Special performances to mark 10th Ardee Baroque Festival

Published 06/11/2013 | 05:28

Eamonn Sweeney demonstrates guitars at the Meet the Instruments event in Ardee Library during last year’s festival.

THE 10TH annual Ardee Baroque Festival promises to be one of the best ever with a series of concerts and events planned over three days from November 14-17.

THE 10TH annual Ardee Baroque Festival promises to be one of the best ever with a series of concerts and events planned over three days from November 14-17.

Back in 2004, the first Ardee Baroque was unveiled, with the Irish Baroque Orchestra (IBO) decamping to the town for rehearsals and two full concerts.

This year, the IBO will return for rehearsals and two full concerts, having been an ever-present at the festival since its inception. The work of Georg Philipp Telelmann is the inspiration for the IBO's programme, with both concerts being completed by two pieces from Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons'.

'The Vivaldi pieces are the icing on the tenth birthday cake,' said County Arts Officer and founder of Ardee Baroque, Brian Harten. 'The IBO were with us at the beginning and it's great to welcome them back again. For many people in the town, it's like welcoming old friends home.'

While there have been constants in the festival programme, such as the IBO, a major part of Ardee Baroque's success has been the diverse range of singers and musicians who have performed during the ten years.

'What's great is that we've managed to bring the finest of performers to the town, both from Ireland, and from the UK, continental Europe, and the United States', said John Rowntree, Chairman of the Board of Ardee Baroque. 'While it may be a small festival, we think it's perfectly formed, and we've managed to combine great music with a welcoming and informal atmosphere.'

This year, the Irish Youth Opera make their first public performance with a concert entitled 'Striking like a Thunderbolt' in St Mary's Church at 8pm on November 16.

'Hang the Harpers...' will see two young Louth-based musicians, Conal Duffy and Michael O'Neill, perform music composed in Ireland during the 17th and 18th centuries at the courtroom in Ardee Castle at 2.30 p.m. on Saturday, November 16.

The Labyrinth of Versailles is also on November 16, a special concert for families in Scoil Mhuire na Trócaire, at 5 p.m., featuring music associated with the great fairytales.

Continuing with the theme of music for young people, the library in Ardee is the place to be on the Saturday morning, when Kids Classics, directed by cellist Grainne Hope, presents a free workshop for children at 11 a.m.

Ardee Baroque '13 draws to a close with IBO's second concert featuring the music of Teleman on November 17 at 7 p.m. in St Mary's.

The opening night, Friday November 15, sees a concert by the Baroque orchestra in St Mary's at 8 p.m.

For times, venues and ticket prices for Ardee Baroque '13, see www.createlouth.ie.

Drogheda Independent

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