XXIII Loulé Early Music Meeting – Francisco Rosado spreading sounds across the municipality

The biggest event in the south of the country dedicated to classical sounds is back in Loulé. The XXIII Loulé Ancient Music Meeting – Francisco Rosado starts this Saturday, October 7th, and will bring lots of music to the municipality’s churches until the 29th.

As has happened since its inception, this year renowned national and international chamber groups, specializing in this repertoire, will participate in this event.

We begin the Meeting by opening its doors at the Church of Nossa Senhora da Assunção, in Querença, on the 7th, with the Portuguese group Iberian Ensemble, which will bring us a program inspired by the Baroque period, to the sound of the most popular instruments of the time such as the harpsichord, the baroque flute, violins and viola da gamba.

The following day, Sunday, lovers of classical music will have the opportunity to hear, see, and feel, at Cerca do Convento Espírito Santo, a multidisciplinary show with Astrea Ensemble, which, in addition to ancient music performed with voice, theorbo, and baroque harp, expresses a heartfelt tribute to Women, with contemporary dance as a complementary element.

This is followed by the concert by the renowned English consort – Palisander, with a fresh approach to recorders, which adds to ancient music the themes of magic, poetry, and sung words, in a unique and innovative show that takes place in the renovated Parish Church of Loulé, on October 14th.

The following weekend the proposals are also appealing. The Emperor’s Clavier is the theme of the concert taking place at the Church of S. Sebastião de Boliqueime, on October 21st, by the two Spanish ensembles – Todos los tonos y ayres and Íliber Ensemble. In this concert, the public will have the opportunity to hear, for the first time in Portugal, a fusion between ancient Western and Eastern music, with period instruments from both regions.

On Sunday, 22nd, at the Church of Nossa Srª de Alte, the Loulé Flute Ensemble invites the consort of violas da gamba from the Coimbra Conservatory for a concert that aims to disseminate the pedagogical work carried out in the Music Schools of both regions, through from an exchange celebrating early music to instrumental consorts.

On the 28th, at the Church of Nossa Srª da Conceição in Quarteira, vocal music will be the queen of the concert by Capella Praetensis, a group based in Leuven (Belgium), with an a cappella vocal program that pays homage to the work of Josquin Deprez, during his stay in Rome in the 15th/16th centuries.

To close the 23rd Meeting, on the 29th, the Trio Atlanticus combines the harmonies of the voice, the viola da gamba, and the harpsichord with the unique beauty of the hermitage of S. Lourenço – Almancil, with a program entirely dedicated to ancient music composers.

All concerts have free entry, starting at 7 pm, except for Alte, scheduled for 5 pm.
As expected, the event will promote a strong pedagogical component, through the offering of a traverso (baroque flute) workshop, a baroque strings workshop, both on the 6th, and a recorder masterclass, on the 15, and a facsimile reading workshop (old scores), on the 28th. Registration via email at or phone 969433541.

Remember that this event was born in 1998, at the hands of Francisco Rosado, its creator and promoter, in an organization by Loulé City Council with artistic direction by Ana Figueiras, since 2015. It is a pioneering festival in the Algarve region, which aims to promote the enjoyment of music that was made more than 300 years ago, its cultural context, its historical significance, and the way it was inserted into Western society. Year after year, it has gained a loyal following, especially foreigners who live or spend holidays here.

Always confirm with the concert hall or promoter the conditions of access, confirmation of the date or time, ticket place of sale, price, and availability.

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