Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra to Perform Free Concert at the Launch of the Ardee Baroque Festival
‘Baroque Dances: From the Sublime to the Bizarre’
Friday, 26 July 2019 at 7.30pm – Townley Hall, Slane Road, Drogheda, County Louth.
Fourteen of Ireland’s finest young string, wind, and harpsichord musicians have been selected to play in this year’s Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra – a week-long music course where young musicians with a penchant for historical performance practice can hone their talents under the guidance of artistic director Claire Duff and other baroque specialists from the Irish Baroque Orchestra. The ensemble this year will perform a free concert at the launch of the Ardee Baroque Festival in Townley Hall, County Louth at 7.30pm on Friday, 26 July.
The programme for the 2019 concert series focuses on baroque dance music, in all its wondrous forms and guises and will include Corelli’s Concerto Grosso in F major, Handel’s Passacaille in G major and Ouverture ‘La Bizarre’ in G major by Georg Philipp Telemann. During the course, the orchestra members will be participating in baroque dance workshops led by baroque dance specialist, Mary Collins. Together, they will explore how it feels to dance these dances, what meaning the dances had in the 18th century and how a fresh approach and newly acquired knowledge brings inspiration to their performance of this sublime music.
Claire Duff, Leader of the Irish Baroque Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra said:
“I am delighted to be returning as the Artistic Director of the Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra. The orchestra brings together the top young musicians in the country who share a particular passion for baroque music. Each year, the course has a very special atmosphere of openness, creativity, exploration and fun. And it is quite remarkable the standard that is achieved after just one week of playing together. I am very much looking forward to this year’s experience.”
A number of young musicians with the Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra have been members since its inception in 2017 including violist Ilona Adams (21) from Dublin:
“The Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra creates an unparalleled experience for young musicians who have an interest in historically informed performance practice, where we get to perform with, and learn from, the most amazing and experienced professional musicians!”
The Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra began in 2017 as a collaboration between the Irish Baroque Orchestra and Irish Association of Youth Orchestras supported by the Royal Irish Academy of Music. The orchestra is aimed at advanced instrumental students between the ages of 18 and 24 with an interest in historically informed performance practice. The intention is for all participants to perform on period instruments provided by the Irish Baroque Orchestra, Irish Association of Youth Orchestras and other partners.
The 2019 edition of the Irish Youth Baroque Orchestras will consist of 14 players of stringed instruments, harpsichord, and baroque flute.
Admission to the concert is free however, tickets must be reserved by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org in advance as space is limited.
This performance is funded by the Arts Council.