2021 is an exciting year for the Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra. For the first time, we will be delivering two courses, one online course in April, and one orchestra course in July. Last year we took IYBO online, due to Covid-19, and we discovered that we could create an engaging and exciting course for students, in which they could all participate from the comfort of their own homes. Following on the success of this online course, we have decided to offer a repeat course this April. We will be focusing on Bach’s solo and orchestral repertoire and discussing different approaches to style and interpretation. In the masterclasses there will be time to discuss and explore how we can apply knowledge about baroque dance to our performances of Bach’s dance movements. All the tutors involved share their unique knowledge and insight with the students ranging from such topics as tuning and temperament, performance anxiety, baroque dance and professional development, to Feldenkrais sessions. You don’t need to audition for this course, so apply online today!
In July, musicians will join together to form IYBO 2021. Having not been able to make music together for two years, I know that it will be a very special and momentous occasion. It will also be the first time that IYBO will have baroque oboes! This is an exciting new phase in the orchestra’s development. I have always found the level of progress made during the IYBO week to be truly remarkable and I love to witness how a group of strangers and some friends can gather together and within a few days become a true and unified orchestra. Friendships are made and there is always plenty of fun mixed in with a great deal of learning. This year we are restricting numbers, due to potential Covid 19 restrictions, and so it will be even more competitive to gain a place. I would urge you to start preparing your video and submit your application and video before the 26th February deadline.
I am really looking forward to working with many of you online and in person. In the meantime, stay safe!
Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra