Peter Whelan commenced his role as Artistic Director of Irish Baroque Orchestra in January 2018.
Peter has been principal bassoonist of Irish Baroque Orchestra since 2002, and in recent years has gained an exceptional international reputation as a director and harpsichordist. Peter has a longstanding relationship with Irish Baroque Orchestra and will drive forward the orchestra’s creative strategy in their annual Concert Season in Ireland and their international tours and performances. Peter is a passionate musical educator, holding a number of professorships at leading UK Conservatories including Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Royal Northern College of Music. He will also be influential in developing the next generation of IBO players through their education and engagement initiatives.
In recent years Peter has been integral to the discovery and resurgence of 18th century Irish music and is passionate about reconnecting Irish audiences with their classical music past. He is working on projects to bring Ireland’s historical musical personalities and stories to contemporary Irish audiences.
Claire Duff is an eminent baroque violinist whose ‘stylish solo violin playing’ (Vickers, Gramophone) has been described as having ‘all the excitement of a high-wire act’, (M.Dervan, The Irish Times). In 2016 she was elected Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, London (ARAM), for her significant contribution to the music profession. Claire is leader of the Irish Baroque Orchestra with which she regularly performs as soloist and often as director, to critical acclaim. She is known for her interesting and exciting programming and performances, which sometimes include premieres of compositions composed for her. She performs throughout Europe as soloist and leader with Camerata Kilkenny. She has led Florilegium, I Fagiolini, English Touring Opera and The Kings Consort, and co-led the Academy of Ancient Music and The English Concert. Claire has an extensive discography, including a highly acclaimed CD of Bach’s Double Violin Concerto with Monica Huggett and IBO, a recording of Telemann’s concerto for two violins and bassoon, and most recently Telemann’s Gulliver Suite with Camerata Kilkenny. She is Artistic Director of the Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra and professor of baroque violin at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
Claire is the grateful recipient of Music Network’s Music Capital Scheme Award 2010 and a 2007 Arts Council of Ireland Bursary
Originally from the North East of England, Jordan won a 4 year scholarship to study at the Royal Northern College of Music, and graduated in 2012 with a first class bachelors degree. He studied viola with Simon Rowland-Jones and Ásdís Valdimarsdóttirr. On achieving his undergraduate degree, he was then awarded a scholarship to study Historical Performance at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and graduated with a distinction masters degree in 2014. He studied Baroque viola and viola d’amore with Jane Rogers and Margaret Faultless.
Jordan now enjoys a busy and varied freelance career in demand as a period instrument and modern viola player.
Jordan is regularly invited to play as guest Principal Viola with groups including the Academy of Ancient Music, Manchester Camerata, Florilegium, Ex Cathedra, and the Dunedin Consort. He continues freelancing with La Nuova Musica, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The King’s Consort, Classical Opera, The English Concert, Le Cercle de l’Harmonie, Les Passions de l’Ame, Early Opera Company and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
He has played in many of the world’s most notable concert venues, and tours extensively across Europe, the U.S and Asia.
Most recently he has performed as soloist playing his Wigmore Hall debut performing Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 with Jane Rogers and La Nuova Musica, along with a complete cycle concert tour of the Brandenburg Concerto’s, playing solo viola with Bojan Čičić and Florilegium.
Sarah McMahon is widely considered to be one of Ireland’s finest and most versatile young musicians. She began her cello studies with Nora Gilleece at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin in 1987. In 1995 she moved to London where she studied at the Royal Academy of Music with David Strange, Jenny Ward-Clarke and Colin Carr graduating in 2001 with a first class B Mus degree and Dip RAM.
Since then she has been much in demand as soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.K. and Ireland. She is a member of the Callino String Quartet with whom she has a busy performing schedule. They have toured widely throughout Europe, performing at many festivals and collaborating with diverse artists such as Barry Douglas, Edgar Meyer, rock band Arcade Fire and John Abercrombie. The Quartet has also worked closely with several composers including Vasks, Ali-Zadeh and Edgar Meyer on their new works for string quartet and in 2006 they released a critically acclaimed debut CD of music by Ian Wilson for the Riverrun label.
In addition to her commitments with the Quartet, Sarah takes a keen interest in historical performance and is the principal continuo cellist with the Irish Baroque Orchestra. She is also regularly invited to play guest principal cellist with the King’s Consort, English Concert, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Academy of Ancient Music.
Sarah is in increasing demand as soloist with recent concerto performances at St. John’s Smith Square, the Casa da Musica in Porto and the National Concert Hall in Dublin. She also appeared recently as concerto soloist with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and featured as soloist in a critically acclaimed disc for Hyperion of the Vivaldi Double Cello Concerto with Jonathan Cohen and the Kings Consort.
Sarah Halpin studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Duncan Mc Tier, Graham Mitchell and Robin McGee. After graduating she spent several years enjoying a busy career in London playing with ensembles ranging from period groups such as the Academy of Ancient Music and the Gabrielli Consort and Players to larger symphony orchestras such as the Philharmonia Orchestra. She always maintained a strong connection to the Irish music world and moved home in 2009 to pursue a masters degree at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama in double bass performance. She now performs predominantly with Irish groups. She is principal double bass of the Irish Baroque Orchestra and plays regularly with the RTE Symphony and Concert Orchestras and the Irish Chamber Orchestra.
A graduate of Trinity College Dublin Malcolm Proud studied harpsichord with Gustav Leonhardt at the Amsterdam Conservatory and in 1982 won the Edinburgh International Harpsichord Competition. Since then he has made recordings, performed with ensembles and given harpsichord and organ recitals throughout Ireland, U.K., Europe, North America and Japan. He has performed and recorded with leading period instrumental ensembles including John Eliot Gardiner’s English Baroque Soloists, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Academy of Ancient Music. He is also principal keyboard of the Irish Baroque Orchestra and organist and choirmaster at St. Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny.
In 1999 he co-founded the ensemble Camerata Kilkenny with the Swiss violinist Maya Homburger. Since then Camerata Kilkenny has recorded two critically acclaimed CDs and performed in France, Holland, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Estonia, Latvia and at all of Ireland’s major music festivals. In 2010 Malcolm Proud performed all six of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos with the English Baroque Soloists at the London Proms and at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival in Germany. Malcolm Proud has performed with leading baroque ensembles and soloists e.g. the Calmus Ensemble of Leipzig, Sébastien Marq (Les Arts Florissant), Wilbert Hazelzet (Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra), Dutch soprano Lenneke Ruiten, Pavlo & Lisa Beznosiuk and Richard Tunnicliffe. Malcolm Proud has recorded over 30 CDs on many different labels including Meridian, Hyperion, Maya Recordings, Virgin, Deutsche Grammophon, RCA, EMI and Soli Deo Gratia. His most recent recording of J.S. Bach’s Partitas for Maya Recordings has been critically acclaimed.
For further information see www.malcolmproud.ie
Malcolm is supported by Music Network’s Music Capital Scheme, funded by The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Music Network is funded by The Arts Council.
Andreas Helm studied recorder, oboe with Carin van Heerden at the Bruckner Konservatorium in Linz, where he completed his degree in 1999. Subsequently he studied baroque oboe with Alfredo Bernardini at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam graduating in 2002.
From 2001 to 2003 he was principal oboe and solo recorder player with the European Union Baroque Orchestra.
He is a member of the recorder trio Tricorders, the Rossi Piceno Baroque Ensemble and Schikaneders Jugend, a trio performing alpine folk music from around 1800s. In addition he plays both oboe and recorder with a large number of European orchestras including Wiener Akademie, L’Orfeo Barockorchester, Les Talens Lyriques, Freiburger Barockorchester, Concerto Köln and Concentus Musicus Wien and the Irish Baroque Orchestra.
He has toured extensively all over Europe, USA, Mexico, Singapore, South Africa and the Far East. He is the recipient of several international prizes and awards including the Bonporti Prize in Rovereto, Italy and the Gradus ad Parnassum award in Eisenstadt, Austria.
Andreas Helm teaches regularly at the Aestas Musica Summer School of Baroque Music in Varaždin, Croatia and at the Austrian Baroque Akademie in Gmunden.
He is professor of baroque oboe at the Musikuniversität in Graz and principal oboe of the Irish Baroque Orchestra.
‘In Anneke Scott we have a ”natural“ horn player in more ways than one. On an instrument which is perilous at the best of times her technique is such that one is aware only of intellect, musicianship and a glorious pallet of sound. It is a joy to work with her.’ (Pavlo Beznosiuk)
Anneke Scott began her studies at The Royal Academy of Music, London with Pip Eastop and Andrew Clark. She was subsequently awarded prestigious scholarships to further her studies in France (with Claude Maury) and Holland (with Teunis van der Zwart), where she concentrated on aspects of period horn playing.
Since her graduation from The Royal Academy of Music in 2000 she has been in demand with ensembles in the UK and continental Europe. She is principal horn of Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and The English Baroque Soloists, Harry Christopher’s The Orchestra of the Sixteen, Fabio Biondi’s Europa Galante, Irish Baroque Orchestra, Dunedin Consort and Players, The Kings Consort and Avison Ensemble as well as appearing regularly as a guest principal with orchestras and ensembles worldwide.
For many years she has had a keen interest in chamber music which led her to become a founder member of The Etesian Ensemble. Through this ensemble she met the fortepianist Kathryn Cok with whom she formed a duo specialising in Classical and Romantic repertoire for horn and fortepiano. Kathryn and Anneke were selected as two of Making Music’s Concert Promoters Network Artists for 2008–2009 and toured Holland in 2009 as part of the Organisatie Oudemuziek Netwerk. Their debut disc of virtuosic music for natural horn and fortepiano from early nineteenth-century Vienna was released in June 2011 by Challenge Classics. She is also a founder member ofensembleF2 with whom she performed the Mozart Horn Quintet at London’s Wigmore Hall in April 2009.
In 2005–2006 she undertook research at the University of Birmingham’s Centre for Early Music Performance, where she currently teaches period horns. As a result of this research she was interviewed in 2006 by BBC TV for the BBC2 series The People’s Museum discussing the Hofmaster horns housed atEdinburgh University. In 2005 she was invited by The Bate Collection, Oxford to perform in concert on one of their magnificent original Hofmaster horns dating from the mid 18th-centur. Since then Anneke has had an active working relationship with the collection which recently resulted in a CD featuring horn works from the late seventeenth through to the early twentieth century all performed on instruments from the collection.
In 2010 Anneke was awarded a Gerard Finzi Travel Scholarship to undertake research in Paris in preparation for her recording of the Jacques-François Gallay Douze Grands Caprices on natural horn release by Resonus Classics in October 2012. This was to form the first disc in a series of three, all featuring the works of Gallay. The second, with the natural horn ensemble Les Chevaliers de Saint Hubert, was released in 2013 with the third, featuring operatic fantasias with Steven Devine (piano) and Lucy Crowe (soprano) is due for release in early 2015.
Anneke’s activities are not confined to period performance. She has performed the music of Ligeti with The London Sinfonietta, and can be heard on two albums with The Nigel Waddington Big Band. In 2013 she recorded John Croft’s work …une autre voix qui chante… for solo hand-horn, a work written especially for her.
In 2007 Anneke was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, an honour awarded to past students of the Academy who have distinguished themselves in the music profession and made a significant contribution to their field.