Reflecting on the event, Martin commented that he had a wonderful time, met some lovely people and attended some excellent workshops and recitals.
One of the people who really impressed Martin was the Czech flute player Jana Semerádová, whose Baroque flute master class and recitals Martin attended. Here is a video clip of Jana performing:
Jana’s playing brought forward the zen-like aspect of Martin’s persona and he fervently loosed forth the following paradoxical quote:
“When you hear a musician playing the flute, it becomes difficult to listen to the same being done by a flute player.” – Martin Doyle.
Martin was also very pleased to meet Colin Booth, the British harpsichordist and harpsichord maker. Here’s a video clip of Colin playing the harpsichord:
Martin was so impressed with the harpsichord that on returning home, he bought one! The sweet tones of the Baroque era now float across the green fields and narrow laneways around Rannagh in the County Clare.
Martin would like to thank the Sligo Festival of Baroque Music organisers for inviting him to the festival. He would also like to thank Vivian and Lizzy Kinsella and their daughters Charlotte and Isabella, whom he stayed with while in Sligo, for their kind and generous hospitality.