Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra Concerts 2022


Ireland’s finest young musicians have been selected to play in this year’s Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra where those with a penchant for historically informed performance can hone their talents under the guidance of artistic director Claire Duff and musicians from the Irish Baroque Orchestra. Culminating in concerts in Townley Hall, Louth at 7:30pm on Friday,  22 July and St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street at 5:00pm on Saturday, 23 July.

This year’s programme ‘Dublin Gaieties’ will explore the importance of dance and Baroque music in Dublin in the 18th century. Dance formed an intrinsic part of social life and entertainment at court but was also used for achieving and maintaining social status. The programme will include Handel, Dubourg, Cousser and Vivaldi. Performing on baroque instruments, IYBO will bring music which brought dancers to their feet in our capital centuries ago, freshly to life. A collaboration between the Irish Baroque Orchestra and the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras.


Tickets to the St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street on Saturday, 23 July will be available at the door.

General admission is €15 with €10 concessions.

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