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The strategic plan 2021-2025 ‘Reimagining our Culture’ is currently taking the orchestra through a transformational period which sees a considerable scaling-up of its ambitions, leading to increased artistic and educational output. The plan seeks to secure a central place for historically-informed performance (HIP) within the classical music scene in Ireland. Having established itself nationally, development of its international profile will see the IBO taking its core Irish heritage programming to new audiences through performances at established, well-known festivals, concert series and venues. 

With this increased reach and expanded activity comes a need to examine the imprint that this leaves on our planet. We live in a time when we are conscious of finite resources and the dangers of irreversible climate change. The challenges of international touring ambitions for an orchestra based on an island are clear, and we have a responsibility to consider reframing our approach, recognising that the kindest solutions for our planet may mean a change to the pace of touring. The solutions that we identify may come with a higher level of financial investment. 

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