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Vivaldi's 'BAJAZET'

with Irish National Opera | Peter Whelan

JANUARY 18th, 5pm, Solstice Arts Centre, Navan

JANUARY 20th, 5pm, St Fin Barre's Cathedral, Cork

JANUARY 22nd, 5pm, Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick

JANUARY 25th, 5pm, Town Hall Theatre, Galway

JANUARY 27th, 5pm, Aula Maxima, Maynooth

JANUARY 29th & 30th, 5pm, Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire

FEBRUARY 4, 5, 7, 9, 10 & 12, Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House, London


FEBRUARY 26th, 6.30pm, Broadcast on BBC Radio 3

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Sestina | Peter Whelan, Director

Bach's 'Mass in B Minor' is an extraordinary work, completed a year before Bach's death. The magnificence of this piece still shines brightly today, through both the serenity and deep contemplation of quieter moments juxtaposed with glorious celebration. The phenomenal voices of Sestina join with the IBO for this performance, with solos taken by members of the choir.

This performance takes place with the kind support of the CAF American Donor Fund and RTÉ Supporting the Arts 


APRIL 8th, 8pm, Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin

APRIL 9th, 7.30, St Nicholas' Collegiate Church, Galway


LA FOLLIA: Madness in Music

Alfredo Bernardini, Director & Oboe | Solo Violin Claire Duff

Supported by the Italian Institute of Culture, Dublin / Istituto di Cultura Italiano, Dublino

The Irish Baroque Orchestra welcomes regular guest and oboist extraordinaire Alfredo Bernardini with programme about madness in music based around the 'La Follia' variations of great Italian master and one-time Irish resident Francesco Geminiani.

Fux Concerto "Le dolcezze e l'amarezze della notte” | Vivaldi Violin Concert in D “L’inquietudine” | Telemann Concerto for Oboe in C minor | Zelenka Hypochondria à 7 concertanti | Keiser Sinfonia from "Der lächerliche Printz Jodelet” | Geminiani Concerto Grosso based on Corelli “La Folia” | Mozart Galimathias Musicum KV 32 (excerpts) 

APRIL 22nd, 7.30pm, The Concert Hall, Thomastown 

APRIL 23rd, 7.30pm, Monkstown Parish Church

APRIL 24th, 3pm, The Hawk's Well Theatre, Sligo




IBO Apprentices with Bojan Cicic, Director and Violin

The Varazdin Baroque Festival launch their 2022 programme, which this year takes Ireland as its theme. In this short programme, renowned Croatian violinist Bojan Cicic directs members of the IBO's Apprentice scheme in a programme of works by Stratico, Dubourg and Giordani.

MAY 31st, St Mary's Church, Haddington Road, Dublin, 6.30pm

Presented by the Concert Agency Varaždin and the Croatian Embassy in Ireland.


GLUCK: Orfeo e Euridice

CoisCéim Dance Theatre | Peter Whelan, Director

The Irish Baroque Orchestra embarks on a new partnership with Blackwater Valley Opera Festival in summer 2022, bringing Gluck's masterpiece opera 'Orfeo e Euridice' to Lismore Castle. Follow Orfeo's journey to find his beloved Euridice, brought to life by a team of superb soloists and the CoisCéim Dance Theatre company. 

JUNE 1st, 3rd, 4th & 5th, 8pm, Lismore Castle 

Presented in partnership with the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival.

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'HAPPY WE!': Works from Handel's 'Esther', 'Hercules' & 'Acis & Galatea'

Nuria Rial, soprano | Juan Sancho, tenor | Peter Whelan, Director

Under the artistic direction of Peter Whelan at the harpsichord, international performers; Nuria and Juan will sing arias and duets in an exciting Handel programme entitled, “Happy We!”.  The performance will draw its inspiration from Handel’s great works of ‘Esther’, ‘Hercules’ and ‘Acis & Galatea’. An evening of vocal fireworks and orchestral vibrancy that only Handel could write for awaits in the intimate setting of Dromore Yard. 

JUNE 6th, Dromore Yard, Co. Waterford

Presented in partnership with the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival.



Rachel Podger, Director & Violin | Claire Duff Violin | Kinga Ujszaszi Violin, Miriam Kaczor Flute | Leo Duarte Oboe | Malcolm Proud Harpsichord

Bach Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor, BWV 1043, Concerto for Harpsichord, Flute and Violin in A Minor, BWV 1044, Concerto for Violin and Oboe in D Minor, BWV 1060
Concerto for Three Violins in D Major, BWV 1064R

The Irish Baroque Orchestra joins forces with the distinguished violinist Rachel Podger for a feast of double and triple concerti by JS Bach including a favourite with audiences around the world, his wonderfully expressive “Double”.

JUNE 23rd, 8pm, National Concert Hall, Dublin

Presented with the NCH

JUNE 24th, 7.30pm, Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford

Presented with Music at Oxford. Supported by Culture Ireland. 

JUNE 26th, 7pm, Chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge

Presented with Cambridge Early Music. Supported by Culture Ireland 



Dublin HandelFest 2022 takes place between July 15 & 17 and full details can be found on the Dublin HandelFest website. Join us for three days of fantastic music, resonating with the buildings of Dublin Castle and the surrounding area! 

Dublin HandelFest 2022 is presented in partnership with the Office of Public Works. 

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Claire Duff, Director & Violin


Join IBO Leader Claire Duff and the talented emerging artists of the Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra 2022 as they showcase the work that they have produced on their summer course. 

JULY 22nd, 7.30pm, Townley Hall, Co. Louth 

Tickets free, from

JULY 23rd, 5pm, St Ann's Dawson St, Dublin.

Tickets €15 (€10 concessions) available on the door

Presented in partnership with the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras. 

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Tara Erraught, mezzo-soprano | Peter Whelan, director

The IBO reunite with Irish mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught following the huge success of 'The Trials of Tenducci' album launch in 2021. This is a rare chance to hear this glorious programme in full, comprising arias by J.C. Bach, Arne and Giordani plus Mozart's 'Exsultate Jubilate'. 

AUGUST 7th, 8pm, St Canice's Cathedral, Kilkenny

Presented in partnership with the Kilkenny Arts Festival. 

Book Tickets for 'The Trials of Tenducci'

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Soloists: Claire Duff & Kinga Ujszaszi (violin), Miriam Kaczor (flute) & Malcolm Proud (harpsichord)

Recorded at the National Concert Hall earlier this year, this is another chance to hear the IBO 's extraordinary performance of a largely unrehearsed programme, prepared 45 minutes before the concert due to circumstances beyond anyone's control! Includes Bach's Concerto for two violins in D minor, and Concerto for violin, flute and harpsichord alongside Geminiani's popular 'La Follia' Concerto Grosso Op.5 No.12.

SEPTEMBER 5th, 1pm-4pm, on RTÉ Lyric FM

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Tom Foster, Director | Katie Bray, Mezzo-Soprano

The IBO opens this year's Varaždin Baroque Evenings festival in Croatia, which this year takes Ireland as its theme.

Handel Concerto Grosso 'Alexander's Feast', Pasquali 'Overture in the Gran Festino', Giordani 'Caro Mio Ben', Vivaldi 'Dopo un Orrida' from Griselda, Gluck 'Che Faro Senza Euridice', Giordani 'Queen Mary's Lamentation', Vanhal Symphony in C major "Sinfonia Comista", Arne 'Water Parted from the Sea', Gluck 'Dance of the Furies' from Orfeo, Handel 'Ombra Mai Fu' from Xerxes, van Maldere Sinfonia in C major. 

SEPTEMBER 23rd, 8pm, Varaždin Cathedral, Croatia

Supported by Culture Ireland & the Varaždin Concert Agency

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Peter Whelan, Director | Sestina

Recorded at Christ Church Cathedral Dublin earlier this year, this broadcast offers audiences another chance to hear Bach's masterpiece in full, considered by many to be the summit of the European classical music tradition.

SEPTEMBER 24th, from 7pm, on RTÉ Lyric FM

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Claire Duff, Director | Kath Waters & Steve Player, Dancers

The IYBO travels to the Varaždin Baroque Evenings festival in Croatia, which this year takes Ireland as its theme.

Works by Lully, Handel and Geminiani transport the audience to court life in 18th century Dublin, with Baroque dancers accompanied by the lively forces of the Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra.

SEPTEMBER 30th, 8pm, Great Concert Hall, Croatian National Theatre, Croatia

Supported by Culture Ireland & the Varaždin Concert Agency

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Rachel Podger, Director


The IBO welcomes distinguished Baroque violinist Rachel Podger to present a programme from the Dresden court including Hasse Fuga & Grave, WF Bach Sinfonia in F and Suite in G minor. 

NOVEMBER 26th, 7.30pm, St Mary's Church, Ardee




Irish Heritage proudly presents its Christmas concert, with a performance by the IBO Apprentices, to include 'Rejoice Greatly' from Messiah, and 'Waft her Angels' from Jephtha, with Irish Heritage young artists. Hosted by BBC Radio 3 presenter Petroc Trelawney.


DECEMBER 9th, 7.30pm, St George's Hanover Sq, London

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Chamber Choir Ireland | Peter Whelan, Director

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.

DECEMBER 15th, 7.45pm, St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin

DECEMBER 16th, 7.30pm, National Opera House, Wexford 

DECEMBER 17th, 7.30pm, St Peter's CofI, Drogheda

DECEMBER 18th, 4pm, Church of the Assumption, Thomastown.

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