The Irish Baroque Orchestra is an ensemble like no other. Under the artistic direction of Peter Whelan, scholarship and musical excellence converge in a unique way through the group’s work. Through this integration of research and practice the very idea of an orchestra is defined afresh, providing an unusual and enriching experience for today’s audiences. EXPLORE

Olivier Award Winners 2022


Praise for Vivaldi's 'Bajazet': a co-production with the Royal Opera House, London and Irish National Opera, presented in partnership with the Irish Baroque Orchestra (February 2022)

“Everything is considerably helped by the incisive sounds of the Irish Baroque, directed from the harpsichord by Peter Whelan – one of those magicians who seem able to exert total control using little more than enthusiasm and moving the tips of his ears” **** Geoff Brown, The Times

“Emotions ricochet and rebound, propelled by Peter Whelan who grooves and head-bangs and dances at the harpsichord, directing the 10-piece Irish Baroque Orchestra with electric effect.” **** Alexandra Coghlan, The i Paper


“Peter Whelan conducts with verve and the integration of the music with the action is given detailed attention, with plenty of comic and dramatic effect.” Katy Hayes, The Irish Independent

“there’s always Whelan’s phenomenally energetic direction of his players to watch – they’re the real stars of the evening.” David Nice, The Arts Desk