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Box Office now open for Ardee Baroque Festival

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

Tickets are now available to purchase online for the Ardee Baroque Festival, with the popular classical music festival returning to the town for it’s 14th year.

Taking place from Friday November 24th to Sunday November 26th, the festival will bring the best of baroque period music to Ardee once again, as well as literary and other non-musical offerings too.


As ever, the Irish Baroque Orchestra will return to perform at the festival. They have performed in Ardee every year since 2004 and once again will perform at St Marys Abbey on Saturday November 25th. Under the direction of violinist, Claire Duff, their headline concert will feature well-known arias from Handel’s Messiah as well as popular operatic arias including the beautiful ‘Lascia ch’io pianga’.

The programme wil also include Corelli’s celebrated Christmas Concerto, while leading Irish soprano Sinead Campbell Wallace will be performing with the IBO on the night. 

Aimed at music lovers young and old, the festival will also feature a family friendly concert from Music Generation Louth’s Junior Orchestra. After previous shows at Ardee Library and Scoil Muire na Trocaire in 2016, the group will play a family-friendly selection of baroque favourites including Winter from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and music from the Royal Fireworks by Handel.

Also on Saturday, Irish violinist Mairéad Hickey will return home from Germany for a very special one-off concert in The Drawing Room at Hatch’s Castle. For her hour-long concert, she will perform a programme of baroque pieces for solo violin.

Before pianist Michael McHale and cellist Brian O’Kane close the festival for another year at St Marys Abbey on Sunday evening, Sylvia Crawford will be in Hatch’s Castle to give a talk on the life and repertory of Patrick Quin, an eighteenth-century harper from Co. Armagh, whilst also touching on the subjetc of the potential of Irish music in cultural tourism in the Oriel region.

On the Friday evening, the festival will begin in earnest with a Lit Lab poetry night in Hatch’s Castle, including a collection of readings from the groups latest anthology, “Frank Miller stole my girl”.

Tickets for all events are now on sale via the An Tain Arts Centre website. Tickets range between €5 and €18 for the various events, while the Lit Lab poetry night and Sylvia Crawford’s talk are free to attend. Concession and child prices are also available.

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. With poetry recitals and lectures included on this year’s programme, the festival is again committed to bringing a bigger and better festival than ever.

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

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