2021 Inaugural Festival Programme

Welcome! We’re thrilled to have you joining us for the inaugural Limerick Early Music Festival. The easiest way to follow the day’s events is to like our Facebook page as all our online events will be posted there and will be going live at their scheduled times (but won’t be available before). However, you can also click through the links below as they are updated, and you’ll be taken to a new page on YouTube. You can also visit this page to come back to videos and watch them at a later time. Enjoy!

Yonit Kosovske
Yonit Kosovske
Vlad Smishkewych

Please Note: All events are GMT+0 (Dublin/London)

12pm Opening message from LEMF directors Yonit Kosovske and Vlad Smishkewych

12:15 Official welcome from LEMF ambassador & Limerick native Caoimhe de Paor

Limerick’s most recent early music star, recorder virtuosa Caoimhe de Paor, delivers the official opening for the first Limerick Early Music Festival, welcoming everyone to a weekend of music performances, documentaries and more. From her beginnings in early music with Limerick School of Music faculty Maria O’Brien, to international success with her recorder quartet Palisander, Caoimhe’s story inspires musicians of all ages to get involved with over a thousand years of exhilarating music.

12:30 Performance of Palisander Recorder Quartet

Immediately following the LEMF welcome message by festival Ambassador Caoimhe de Paor, her recorder quartet Palisander offers the first musical performance of this 2-day festival, featuring an arrangement of music by Johann Sebastian Bach as well as Elizabethan dances by Anthony Holborne and John Dowland.

1pm Lunchtime concert with Rachel Factor, harpsichord, performing works by J.S. Bach and Jacques Duphly

From the hills of Wicklow, Ireland, harpsichordist Rachel Factor invites you to step into her music room to delight in the sounds of Johann Sebastian Bach and Jacques Duphly as played upon her Andrew Wooderson harpsichord.

2pm Instrument exhibit video with Andrew Lawrence-King: Regal Organ

Renowned harpist and director Andrew Lawrence-King gives a brief history and demonstration on the regal organ.

2:30pm Instrument exhibit video with Andrew Lawrence-King: Medieval Bells

Renowned harpist and director Andrew Lawrence-King gives an introduction to the sound and history of medieval bells, featuring a beautiful set of cast bells made by percussionist and craftsperson Michael Metzler.

3pm Hidden Soundscapes Documentary: Alive Again
The Repair and Restoration of a Harpsichord in Limerick

Featuring interviews and performances by:
Restorers Aiden Scanlon and Michael Laffan
Limerick School of Music faculty Maria O’Brien, Cecilia Madden, and Peter Barley
LEMF co-director and harpsichordist Yonit Kosovske

7pm Celtic Beethoven On-Demand Concert
Carlos Nuñez and friends

Galician piper Carlos Núñez has made his selection over the years from among the almost 200 traditional Irish, Scottish and Welsh melodies arranged by Beethoven.

In this on-demand online concert, he proposes a new way of interpreting them, somewhere between Early, Classical and Folk Music, respecting the harmonies, intros, interludes and codas in which the composer’s genius lies, but bringing the tunes back to the rhythm, ornamentation or timbres that give them their richness in traditional music, as well as recovering some of the original lyrics, such as Caitrín Triall, of which Beethoven arranged the version of the melody collected by Bunting. The concert was filmed live in several beautiful Galician locations, and Núñez plays several recorders and other historic winds accompanied by numerous HIP performers on harpsichord, fortepiano, and more.
The concert video will be available for one month. You can purchase a ticket (link below) and start watching the concert at any time. Once playback has started, you will have 24 hours to enjoy it as many times as you wish.


12pm Instrument exhibit video with Benjamin Bagby, Medieval 6-string Harp

Singer and director of Sequentia ensemble for medieval music Benjamin Bagby discusses and demonstrates three different 6-string harps after early medieval models from Oberflacht and Trossingen, reconstructed by Rainer Thurau.

12:30pm Instrument exhibit video with Andrew Lawrence-King, Conductors & Conducting

Renowned harpist and director Andrew Lawrence-King discusses the role of the conductor’s hand as a historical instrument and questions the use of a modern conductor in HIP ensembles.

1pm Performance video: Maria dolce by Francesca Caccini, with Aisling Kenny, soprano & Yonit Kosovske, harpsichord

2pm Grounded! The Passacaille in ‘Lockdown’ with Mary Collins and Steve Player

Recorded in England especially for the Limerick Early Music Festival, historical dance specialists Mary Collins and Steve Player bring the Passacaille to life through explanation, demonstration, and performance.

3pm WAVE~LINKS video: Lines and Bridges with Nina Falk, baroque violinist & glass artist

In the newest episode of the WAVE~LINKS video series exploring music and artisanry, Baroque violinist and glass artist Nina Falk reflects upon her quest for creativity, freedom, and healing through her various paths in music and art. This video was created for the 2021 Limerick Early Music Festival and features performances of music by Johann Sebastian Bach and Élisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre as performed by Nina Falk and her chamber ensemble Arcovoce.

3:30pm Shades, Shapes, and Shadows: J.S. Bach’s “Allemande” in Monochrome
Flautist and photographer Teddie Hwang premieres a new art film featuring her monochromatic photography and her recording of the “Allemande” from J.S. Bach’s Partita in A Minor BWV 1013 for solo flute, played on the baroque transverse flute (flauto traverso). Following the performance, she shares her thoughts about music and photography, as well as her creative process in putting the work together.

6:15pm Pre-concert Lecture Antonio Cascelli, NUI Maynooth  
I baci, The Kisses: Music & Text in Sacred and Secular Music of 17th Century Italy”

In advance of the LEMF mainstage concert “I Baci, The Kisses,” musicologist and Monteverdi lover Dr Antonio Cascelli of NUI Maynooth shares an enlightening lecture to discuss themes of sacred and secular love in the music, poetry, and art of 17th century Italy.

7pm Mainstage concert (Ticketed)
I baci: The Kisses

Sacred and Secular Music in 17th century Italy
Works by: Strozzi, Monteverdi, Merula, Frescobaldi, and Corbetta

Click here to purchase tickets on Eventbrite

(You will be mailed a ticket link by Eventbrite to access the performance—it will not play here or on our YouTube channel.)

Rhiannon Giddens, Laura Howes, Cecilia Madden, Mícheál P Ó Súilleabháin, Vlad Smishkewych, Eve Stafford, and Zoë Stedje
Instrumentalists: Peter Barley, Yonit Kosovske, and Eamon Sweeney

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