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Galway Early Music Festival (19th - 21st May 2017)

Galway Early Music Festival Galway Early Music Festival runs annually in May and features concerts by top international performers, workshops, schools events and music and theatre in the Galway City Museum and in the street. The Festival has a unique, relaxed and friendly atmosphere and highlights the medieval town of Galway and the artistic and cultural richness of the area.

The 2017 Early Music Festival featured award-winning Italian ensemble Micrologus, Crux Vocal Ensemble directed by Paul McGough with saxophonist Natalia, The Gregory Walkers and Temenos.

This year's title/theme is 'Something Old, Something New', as it explores what happens when old music meets new music? Along with the enriching interplay of Ars Antiqua and Ars Nova in 14th-century Italy, enjoy some beautiful and intriguing marriages of early music and jazz, contemporary, and traditional music.

It opens on Monday 19 at 1pm with Time-Travel by Temenos in the Chapel of the Poor Clares', with a concert combining recorder and clarinet, baroque and new music. At 8pm, Crux Vocal Ensemble and saxophonist Natalia McGeogh (saxophone ) will fuse early choral music and jazz improvisation.

Saturday 20 has a number of free events in The Latin Quarter, with music on the streets; storytelling for children in Charlie Byrne's; storytelling for the families in The King's Head; a coffee concert in St Nicholals' Collegiate Church; and an exhibition and talk by Ancient Music Ireland in the Mechanics' Institute, Middle Street. At 8pm, award-winning Italian ensemble Micrologus perform music from 14th century Italy.

Sunday 21 features two free events in The Hall at Busker Brownes - a medieval dance workshop at 12 noon, and an Early Irish Harp Taster Workshop at 2pm. The final concert takes place at 5pm in St Nicholas', featuring Athenry Horizon Orchestra, St Nicholas' Choristers, The Red Earl’s Musicke, and the Frenchville Brass Ensemble, all directed by The Gregory Walkers as part of GEM’s Early Music for Young Musicians.

Galway Early Music promotes occasional concerts, talks and workshops throughout the year as well. GEM also has its own ensemble, Seoda (= gems in Irish), which is open to any musicians who would like to explore early music performance. Seoda performs throughout the year at functions and local events. Enjoy concerts, film, family and free events and workshops in the lively medieval centre of Galway, the gateway to Connemara and the Burren.

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