Sligo Baroque Orchestra

Sligo Ireland

+353 (0)71 9854122

Welcome to the Sligo Baroque Orchestra website. Please take the time to look around and find out a bit about us. Check out our news section for any upcoming concerts.​

​Sligo Baroque Orchestra began life as Sligo Early Music Ensemble in 1990 at a time when classical instrumental music in Sligo was almost non-existent.

Its aim was playing music from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in a historically informed manner and for twenty years it has maintained that goal, meeting for weekly rehearsals, exploring hundreds of baroque compositions, holding workshops and giving more than a hundred performances in Sligo and the North West.

The orchestra is markedly inclusive, involving much sought-after professional musicians as well as amateur and student instrumentalists, and involving members from very different musical backgrounds.

The sbo has been joined by eminent soloists including cellist Stephan Forck, viola player Stefan Fehlandt, flautist Eleanor Dawson, gamba player Sarah Groser and violinists Niamh Crowley and Nicola Cleary.

Please come and join us


Sligo Baroque Orchestra is eager to hear from instrumentalists of any age who have good basic technical ability and a desire to be part of an orchestra that includes weekly rehearsals and around eight or nine public performances each year.

Currently SBO has vacancies for oboe, bassoon, horn and all string instruments including double bass.

SBO is made up of professional, amateur and student instrumentalists. The orchestra leader is Nicola Cleary and the repertoire is mainly, but not exclusively, from the Baroque and early Classical period.

In 2014 SBO performed in a number of Informal Music Afternoons including a special O'Carolan/Geminani programme, combined with Sligo African band, Tropicana Musica for concert in Cairde Festival devised by Steve Wickham, with guest soloist Therese Timoney gave the final concert in Sligo's Festival of Baroque Music, and performed their annual Student-Soloist concert.

For more information on joining please contact Rod Alston: 071-9854122

Where do we rehearse?

We currently rehearse on Monday nights in Saint Brendan's National School in Cartron Estate.


Coppyright Sligo Baroque Orchestra 2016