Ireland’s critically acclaimed professional period instrument orchestra journeys through 18th century life in Ireland with music by Boyce, Purcell, Mudge, Kusser and Handel.
East Cork Early Music welcomes back the Irish Baroque Orchestra, which has been a cornerstone of each festival since the inaugural event in 2003. This year the orchestra, under conductor Christian Curnyn, present a programme titled Ireland 1750; with music by Handel, Boyce, Purcell and others this will provide an exciting look at the music of mid-eighteenth century Ireland.
The Irish Baroque Orchestra was established in 1996 and has worked with many of the world’s leading baroque performers and conductors. On previous visits to the East Cork Early Music Festival these have included Lucy van Dael, Elizabeth Wallfisch, Pamela Thorby, Emma Kirkby and Maya Homberger. These concerts have always been hugely popular with festival audiences and this year IBO will return to the Curtis Auditorium in Cork School of Music.
The concert will give music-lovers in Munster a rare opportunity to hear this talented group of musicians, playing either baroque instruments or replica copies. Exploring the stylistic practices and playing techniques of the eighteenth century, the performances of the IBO recreate the vivid colours and textures of the baroque sound world.
The IBO has released one CD, IBO Plays Bach in 2006 on the Lyric FM label.