17 August 2022 @ 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle
The Parade

Join Laoise O’Brien in the Parade Tower of Kilkenny Castle for an afternoon of renaissance music making. Explore ensemble music from the sixteenth century, and learn about the social context of the music in a relaxed and enjoyable setting. Open to wind, string and plucked instrumentalists of all levels. The ability to read music is an advantage. Music will be sent in advance.

Places limited to 20 participants and booking is required. This is a free event. 

Please email kilkennycastleevents@opw.ie if you would like to book a place on this special workshop along with the following information:

  • What instrument(s) you play?
  • Can you read music?
  • Can you read bass clef?


Laoise O’Brien enjoys an active career in the Irish arts scene where she embodies several roles. A professional recorder player, she has been described in the press as a crusader with mesmerising skills and boundless imagination. Laoise has been championing the recorder since discovering the versatility and virtuosity of this much maligned instrument while a student of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.

For the past twenty years she has promoted the recorder through concert performances, education, recording, and broadcasting, working with all the major ensembles and arts organisations in Ireland. She has travelled extensively throughout the country performing at festivals, concert series, and as part of educational projects.

In recent years, Laoise has enjoyed a successful career as a music producer working on multiple recording projects, mostly in the classical and folk music genres. In addition to producing music for albums, video, radio and online broadcast, Laoise has delivered workshops and talks on the art of recording.

Laoise is passionate about connection within the music community and regularly undertakes projects which reach music lovers of all ages. She is a member of the board of the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras, part of the programming committee of Music in Kilkenny, and sits on the Local Music Education Partnership of Music Generation Kilkenny.