East Cork Early Music Festival LIVE 2021

East Cork Early Music festival is back this October with a programme full of favourites old and new. Bringing historic music to life in a selection of beautiful locations in Cork city and Kinsale, the festival this year traverses tales of rivalry, secrecy, celebrity, and exploration.


Cork & Kinsale

7th-10th October 2021

Tickets available from Tuesday 28th September

Special guest artist harpsichordist Bridget Cunningham takes on the superstar of the 18th century with a solo recital following Georg Frideric Handel’s adventures in Ireland in UCC’s Glucksman Gallery on Friday 8th October

Galway soprano Aisling Kenny and renowned harpist Siobhán Armstrong explore a more hidden stream of women’s early music – from the songs of the secret Ferrarese Concerto delle Donne, to music attributed to Anne Boleyn in captivity. 

On Saturday 9th October Bridget Cunningham directs the Cork Baroque Orchestra in Kinsale with mezzo Sharon Carty and countertenor Francesco Giusti, singing the divas of rival 18th century opera houses, a musical world fed by sponsorship from the 4th Earl of Cork. 

Cellist Carina Drury’s programme Irlandiani with her accomplished trio, lilts through the favourite Irish tunes of Baroque audiences and sees the favoured role of the cello amongst Irish-based composers. Cork Baroque Players bring to life another touring virtuoso of the 18th century, with a sparkling programme by Venetian violinist Maddalena Lombardini

Closing the festival on Sunday 10th October, Vlad Smishkewych’s trio cross genre and national boundaries in their programme Trans-Pyrenaïc, following threads of Baroque and folk music across the Pyrenees mountains over the centuries.

For those who can’t make the live festival, the concerts will also be broadcast online in the weeks following. 

Tickets will be available from Tuesday 28th September at www.eastcorkearlymusic.ie Please note, tickets are very limited due to COVID, so we advise early booking.

Thursday 7th October
6pm – Aisling Kenny & Siobhán Armstrong | Musica di e per donne | Nano Nagle Place

Friday 8th October
1pm – Bridget Cunningham | Handel’s Adventures in Ireland | The Glucksman, UCC
7:30pm – Cork Baroque Players | A Venetian Virtuoso | Cork School of Music

Saturday 9th October
2:30pm – Carina Drury Trio | Irlandiani | Kinsale Methodist Church
6:30pm/8pm – Sharon Carty, Francesco Giusti, Cork Baroque Orchestra dir. Bridget Cunningham | A Tale of Two Opera Houses | Kinsale

Sunday 10th October
6pm – Vlad Smishkewych Trio | TransPyrenaïc | St. Peter’s North Main Street

Plus fringe, education & outreach events, stay tuned at eastcorkearlymusic.ie for updates.

Book tickets online

We recommend booking tickets early as capacity is strictly limited. All tickets must be booked online in advance. Please read all COVID-19 guidelines carefully before purchasing a ticket.