Irish Baroque Youth Orchestra Win Award at Varaždin Baroque Evenings

The Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra have won the Ivan Werner Award as part of Varaždin Baroque Evenings Festival in Croatia! The Ivan Werner Award celebrates the outstanding artistic achievements of young artists at the Varaždin Baroque Evenings Festival. The Award is given by the Croatian Musical Youth of Varaždin.

Read more about the award here. Find out more about the IYBO here.

The IYBO performed their ‘Dublin Gaieties’ programme, complete with Baroque dancers. This fascinating programme brought Dublin court music to life. Congratulations to these talented young musicians and to IYBO Artistic Director Claire Duff.

The performance brought together dancers Steve Player and Kath Waters with the emerging professionals of the IYBO in the gorgeous Great Concert Hall of the Croatian National Theatre. Dance formed an intrinsic part of social life at court in Dublin during the mid-1740s, where it was used not only for entertainment but for achieving and maintaining social status. The dancer was seen as a model of good breeding, graceful deportment and noble disposition. Aristocratic society revolved around the Viceregal Court at Dublin Castle. At the opening of the season, known as the Dublin Gaieties, entertainments began with a formal ball at the Castle in the presence of the Viceroy & Vicereine.

IYBO is a collaboration between IAYO & Irish Baroque Orchestra, with both organisations receiving core funding from the Arts Council.

This project was kindly supported by Culture Ireland.

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. 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.