2017 Orchestra

4th July – 9th July 2017

Royal Irish Academy of Music

The first edition of the Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra will take place in Dublin in the first week of July with concerts in Dublin, Kilkenny and one other venue (tbc). 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 2017, the orchestra will consist of between 13 and 16 players of stringed instruments, continuo with the potential addition of flutes as solo and ensemble instruments.


Possible repertoire to be explored in 2017:

Corelli Concerto Grosso

Vivaldi Double Violin Concerto

Handel Concerto Grosso

Muffatt Armonico Tributo

Van Wassanaer 4 violins

Telemann Suite

Brandenburg No.1

Sinfonia to Bach Cantata

Purcell Suite

Biber ‘Battalia’

Rebel ‘Les elemens’ and ‘Les characters de la dance’

There will be two or three public performances: one in a Dublin venue and one or two outside of Dublin. The final course dates are subject to the confirmation of concert dates and venues.

Sample Timetable

The timetable below is based on a six-day rehearsal and performance schedule. In the case that the third concert is realised, the course will start on Monday 3rd July.

Tuesday 4th July
10:30 -1:30 Dance Workshop
2:30-5.30 Rehearsal
Wednesday 5th July
10:30 -1:30 Rehearsal
2:30-5.30 Rehearsal
Thursday 6th July
10:30 -1:30 Rehearsal
2:30-5.30 Chamber Music coaching / Masterclass / group lessons on instruments / more dance
Friday 7th July
10:30-1:30 Rehearsal
2:30-5:30 Rehearsal
Saturday 8th July
11:00 Bus departure
2:30-5.30 Dress rehearsal
7.00pm Concert, Kilkenny
Sunday 9th July
11-2pm Dress Rehearsal
3pm Concert, Dublin