Peter Whelan

East Cork Early Music 2020 Cancelled – Join us for online concerts instead

If this year were a normal year, East Cork Early Music Festival would be very close on the horizon, and we would be looking forward to an exciting few days of concerts and events. Unfortunately, because of all the obvious reasons, we had to make the decision to cancel this year’s festival events. With difficulties travelling, changes in plans from some of our partners, and increased pressure in venues, we felt that we could not deliver the festival as it should be. The safety of our audience, artists, and volunteers is our first priority.

However, we don’t intend to leave this October without sharing some wonderful early music with you, so we have come together with some of our wonderful partners to provide some online events over the festival weekend. All of these events are free of charge for you to enjoy on our Youtube channel, and we hope that you will join us virtually to celebrate early music!

If you enjoy the concerts, we’d really appreciate it if you could sign up for our Mailing List HERE so that we can keep in touch!

Online Events

Saturday 10th October, 11:15am-11:20am. In partnership with London Early Opera.
Early Music Elevenses with London Early Opera `
5 minute message and performance featuring some Handel from London Early Opera’s Bridget Cunningham

Saturday 10th October, 7:15pm-8:15pm. In partnership with West Cork Music.
Ensemble Dagda at West Cork Music 2020
For West Cork Music’s online programme in July 2020, a reduced version of Ensemble Dagda recorded a concert at Triskel Christchurch, performing Baroque music from France and Italy with pieces by Corelli, Castello, Merula, Isabella Leonarda, and Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre. The ensemble features two artistic directors of East Cork Early Music (present and former), Caitríona O’Mahony and Marja Gaynor on baroque violins, along with Kieran Finnegan at the harpsichord. We’re delighted to bring you a new chance to hear this concert for East Cork Early Music Online.

Sunday 11th October, 11:15am-11:20am. In partnership with Carina Drury.
Early Music Elevenses with Carina Drury
An exclusive short excerpt from Carina Drury‘s upcoming album ‘Irlandiani’ of Irish baroque music featuring the cello. The album will be released on November 24th from Penny Fiddle Records.

Sunday 11th October, 7:15pm-8:00pm. In partnership with Nano Nagle Place.
Biber’s Joyful Mysteries
Recorded especially to mark East Cork Early Music 2020, this concert features the first five of Biber’s iconic violin sonatas based on the Mysteries of the Rosary, recorded from the organ gallery of Nano Nagle Place’s historic Goldie Chapel. The newly-restored organ is played by the renowned Cork-based organist and harpsichordist James Taylor, while Caitríona O’Mahony plays baroque violin in 5 different scordatura tunings. This concert is dedicated to the memory of longtime friend of the festival Ron Victor, who sadly passed away this year. ECEMF & Nano Nagle Place are grateful for support from the Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht. 

You’ll be able to see all of our online events on our Youtube channel, and you can subscribe to be notified when the concerts are coming up.  

We’ll be back and better than ever in 2021 for our 18th Festival, and we may have other things going on throughout the year, so please remember to sign up to our Mailing List, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram

East Cork Early Music is grateful for all of the support we have received since its foundation, to our major funders the Arts Council, Cork County Council Arts Office, and to Cork City Council Arts Office and others who have funded us. To our partners in CIT Cork School of Music, Nano Nagle Place, Cork Orchestral Society, UCC FUAIM series, RTE Supporting the Arts To the friends of the festival, corporate and programme sponsors, other supporters over the years, and of course to our artists, production team, audience, Board & Committee, and all the people who make the festival what it is – whether we can gather together or not. We look forward to next year’s festival and to bringing heart-lifting music to you again when we can safely come together.

If you enjoy our virtual events, we'd really appreciate it if you could sign up to our Mailing List so we can keep in touch! We don't email too often, but we'll let you know when there are great early music events coming up from us and our friends!