About the Orchestra
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.
performed by Sligo Baroque Orchestra include all Corelli’s concerti
grossi; some twenty odd concertos by Vivaldi (including Four Seasons
with Niamh Crowley); Bach’s double violin concerto, violin concerto
in a minor, double concerto for oboe and violin, b minor suite, third
and sixth Brandenburg Concerto; Handel’s Acis & Galatea,
Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, The Fairy Queen and The Indian Queen
(all with The Amaryllis Singers; Handel’s concerti grossi 1-5; and
very many less well known baroque works. Moving into the classical
era, the ensemble has performed piano, flute, violin and bassoon
concertos by Mozart as well as three masses; and both romance for
violin and orchestra by Beethoven.
For the purchase of baroque bows, flutes and oboe the sbo gratefully acknowledge support from Music Network’s Capital Scheme, funded by The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Music Network is funded by the Arts Council.