2021

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LA DONNA BAROCCA: Third Edition

MARCH 8th for Finding a Voice, Clonmel

Violin Claire Duff | Harpsichord Malcolm Proud

Works by Isabella Leonarda and Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre for violin and harpsichord

 

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RIAM PHILHARMONIA

MARCH 12th, broadcast from the Windmill Quarter, Dublin

Directed by Peter Whelan with Claire Duff, Aliye Cornish, Aoife Nic Athlaoich & Darren Moore

 

Van Maldere 'Dublin' Sinfonia in G

Mozart Symphony No.40 in G minor

Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges Overture L'Amant Anonyme

Mozart Divertimento No.5 in C major K187

Photo: Chris Dowdall

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'The Trials of Tenducci' for Culture Ireland 'SEODA' Festival 

March 17th

 

Release of a short film celebrating the release of 'The Trials of Tenducci' through interviewes with Peter Whelan & Tara Erraught, interspersed with 'behind the scenes' footage from the recording sessions.

Photo of Tara Erraught by Mark Stedman

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MAKING THE PAST OUR PRESENT

May - June

 

A series of talks, presented in partnership with the National Concert Hall, Dublin, delivered by IBO musicians. Discover the series here

Photo of Aoife Nic Athlaoich by Miriam Kaczor

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WHEN DAVID HEARD

June 2nd, Broadcast from St Peter's Church, Drogheda 

with Sestina, directed by Mark Chambers

In a programme based around the almost unknown work Lacrime de Davide by Biagio Marini, this programme explores the nature of the lament of King David for his son Jonathan, using a new performing edition produced by Mark Chambers.

This rarely heard work is paired with well-known choral settings of ‘When David heard that Absalon was slain’ by Weelkes and Ramsey, written as an outpouring of grief for the death of Prince Henry in 1612.

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REJOICE! MUSIC TO LIFT THE SPIRIT

June 10th, National Concert Hall, Dublin

Directed by Peter Whelan with Aisling Kenny (soprano), Miriam Kaczor (flute) and Darren Moore (trumpet)

Bach Cantata BWV 82a, 'Ich habe genug' | Handel Sonata, HWV 399 | Bach Cantata BWV 51, 'Jauchzet Gott' 

In this programme the IBO is joined by soprano Aisling Kenny to showcase the huge breadth of Bach’s genius even when using economical forces - two Cantatas for solo soprano and orchestra which explore the polar extremes of the human condition. Cantata 82a, ‘Ich habe genug’ (in the rarely heard version for soprano and solo flute) is an exquisite meditation on earthly suffering and a longing for the release of the afterlife whereas Cantata BWV 51, ‘Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen’, is a joyous affirmation of life with its celebratory Alleluias for solo trumpet and voice. 

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DUBLIN HANDELFEST

August 20th - 22nd

Presented in partnership with the OPW, with support from Goethe-Institut, the CAF American Donor Fund & RTE Supporting the Arts

In this inaugural festival the IBO present Handel's 'Acis & Galatea' from St Patrick's Hall at Dublin Castle. The Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra (directed by Claire Duff) and Ensemble Iverni present a short young artists' showcase, and Malcolm Proud presents a harpscihrod recital filmed at the Chapel Royal in Dublin Castle, placing Handel among his contemporaries. A digital walking tour led by Peter Whelan takes viewers through Handel's Dublin as he might have known it. 

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LOVE'S FIRE; LOVE'S ASHES

OCTOBER 22nd, 7.30pm, St Ann's Dawson Street, Dublin

with Sestina, directed by Nicholas Mulroy

 

Immersed in the music of his teachers, Monteverdi concludes that harmonic beauty and proportion are not faithful mirrors of the richness (and messiness) of  human experience, and - in his settings of poems of love, loss, anger, desolation, lust - gives us electrifying and exquisite depictions of the beauty and pain of what it is to be most intensely alive. 

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RIAM PHILHARMONIA

OCTOBER 29th, 7.00pm, DCU All Hallows Chapel, Dublin

Director Christian Curnyn | Violin Claire Duff, Cello Aoife Nic Athlaoich, Horn Anneke Scott.

 

The spirited members of the RIAM Philharmonia welcome conductor Christian Curnyn and members of the IBO for a truly collaborative side-by-side project. Featuring a charming suite of dances and airs from Rameau’s last opera, Les Boréades, alongside Haydn’s final symphony (Symphony No 104), the crowning achievement of the composer’s output.   

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JS BACH: THE COMPLETE BRANDENBURG CONCERTOS 

NOVEMBER 14th, 8.00pm, National Concert Hall, Dublin

Director Peter Whelan | Soloists to include Kati Debretzeni (violin), Miriam Kaczor (flute), Anneke Scott & Joe Walters (horns), Darren Cornish Moore (trumpet), Tabea Debus (recorder), Pablo de Pedro & Oliver Wilson (violas)

Two anniversaries align in 2021: the IBO turns 25 as we mark 300 years since the publication of the Brandenburg Concertos. These masterpieces of the Baroque canon will be explored in this special performance, directed by Peter Whelan.

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THE BRIGHT SERAPHIM

NOVEMBER 20th, 7.30pm, St Mary's Church of Ireland, Ardee

NOVEMBER 21st, 4pm, St Mary's Church of Ireland, Ardee

Director Peter Whelan | Soprano Aisling Kenny, Violin Kinga Ujszaszi & Trumpet Darren Cornish Moore

The IBO returns to the Ardee Baroque Festival in 2021 with two celebratory programmes. 'The Bright Seraphim' features arias for soprano and trumpet including Handel's 'Let the Bright Seraphim' & 'Eternal Source of Light Divine', with Bach's Cantata BWV 51 'Jauchzet Gott, in allen Landen'. The closing concert features Aisling Kenny and Peter Whelan with violinist Kinga Ujszaszi for a programme centred around Handel's German arias. 

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'MESSIAH'

DECEMBER 2nd, 7.30pm, National Opera House, Wexford 

DECEMBER 3rd, 7.45pm, St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin (live-stream plus live audience)

DECEMBER 4th, 8pm, St John the Evangelist, Kilkenny 

Director Peter Whelan, with Chamber Choir Ireland (solos taken by members of the choir)

 

Themes of comfort, hope and joy run through this epic work; one of Handel's most popular which famously received its première in Dublin in 1742. For these performances the IBO partners with Chamber Choir Ireland to tell this wonderful story, under the direction of Peter Whelan.