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Sligo Baroque Festival

Irish Baroque Orchestra

Welcome you to this year's Sligo Baroque Festival, 2020. Uncertainty abounds these days - our lives unequivocally changed by the onset of the Covid pandemic. However, in light of this the value of the Sligo Baroque Festival has only been magnified. This year, our commitment to Irish artists has been fortified to meet the difficulties we musicians are experiencing. Our concert halls remain silent, the theatres empty, and in an already precarious position of no play no pay, the Covid measures are affecting not merely our livelihoods, but our cultural expression in its entirety

The Irish Baroque Orchestra is acclaimed as Ireland's flagship period music ensemble and delivers historically informed performances to the highest standards at home and abroad. Under the artistic direction of Peter Whelan, each member of the orchestra explores the playing techniques and performance styles of the 17th and 18th centuries, and performs only on baroque instruments or modern replicas. The result is as vivid as a freshly restored oil painting: the colour, simmering tension, and highly charged emotion of this incredible music bursts to the surface, carrying the listener back 300 years to the fascinating sound world of 18th-century Europe.

​The IBO's championing of previously unknown gems from 18th-century Ireland reveals music of exceptional quality.  This artistic rehabilitation prompts deeper reflections on our social, political and cultural history. Now internationally regarded, IBO is changing the way that we listen to music of the 17th and 18th centuries in Ireland.


J.S. Bach                                            Cello Suite No.2 in D minor, BWV 1008

Locke                                                Curtain Tune from The Tempest
Pachelbel                                          Canon and Gigue
Purcell                                               Three Parts Upon a Ground, Z731

Handel                                              Sonata in G major, Op.5 No.4, HWV 399
                                                        Allegro – A tempo ordinario – Passacaille – Gigue - Menuet 

J. S. Bach                                        Orchestral Suite No.2 in B Minor, BWV 1067
                                                       Ouverture – Rondeau – Sarabande – Bourrée I & II – Polonaise & Double – Minuet - Badinerie


This concert will be approximately one hour's duration. In line with Government recommendations, seating capacity is limited and tickets must be pre-booked online in advance. Tickets are available to purchase online from 16th September at 10am. People will be allocated socially distant seats on arrival. When booking multiple tickets you will be seated together.

Concessions are available directly from box office which is open for in person bookings from Wednesday-Friday, 10 – 2pm from 19th September, at 071-9161518 or at the Hawk’s Well Theatre, Temple Street, Sligo. They can also be arranged by emailing