk, Co Louth +353 42 9332332 or www.antain.ie. More information will be available closer to the festival. Keep an eye out on ThisIsArdee.ie for more.

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.

The Ardee Baroque Festival is generously supported by Louth County Council, Create Louth and the Arts Council.

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