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Coffee Morning

For Friends and Patrons of the Irish Baroque Orchestra

OCTOBER 4th, 10am, IBO HQ at the National Concert Hall, Dublin 

Come behind the scenes at IBO HQ for an informal caffeinated gathering at the IBO Offices in the National Concert Hall!


The IBO Offices tell a story of their own about the day to day workings of the orchestra away from the concert platform. The poster archive is on display, going back for a number of years! Perhaps you remember some of the concerts from our early days? 

This event is free to attend for IBO Friends and Patrons, but it is ticketed. Please contact for more information. 

We look forward to having you with us! 

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'Geminiani in Ardee'

Director Peter Whelan

Corelli Concerto Grosso Op.6 No. 4 in D major | Platti Concerto Grosso No. 10 in F 

Geminiani Concerto Grosso Op.3 No. 3 | Pachelbel Canon and Gigue 

Handel Sonata a 5 HWV 288 | Vivaldi L'Estro Armonico No.8 in A minor

Geminiani Concerto Grosso Op.5 No.12 'La Follia'

NOVEMBER 25th, 7.30pm, St Mary's Church Ardee

Presented in partnership with the Ardee Baroque Festival 

Dublin in the 1750s was a musical melting pot, attracting musicians of the highest calibre from all over Europe, many of whom were virtuoso Italians. One such virtuoso, Francesco Geminiani, settled in the city, and regularly frequented his Irish patron in Cootehill, Co. Cavan. Legend has it that on one occasion Geminiani undertook the journey by foot, perhaps passing through Co. Louth on the way. 


'Geminiani in Ardee' represents the vibrant Italian sound world that was fashionable with Dublin audiences at the time, and revives it in the place where Geminiani's own feet may have walked, nearly 300 years ago. 

St Mary's Church is fully-accessible for wheelchair users. Contact for assistance with access. 

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Handel's 'Messiah'

Director Peter Whelan | Chamber Choir Ireland

Solos to be taken by members of the choir 

DECEMBER 1st, 7.45pm St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin | Book Tickets

DECEMBER 2nd, 7.30pm National Opera House, Wexford | Book Tickets

Presented in partnership with the National Opera House, Wexford

Hailed as a master of sacred and secular music, Handel's talent of composing for voice and instrument shines through in Messiah, which Irish audiences first took to their hearts in 1742. This production is led by Peter Whelan, Artistic Director of IBO, with step-out solos from the singers of Chamber Choir Ireland.


Through a dramatic series of arias, recitatives, and choruses, Messiah tells the universal story of triumph over trial, where life’s sorrows and despairs are met with overriding hope and unbridled joy. It is Handel at his most brilliant, in a well-paced blend of aria and chorus to perfectly match the arc of the Christian story.

As one of the greatest oratorios ever written, Handel's Messiah has never waned in popular and critical appeal, and is as timeless today as it was when it premiered in Dublin in 1742. Join us for this special performance, and start the festive season in style!

Both venues are fully-accessible for wheelchair users. 

The Irish Baroque Orchestra's Autumn/Winter season 2023 is supported by Arts Council Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon from whom the IBO receives principal funding. 

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