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The Olivier Award-winning Irish Baroque Orchestra has become an Associate Ensemble at the National Concert Hall marking 10 years since its installation as a resident ensemble.

The IBO’s first performance as an Associate Ensemble takes place on May 13th, with a programme entitled ‘Emotional Motivations - from Buxtehude to Bach’. The IBO welcomes renowned director, organist and musicologist John Butt and star tenor Hugo Hymas for a programme exploring deep expression in the German Baroque. ‘Emotional Motivations’ transports and inspires audiences, to a place of deep and reflective calm.

Robert Read, CEO of the NCH commented: “The National Concert Hall is delighted to announce the Irish Baroque Orchestra as an NCH Associate Ensemble Partner. This enables our organisations to work closer together in increasing artistic and collaborative opportunities, to present the best in classical music to the widest possible audience”.

Speaking on the partnership, CEO Aliye Cornish Moore says

“The Associate Ensemble partnership is an exciting development with the National Concert Hall, falling in a year when we celebrate 10 years of residency within its walls. The IBO’s performance of the complete Brandenburg Concertos on the main stage in November 2021 was a moment of rebirth for the orchestra, as we marked our 25th anniversary and emerged from the pandemic. Since that moment the ensemble has won an Olivier Award and put Ireland’s cultural scene on the map internationally. We look forward to building on these high profile successes with future performances on the main stage of the National Concert Hall - our home”.

Explore the ‘Emotional Motivations’ Playlist:

Full Programme:

Muffat Sonata No. 2 from 'Armonico Tributo'

Buxtehude Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele (BuxWV 71), Hoffmann/Bach Meine Seele rühmt und preist (BWV 189), Buxtehude Quemadmodum Desiderat Cervus (BuxWV 92), Bach Ich Armer Mensch, Ich Sündenknecht (BWV 55)

Supported by RTE Supporting the Arts.

Irish Baroque Orchestra’s Spring/Summer Season 2023 is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon from whom the IBO receives principal funding.

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