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Irish Baroque Orchestra / An Hour of Pure Indulgence

The Irish Baroque Orchestra returns for its first concert of 2017. Directed by IBO leader, Claire Duff, the orchestra will perform an hour of exquisite Baroque music by Handel, Purcell and Vivaldi.

The IBO includes many of the finest early music players available today and on this occasion, audiences can look forward to Handel's Concerto Grossi, Purcell's Sonata in Four Parts, as well as his Suite no. 7 for harpsichord, performed by Malcolm Proud, and enjoy Vivaldi's Double Violin Concerto in A Minor. Indulgence for the ears, eyes and the soul!

Friday 17th February – Christ Church, Church Road, Bray - 7.30pm

Saturday 18th February – St. Ann's Church, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 – 5pm

Tickets (per concert): €20/€16 concession, €10 students, €5 children (under 12)

Tickets available from www.nch.ie or Tel 01-417 0000 (no booking fee) and also on the door.


Handel - Concerto Grosso Op.6 no.1 in G major 

Purcell - Sonata in 4 parts, no. 6 in G minor

Vivaldi - Violin concerto for two violins op.3 no.8 

Purcell - Suite no. 7 in D minor 

Handel - Concerto Grosso Op.6 no.11 in A major  

CLAIRE DUFF, Guest Director and Leader of IBO

Claire Duff is an eminent baroque violinist whose ‘stylish solo violin playing’ (Vickers, Gramophone) has been described as having ‘all the excitement of a high-wire act’, (M Dervan, The Irish Times). Claire has recently been elected Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, London (ARAM), which is awarded to former students who have made a notable contribution to the music profession.

Claire is leader of the Irish Baroque Orchestra with which she regularly performs as soloist to critical acclaim. She has led Florilegium, I Fagiolini, English Touring Opera, The Kings Consort, and Camerata Kilkenny. She has co-led the Academy of Ancient Music and played principal second with The English Concert. Claire has an extensive discography, including a highly acclaimed CD of Bach’s Double Violin Concerto with Monica Huggett and IBO and more recently, a recording of Telemann’s concerto for two violins and bassoon. Claire is passionate about music education and is teacher of baroque violin at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.