This year’s East Cork Early Music Festival also has a host of FREE events with something for everyone in the community. There are family-friendly interactive concerts, historical talks, and opportunities to come and take part in the music! Drop us a line through our Contact Form with any queries.

Calendar of Events

Sat 5th October, 12:45pm, Cobh Library – ‘Earls of Cork; Patrons of Music’ Illustrated talk by Caitriona O’Mahony, Artistic Director, East Cork Early Music Festival. Further details below

Sat 5th October, 2:30pm, Youghal Library – ‘Horrible Histories and Harmonies’ Interactive, family-friendly concert exploring the Renaissance to the 18th century in story-telling, music and dance! Further details below.

Sat 5th October, 4pm, Youghal Library – ‘Earls of Cork; Patrons of Music’ Illustrated talk by Caitriona O’Mahony, Artistic Director, East Cork Early Music Festival. Further details below.

Wed 9th October, 6pm, Cork School of Music – ‘An introduction to the harpsichord and early piano for pianists.’ – A lecture from renowned historical keyboardist Steven Devine.

Sun 13th October, 11am-2pm workshop, 3pm concert. ‘East Cork Early Music in the Community: Favourite Baroque Choruses’. A workshop for instrumentalists and singer from any background, with afternoon performance in the Cork School of Music. 

Sun 20th October, 4pm, Nano Nagle Place – ‘Horrible Histories and Harmonies’ Interactive, family-friendly concert exploring the Renaissance to the 18th century in story-telling, music and dance! Further details below.

Event Details

‘Earls of Cork; Patrons of Music’ – Sat 5th October 1pm, Cobh Library & 4pm, Youghal Library

Explore the musical world of the Earls of Cork through word, music & images. Beginning with the famed Richard Boyle in the 17th Century, the Earls of Cork were patrons of composers from Gibbons to Handel. With a musical staff larger than any outside of Dublin Castle, the Boyles brought some of the major European composers to Ireland, while also introducing Irish music to Britain. Artistic Director of East Cork Early Music, Caitríona O’Mahony outlines the world inhabited by the Earls of Cork.

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‘Horrible Histories and Harmonies’ – Sat 5th October 2:30pm, Youghal Library & Sun 20th October 4pm, Nano Nagle Place. 

Henry VIII – his wives and his music, strings made of guts, the grisly fate of Louis XIV’s court composer… Horrible Histories and Harmonies romps through the 16-18th centuries through music and dance, touching on the stickier side of things! An interactive experience for all ages – hear some music from hundreds of years ago, learn a Dublin Castle dance, be the conductor of an eighteenth-century orchestra!