2018 Orchestra

Concert Tour

Sixteen of Ireland’s finest young string, wind, and harpsichord musicians have been selected to play in this year’s Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra – a week-long music course where young musicians with a penchant for historical performance practice can hone their talents under the guidance of professional conductors and musicians. The course will this year culminate in two concerts taking place in Castletown House, Celbridge, Co Kildare on Friday, 20 July at 4pm and in St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin on Saturday 21 July at 5pm.

Claire Duff, Leader of the Irish Baroque Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra said:

“These concerts are a Baroque Banquet for the ears, celebrating some of the finest music from 18th century Europe and showcasing the fantastic talent in Ireland today.”

For starters, there is Handel’s proud Concerto Grosso in G major, then for main course, Telemann’s beautiful Tafelmusik in A major and Muffatt’s rich and creamy Armonico Tributo in G minor. Telemann’s Tafelmusik (table-music) collection, with its association with princely banqueting, was met with great enthusiasm and elicited advanced subscriptions throughout Europe from members of the nobility and royalty, ambassadors, government officials and composers, including Handel. Finally, for dessert, there is the dazzlingly delicious concerto in D minor for 2 violins by the ‘Red Priest’ of Venice, Antonio Vivaldi.

Friday, 20 July, Castletown House, Celbridge, Co. Kildare, 4pm

Saturday, 21 July, St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin, 5pm

Tickets €15 / €10 will be available on the door.


16th July – 21st July 2018

Royal Irish Academy of Music

The second edition of the Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra will take place in Dublin in July followed by a public concert. The orchestra is aimed at advanced instrumental students between the ages of 18 and 24 with an interest in historically informed performance practice. (Exceptional players outside of the age range will be considered.)

It is intended for all participants to perform on period instruments provided by the IBO, IAYO and other partners. At a minimum, string players will be provided with gut strings and the use of period bows. Players of other instruments will be facilitated with the loan of a period instrument in advance of the course.

In 2018, the orchestra will consist of between 13 and 16 players of stringed instruments (violin, viola, cello, double bass/violone, lute, therobo), continuo (harpsichord), and baroque oboe,  with the potential addition of flutes as solo and ensemble instruments.


Possible repertoire to be confirmed.

The final course dates are subject to the confirmation of concert dates and venues.


The timetable below is based on a six-day rehearsal and performance schedule.

Monday, 16 July
9:30-10:00 Arrive, tea & coffee, introductions
10:00-11:15 Tutti rehearsal
11:30-13:00 Dance Workshop
14:00-15:15 Tutti rehearsal
15:30-17:00 Sectional rehearsals
Tuesday, 17 July
10:00-11:15 Tutti rehearsal
11:30-13:00 Sectional rehearsals
14:00-17:00 Tutti rehearsal
Wednesday, 18 July
10:00-13:00 Tutti rehearsal
14:00-15:15 Tutti rehearsal
15:15-17:00 Flute rehearsals & tutti rehearsals
Thursday, 19 July
10:00-13:00 Tutti rehearsal
14:00-17:00 Tutti rehearsal
Friday, 20 July
9:30-11:00 Bus to concert venue
11:00-14:00 Dress Rehearsal
16:00-17:30 Concert – Castletown House, Celbridge
Saturday, 21 July
12:00-15:00 Dress Rehearsal
17:00-18:30 Concert – St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street