Irish Baroque Orchestra

Irish Baroque Orchestra

Irish Baroque Orchestra

The Irish Baroque Orchestra (IBO) is acclaimed as Ireland’s flagship period music ensemble and delivers historically-informed performances to the highest standards at home and abroad.


    Under the artistic direction of Peter Whelan, the orchestra explores the playing techniques and performance styles of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and performs only on period instruments or modern replicas.

    The IBO’s championing of previously-unknown high-quality gems from eighteenth-century Ireland reveals music of exceptional quality. This artistic rehabilitation prompts deeper reflections on our social, political and cultural history. Now internationally regarded, IBO is changing the way that we listen to music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in Ireland. Even Handel’s Messiah – an annual touring highlight in the IBO calendar – is a rekindled link to Dublin’s cultural life in 1742.

    In 2019 the orchestra released Welcome Home, Mr Dubourg on Linn, as the first in a series of five releases with Peter Whelan at the helm seeking to tell the rich stories of Ireland’s Baroque era. The album has been profiled in The Irish Times and on BBC Radio 3 and has met with positive reviews across Europe. The IBO’s 2019 production of Vivaldi’s Griselda with Irish National Opera, directed by Tom Creed, was shortlisted for the Best Opera category in the 2020 Irish Times Theatre Awards.

    IBO is generously funded by The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon. It also receives financial support from Dublin City Council and is resident at the National Concert Hall, Dublin.