Events Tickets

Saturday 10th November at 1.05pm

St. Iberius Church, Wexford

Tickets: €17, €14 (concessions) & €5 students 

Marja Gaynor, Baroque violin

James Taylor, harpsichord



Nicola Matteis (c.1670 – after 1714)

Diverse bizzarrie sopra la vecchia Sarabanda o pur Ciaccona

Isabella Leonarda (1620 – 1704)

Sonata duodecima op.16 (1693)

Johann Jakob Froberger (1616 – 1667)

Toccata VI

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681 – 1767)

Sonata I in F major TWV 41:F4 (1734) | Andante – Allegro – Siciliana – Allegro

Johann Caspar F. Fischer (c.1665 – c.1746)

Passacaglia (from Musicalischer Parnassus, 1738)

Jean Joseph de Mondonville (1711-1772)

Sonata V in D major op.3 (1734) | Allegro – Aria – Allegro

Thomas Baltzar (c.1631 – 1663)

Variations on John come kiss me now (from John Playford’s The Division Violin, 1684)

Marja Gaynor was born in Finland but has been based in Cork since 2005. She was awarded a 1st class honours MA at Cork School of Music, and continued her Baroque violin studies at The Royal Conservatoire of The Hague with Pavlo Beznosiuk.

Marja is a member of the Irish Baroque Orchestra and Camerata Kilkenny. Both ensembles have released much-acclaimed recordings and toured nationally and internationally.  Marja is also a founder member of Giordani Quartet, Ireland’s only chamber group specialising in early Classical repertoire using period instruments.

Outside Ireland Marja works with the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra and other leading European period orchestras, and is increasingly in demand as a leader, soloist and workshop facilitator. She was the Artistic Director of East Cork Early Music Festival 2013-2015, and has also been invited to act as guest curator for the Kaleidoscope Night concert series.

With her various areas of interest and expertise (Baroque, traditional music, and improvisation) Marja is much sought after as an arranger, studio musician and collaborator in all genres. Her proudest project to date was her critically acclaimed arrangement of Purcell’s ‘Dido and Aeneas’ (Cork Opera House), and she also arranged and played the strings of ‘Falling Slowly’ for the movie ‘Once’, Oscar winner for best song in 2008.

James Taylor began his musical education as a cathedral chorister at Southwell Minster, UK. He graduated with an honours BMus from Huddersfield University in 1998 and an MA in 1999, completing his postgraduate studies in 2006 at McGill University Montreal, specialising in organ and harpsichord.

He has held church music posts at Ripon Cathedral (UK), Wellington Cathedral of St. Paul, New Zealand and Christchurch Cathedral Montreal. He has performed concerts across Canada, the United States, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland and New Zealand, and he has participated in numerous television and radio broadcasts as a soloist and accompanist. James has recently completed a recording on the newly restored organ at St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral Cork, where he worked from 2006 – 2017.

James is a Lecturer in Music at the CIT Cork School of Music, and conducts the award winning vocal ensemble Madrigal ‘ 75 with whom he has toured Italy, Spain and Switzerland. The choir performs regularly in Cork and further afield, their next concert being the ever popular Christmas Concert as part of the Cork Orchestral Society series.

Marja Gaynor | Baroque Violin made by Bertran Galen (2009)

James Taylor | Harpsichord after Ruckers made by Michael Johnson (2004)