Enjoy mediaeval music this May

THE GALWAY Early Music Festival takes place this weekend with mediaeval inspired music concerts, workshops, and performances tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday.

There will be a Cypriot flavour to The Ensemble Unicorn’s show, The Isle of Aphrodite: Love Songs from the Court of King Janus in Nicosia. This unusual programme is based on a single manuscript written between 1413 and 1426 - the songs and melodies of which are not to be found anywhere else.

The concert takes place in St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church on Saturday at 8.30pm. Tickets are €22/15/7.

Music of Ancient Ireland and its performance by Ancient Horns’ Simon O’Dwyer also takes place on Saturday but in the Galway City Museum at 3pm.

Simon will give a concert/talk on the ancient Irish horns and the situations in which they might be played. He has reproduced and played a number of the horns in the National Museum of Ireland and researched the literary and historical references to the horns and their musical place in Irish society. Admission is free.

Young music fans might like to check out Estonia’s young ambassadors for early music, The Kiili Youth Early Music Group who will also be playing. Aged from 10 to 18, they will perform Renaissance dance music in the Galway City Museum on Saturday at 2pm.

Tickets to all events will be available at each venue before the performance, in advance from Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop, and at www.galwayearlymusic.com

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