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Upstairs, Downstairs: Popular Tunes of the 16th and 17th centuries

Kilkenny Castle
18:00 - 21:00
No Booking Required
All Ages


This programme comprises melodies and songs that would have been familiar to all, in settings that would have been heard in the highest echelons of society. Laoise O’Brien (recorders) and Malcolm Proud (harpsichord), take us back in time as they explore the music that would have been popular both upstairs and downstairs in Kilkenny Castle.

Laoise O'Brien is a musician and producer based in Kilkenny. She divides her time between her music production company and her career-long championing of the recorder. As a performer, Laoise has appeared as a soloist and guest musician with numerous ensembles including the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Irish Baroque Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Resurgam, Sestina, The Irish Consort, and Camerata Kilkenny.

Malcolm Proud is a harpsichordist and organist and performs regularly with the Irish Baroque Orchestra, Camerata Kilkenny, Resurgam and Sestina. His international career has included playing all six Brandenburg Concertos with Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s English Baroque Soloists at the BBC London Proms and at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival. He has worked also with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Academy of Ancient Music, European Union Baroque Orchestra and Akademie für alte Musik Berlin.

This will be a staggered performance in the picture gallery and can be enjoyed as part of your visit to the period rooms. No advance booking required. Follow us on our social media platform to keep up to date on all our upcoming events.


Full Address: Kilkenny Castle, The Parade, Gardens, Kilkenny, Ireland
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