Music Programmes & Residencies

Galway Early Music

Galway Early Music was founded in 1996 with the aim of promoting the historically informed performance of medieval, renaissance and baroque music in Galway City and County. The 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. Occasional concerts, talks and workshops are also organised throughout the year and the resident ensemble, Seoda, is open to musicians wishing to explore early music performance. A semi-professional ensemble, the Red Earl’s Consort, is also in place. 


Galway Jazz Festival

Galway Jazz Festival was established in 2005 with the aim of connecting more people in Galway with jazz and improvised music. The festival’s strong, inclusive and adventurous programmes attract a wide audience. Recently described by The Irish Times as a "boutique festival with a big heart and growing international credibility", the annual festival’s musical boundaries span from JS Bach to Ireland’s leading HIP HOP ensembles, the UK’s premier vocalists, top European recording artists and the very best from the eclectic contemporary Irish jazz scene. Jazz is a broad church and Galway Jazz Festival seeks to fill all the pews! 


the galway music residency

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The Galway Music Residency was established in 2002 to cultivate a comprehensive music development programme for Galway, with a professional ensemble at its centre.

The programme was designed to bring performances to new audiences across Galway and to broaden the experience of those already involved in music. ConTempo Quartet (pictured) was chosen asEnsemble in Residence in 2003 and continues to captivate audiences throughout the city, county and beyond with its repertoire of classical, contemporary, folk and traditional music. The Galway Music Residency also runs a vibrant programme of community events, education projects and apprenticeships, engaging with young musicians and listeners of all ages.


Music for Galway

Music for Galway is the leading platform for top quality international classical music performances in Galway and the West of Ireland. Since its foundation in 1981 it has consistently provided a diverse and stimulating season of concerts, from solo recitals to chamber music performances, operatic productions and orchestral galas.

Through the work of Artistic Director, Finghin Collins; Executive Officer, Anna Lardi Fogarty; and its dynamic Board; Music for Galway continues to attract the cream of classical talent from Ireland, Europe and across the globe to captivate audiences in a variety of venues in the West of Ireland.