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Culture Night 2023 at Kilkenny Castle


Free of charge


6pm to 9pm, last admission at 8.30pm


Kilkenny Castle

Kilkenny Castle is delighted to take part in Culture Night once more.
To celebrate Culture Night, the period rooms and exhibitions of Kilkenny Castle will be open to the public free of charge from 6pm to 9pm on Friday 22nd September 2023.

Musical guests, duo Laoise O’Brien (Recorder) & Malcolm Proud (harpsichord), will entertain visitors with “Upstairs, downstairs: Popular tunes of the 16th & 17th Centuries” in the stunning Picture Gallery from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

This programme of staggered performances 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 and Malcolm Proud 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.

Please note last admission will be 8:30pm.
No advance booking required. Admission will be on a first come, first served basis


The Parade
Kilkenny City
R95 YRK1

046 942 3249

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