Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra | Two Courses in 2021

 

Applications for the Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra are now closed. However, we may still have vacancies for certain instruments.

If you are interested, please send an email to info@iayo.ie.

We are delighted to be able to announce the details of two Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra courses that will take place in 2021.

  • IYBO Online 2021 | 6 – 8 April 2021 | An introduction to historically informed performance practice with instrumental workshops presented by the Irish Baroque Orchestra & the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras | Places are available to musicians of any instrument who have an interest.
  • IYBO Summer Course | 19 – 24 July 2021 | This course will be a performance course held in Dublin with a maximum of 15 players to ensure compliance with potential COVID-19 restrictions. We will only proceed with an in-person course if it is absolutely safe to do so.

 

Closing date for applications for both courses is Friday, 26 February.

Note: A video submission is required to apply for the IYBO Summer Course.

Please note: If you wish to apply for the summer course and have not previously taken part in any Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra activities, it is strongly advised that you participate in the IYBO Online course in April 2021.

For more details on both courses, please see http://www.iybo.iayo.ie/about-the-orchestra/.

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.

claire-duff2021 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!

Claire Duff
Artistic Director
Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra