Limerick’s first celebration of the annual European Day of Early Music will take place on Saturday 21st March from 10am to 9pm at the People’s Museum of Limerick. An early music organisation, new to Limerick, is planning on celebrating it in Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque style. A pre-festival celebration, open to the public and featuring medieval music, will also take place on Thursday 19th March from 6-8pm at Treaty City Brewery, 24 Nicholas Street in Limerick’s Medieval Quarter.
H.I.P.S.T.E.R.which stands for Historically Informed Performance Series, Teaching, Education and Research brings early music, instruments and dance to Limerick audiences with their official launch on Saturday 21st March. In partnership with European Expo 2020, this new organisation celebrates the 8th annual European Day of Early Music 2020 with a compact one-day festival offering three chamber concerts, an exhibit of early instruments and a historical dance workshop.
H.I.P.S.T.E.R.’s founders and co-directors, keyboardist Dr Yonit Kosovske and singer Dr Vlad Smishkewych, are joined by historical dance instructor Dr Felicity Maxwell, recorder player Theresa Burton, Michelle O’Connor on medieval vielle and fiddle, and Sarah Groser on viola da gamba and vielle.
All events on Saturday 21st March are being held at the People’s Museum of Limerick, No. 2 Pery Square, in the heart of the Treaty City’s Georgian Quarter.
10am - 5pm Instrument Exhibit (free)
11am Medieval Chamber Concert (ticketed)
1pm Recorder Chamber Concert (ticketed)
4pm Viola da gamba Chamber Concert (ticketed)
5.30pm - 7.30pm Historical Dance Workshop: Intro to Renaissance & English country dance (ticketed)
8pm Reception: EDEM celebration and H.I.P.S.T.E.R. launch (free)
All chamber concerts are around 40 minutes in length and are followed by Q&A. The entire event is made possible by generous support from the Limerick City and County Council. Tickets available at eventbrite.ie and on the day at the door.
Click here for more information about Early Music Day 2020.