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2022 - Year in Review

2022 has been a fantastic year for Ireland’s time-travelling orchestra; the artistic quality of our work was recognised with a win at the prestigious Olivier Awards, our international profile expanded into new territory and we have enjoyed record levels of support.

There are several THANK YOUs that we want to say!


Thank you for a transformational year which included:

⭐️the award-winning Irish National Opera production of Vivaldi’s ‘Bajazet’ across Ireland and at the Royal Opera House, London

⭐️the release of ‘The Hibernian Muse’ at Dublin Castle for Dublin HandelFest 2022 - the third instalment in Peter Whelan and the IBO's Irish heritage recording cycle.

⭐️A fantastic London debut from our IBO Young Artists at Handel’s church, for the Irish Heritage Christmas Concert

⭐️working with 30 talented musicians as part of our Young Artist programming (and taking the Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra to Croatia!)

⭐️The revival of ‘The Trials of Tenducci’ with Tara Erraught, for Kilkenny Arts Festival

⭐️A UK tour of ‘Bach’s Doubles and Triples’, forging new relationships in Oxford and Cambridge

⭐️The launch of Behind the Brandenburgs - our new digital project exploring Bach's Brandenburg Concertos


⭐️You have attended and supported 45 performances, pop-ups and talks in 2022

⭐️We have reached more than 15 million engagements through worldwide radio broadcast, with a 490% increase in Spotify listeners

Thank you!


⭐️ An astonishing 67 subscriptions from our Friends and Patrons have underpinned our year, sitting at the heart of the IBO community

⭐️Arts Council Ireland supported us with our largest grant to date in 2022, as well as offering us a place on the RAISE Accelerate programme to capitalise on new development opportunities.

⭐️€35,000 of funding from Culture Ireland has been awarded to support our expanded programme of international performances in 2022 and 2023

Thank you!


⭐️Winning the Olivier Award for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Opera’ with Peter Whelan for our work on Irish National Opera’s ‘Bajazet’

⭐️Winning the Jeunesses Musicales Varazdin Award for the Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra’s performance at Varazdin Baroque Evenings, directed by Claire Duff


Our artistic partnerships allow our artists to flourish, and this year has seen a number of high-profile projects delivered in partnership with:

Irish National Opera, Irish Association of Youth Orchestras, Sestina, Chamber Choir Ireland, National Concert Hall, Royal Irish Academy of Music, Blackwater Valley Opera Festival

Plus all of our collaborators nationally and internationally

Thank you!

Praise for 'The Hibernian Muse - Music for Ireland by Purcell & Cousser' Released on Linn Records, July 2022 ​ “Everything is well-cast; characterful playing and a nicely focussed recording” Record Review, BBC Radio 3 “Their skill and vigour, with lively singing from Sestina and soloists, shines out here in music by Henry Purcell and the Hungarian composer Johann Sigismund Cousser” Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian ​ “Whelan and his team give it all its worth” ★★★★ Michael Dervan, The Irish Times ​ "The appointment of Peter Whelan as music director in 2018 has propelled the Irish Baroque Orchestra into an exhilarating new era” Alexandra Coghlan, Gramophone

Donate here to support the IBO's 2023 season.


Peter Whelan and Irish actress Fiona Shaw at the Olivier Award // Royal Albert Hall, London, April 2022

'The Hibernian Muse - Works for Ireland by Cousser and Purcell' // released July 2022

Niamh O'Sullivan and Gianluca Margheri in Irish National Opera's production of Vivaldi's 'Bajazet' // February 2022 (Credit: Kip Carroll)

IBO Young Artists (Jenna Raggett, Rachael Masterson, Martha Campbell, Jake Ryan and Ellen Bolger) at the Irish Heritage Christmas Concert at Handel's Church in London. Pictured with Ireland's Ambassador to the UK, Martin Fraser, Presenter Petroc Trelawny, IBO CEO Aliye Cornish Moore and Orchestra Manager Doireann Kelly // December 2022, Credit: Malcolm McNally

Tara Erraught and Peter Whelan celebrate Giusto Tenducci // Credit: Mark Stedman

The IBO rehearses in Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge, UK // June 2022, Credit: Andrew Wilkre!

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