Irish Early Music Network launches with online concerts for Early Music Day
Sunday 21st March 2021

A new network for early music in Ireland launches in time for Early Music Day 2021 on 21st March, as Europe celebrates early music on the birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Working to bring early music into the digital 21st century and to highlight Irish early music on the European stage, the Irish Early Music Network’s initiatives (with the support of the Arts Council’s Capacity Building Scheme) include creating a small bank of filming and streaming equipment for concert and workshop broadcast, and hosting events for Early Music Day. These will be shared worldwide on the Early Music Day European platform (created by REMA, the European Early Music Network).

Currently the network consists of the three founding members, Limerick Early Music/H.I.P.S.T.E.R Ireland, Galway Early Music, and East Cork Early Music, and hopes to expand to connect and support early music organisations and ensembles across the country in the future. With its relatively small but incredibly dedicated and creative scene, IEMN aims to share Ireland’s fine work in early music worldwide through digital platforms, and enable exchanges of thought, skills, and support at home.  

The inaugural Limerick Early Music Festival takes place in the days around Early Music Day, and its Early Music Day events on 21st March include performances from Rhiannon Giddens, Aisling Kenny, and directors Yonit Kosovske and Wolodymyr Smishkewych, amongst many other performances, talks and workshops. 

Galway Early Music hosts a performance of seventeenth-century Italian music by Strozzi, Frescobaldi, and Marini along with workshops and concerts of Renaissance music, while East Cork Early Music Festival brings a performance of Biber’s iconic Mystery Sonatas from the historic Goldie Chapel in Cork’s Nano Nagle Place.

Tune in to Irish Early Music Network’s events on Sunday 21st March, through Limerick Early Music Festival, Galway Early Music, and East Cork Early Music, or explore for more on the Europe-wide celebration. | | 

Irish Early Music Network is grateful for the major support of the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon