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East Cork Early Music Festival in 2018 brings to life an exciting array of concerts in Cork & East Cork with a focus on J.S. Bach.

Friday features Bach's Coffee Cantata at 1pm in Nano Nagle Place's Goldie Chapel. At 7:30 in Cork School of Music, Sestina Music brings to life cantatas by J.S. and J.C. Bach, and Bach's incredible Ciaccona for solo violin with chorale interpolations.

On Saturday the festival is set against the historic surroundings of Youghal, with music to cure spider bites from Palisander Recorders in the Mall Arts Centre at 3pm.

At 7:30 in the medieval St. Mary's Collegiate Church, Sestina Madrigal '75 & Cork Baroque Players perform Bach's most powerful work, his St. John Passion, the first Cork performance in nearly forty years.

Sunday's concert at 6pm in St. Peter's North Main Street is an eclectic feast for the ears, with seventeenth-century riffs from counter-tenor Mark Chambers & violinist Marja Gaynor, consort music from the Cork Viols, a newly-commissioned string quartet by star composer Sebastian Adams, and singer-songwriter Simon MacHale with his unique brand of electronic folk music, influenced by his early music background.

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