The year 2020 was extraordinary by any standards, presenting exceptional challenges to the arts sector in Ireland within a context of greater difficulties on a global level. The hardship of the pandemic was felt especially keenly by individual musicians and their families. It is a mark of the resilience of our organisation and its management, the creative energy of our Artistic Director, and the dedication of our musicians that the IBO was able to deliver a regular series of high-level artistic programming throughout 2020. This provided much-needed opportunities for IBO’s loyal audiences to engage with the orchestra’s creative output.

The IBO can celebrate many excellent developments and initiatives during this period, which allow us to look to the future with justifiable confidence.

Click below to explore 'Chair's Report 2020', from IBO Chair Peter Crooks.