Peter Whelan

East Cork Early Music Festival ONLINE 2021

East Cork Early Music festival brings its live events ONLINE this year with a programme full of favourites old and new.

Bringing historic music to life in high-quality recordings from a selection of beautiful locations in Cork city and Kinsale, the festival this year traverses tales of rivalry, secrecy, celebrity, and exploration.

Available ONLINE from venues in Cork city and county
Online concerts will be available on-demand for 3 weeks after the date of release. You will receive a link to the concert via the email you used to book

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

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. 

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.

As a special online-only treat, thanks to Music in Kilkenny, we have special access to a concert by festival favourites Camerata Kilkenny performing Bach’s Actus Tragicus BWV 106 and Komm du süße Todesstunde | BWV 161 from St. Canice’s Cathedral.

Cork Baroque Players bring to life another touring virtuoso of the 18th century, with a sparkling programme by Venetian violinist Maddalena Lombardini

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.

All concerts will be available to enjoy at your convenience for a period of three weeks after their release date.