Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra

The Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra is aimed at advanced instrumental students between the ages of 18 and 24 with an interest in historically informed performance. (Exceptional players outside of the age range may be considered.)

The Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra is a partnership between the Irish Baroque Orchestra and the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras.

We are delighted to announce the details of the Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra for 2024.

  • IYBO Performance Course | 15 – 20 July 2024 | This course will be a performance course held in Dublin with concerts in Waterford and Dublin.

Tickets are now on sale for the Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra concert at Waterford City Hall on Friday, 19 July in association with Waterford Symphony Club. Tickets are available via

IYBO are also performing in Dublin Castle as part of Dublin HandelFest on Saturday, 20 July, tickets will go on sale later in May.

There will be an online course “Introduction to Historically Informed Performance” from 6 –7 July 2024. Learn more about the IYBO “Historically Informed Performance Online” Course 2024 here.

Claire Duff

I am very excited about IYBO 2024! For this year’s Performance Course in July, we will be joined by natural horns and trumpets. This is the first time we will have brass instruments joining us. It will be our biggest IYBO orchestra ever and we have planned an ambitious and exciting programme. We have two concerts planned for the end of the week, in beautiful and prestigious venues in Waterford and Dublin. The course is packed full with fun and inspiring baroque dance sessions, engaging and stimulating rehearsals and relaxing Feldenkrais sessions. There is an intense amount of learning in just a few days and the level of improvement from the first day to the two concerts at the end of the week is always quite amazing.

In September 2022, IYBO gave a concert at Varaždin Baroque Evenings, Croatia. The concert, complete with baroque dancers, was a huge success and IYBO was awarded the Ivan Werner Award for its performance. I am very proud of what the IYBO musicians achieve each year and I am really looking forward to meeting and working with the musicians who will form IYBO 2024.

In July 2024, we will also be offering a short online weekend course which serves as an introduction to historically informed performance. Anyone interested in learning more about performing baroque music is very welcome.

Claire Duff
Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra