IYBO 2021

Online Course: Introduction to Performing Baroque Music | Sunday, 7 November 2021

Join the Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra’s Artistic Team for an online one-day course Introduction to Performing Baroque Music on Sunday, 7 November from 10am – 4:30pm.

This course is open to young musicians, aged 15 – 18, who wish to know more about historically informed performance and have an interest in performing Baroque music.

The day will consist of workshops, lectures and masterclasses with tutors from the Irish Baroque Orchestra including Claire Duff (Leader of the Irish Baroque Orchestra), Malcolm Proud (Harpsichord) and Sarah McMahon (Cello).

Selected participants may be given the opportunity to perform and be given a brief masterclass during the workshops. Applicants for this can apply to perform any baroque piece on any instrument and must have a minimum of Grade 5 (or equivalent) standard.

Apply now.

Closing date for applications is Friday, 29 October 2021.

There is a fee of €40 to participate in the course.

Before the course, there will be some preparatory materials to watch on YouTube including some items from Irish Baroque Orchestra’s series Meet the Instruments and videos of baroque orchestral performances.

The Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra is a collaboration between the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras and the Irish Baroque Orchestra, funded by The Arts Council.

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.

Course outline for IYBO Online Course: Introduction to Performing Baroque Music | Sunday, 7 November 2021

10am – 11am

Lecture & Discussion

Baroque Music and Historically Informed Performance with Claire Duff

  • A brief introduction to the Baroque era and the concept of historically informed performance;
  • The baroque violin and bow;
  • Comparing different recordings of Bach – modern v. historically informed performance version of Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 2.

11:30am – 12:30pm

Workshop / Masterclass

The Art of the Bow with Claire Duff

Workshop:

  • all string players participate in ‘speaking with the bow’ exercises / games;
  • all string players participate in trying a Messa di Voce (Tartini’s letter);
  • all string players participate in bow yoga & inégale exercises;

Masterclass:

  • select participants perform and are given a brief masterclass.

12:30pm – 2pm

 – Lunch break –

2pm – 3pm

Lecture / Workshop / Masterclass

The Cello in Baroque Times with Sarah McMahon

Workshop:

  • the role of the baroque cello and the continuo section;
  • interactive demonstration;

Masterclass:

  • select participants perform and are given a brief masterclass.

3pm – 3:30pm

– Short break –

3:30pm – 4:30pm

Lecture / Workshop / Masterclass.

Keyboard Instruments in the Baroque Era with Malcolm Proud

Workshop:

  • Baroque keyboard instruments – an introduction to the harpsichord and organ;
  • Bach’s cantatas and cantata BWV 78.

Masterclass:

  • select participants perform and are given a brief masterclass.

Apply now.