The Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra is a collaboration between the Irish Baroque Orchestra and the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras supported by the Royal Irish Academy of Music.


We are delighted to be offering two courses, this time with an exciting extra bonus! This year, a selection of participants from IYBO 2022 will be invited to give a performance in Croatia in September, subject to funding. Drawing on the success of last year’s IYBO we are opening applications to include baroque oboe and bassoon as well as flutes, strings and harpsichord. The July orchestra course is packed full with fun and inspiring baroque dance sessions, engaging and stimulating rehearsals and relaxing Feldenkrais sessions. There is an intense amount of learning in just a few days and the level of improvement from the first day to the last is always astonishing.

We strongly advise anyone who is applying for the July IYBO course to also participate in the April online course (unless they have already done so). At the online course, you will learn about baroque style, dance, interpretation and ornamentation. You will participate in group lessons and learn from your peers and from the distinguished IYBO tutors. Each day will end with a relaxing Feldenkrais session which will enhance your playing in wondrous ways. You don’t need to audition for this course so apply online today!

I look forward to meeting many of you in person and online and to playing wonderful baroque music with you soon.

Claire Duff
Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra