Inspiring Bach

Inspiring Bach

Claire Duff - baroque violin | Benjamin Alard - harpsichord

Tour Dates

Sat 16 Feb, 8pm St. Finian's Church, 23 Adelaide Road, Dublin 2 Book Tickets
Sun 17 Feb, 8pm Birr Theatre & Arts Centre Book Tickets
Tues 19 Feb, 8pm Station House Theatre, Clifden Book Tickets
Wed 20 Feb, 8pm Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire Book Tickets
Thurs 21 Feb, 7.30pm The Large Room, City Hall, Waterford Book Tickets
Fri 22 Feb, 8pm St. John's Theatre & Arts Centre, Listowel Book Tickets

Irish violinist Claire Duff’s playing has been described as “full of fire, flair and brilliance". For this tour, she is joined for the very first time by the dazzling young French harpsichordist Benjamin Alard, diving deep into Bach’s powerful musical meditations on suffering, loss – and redemption. There’s never been a better time to rediscover the aching beauty of the ultimate composer.

Both are renowned for their performances of baroque repertoire, in particular Bach. Duff is leader of the Irish Baroque Orchestra and performs throughout Europe as a soloist and ensemble player. She has led Florilegium, I Fagiolini, English Touring Opera and The Kings Consort, and co-led the Academy of Ancient Music and The English Concert.

As a recitalist on both harpsichord and organ, Benjamin Alard has performed in festivals and venues around the world. A member of baroque orchestra La Petite Bande, he also performs chamber music with violinist François Fernandez and in a harpsichord duo with Élisabeth Joyé. Organist at Saint-Louis-en-l’Île in Paris, he oversees an annual series of keyboard concerts dedicated to the music of J.S. Bach.

Audiences will hear a new work by Irish composer Jane O’Leary, commissioned by Music Network, which offers a contemporary reflection on the resonances of Bach.


Claire Duff, baroque violin
Benjamin Alard, harpsichord

Sat 16 Feb St. Finian's Church, 23 Adelaide Road, Dublin 2 8pm , €20 / €15 / €10 01-4750224 Music Network
Sun 17 Feb Birr Theatre & Arts Centre 8pm , €18 / €16 / €10 (under 13) 057-9122911
Tues 19 Feb Station House Theatre, Clifden 8pm , €15 / €12 (on the door) 095-21699 Clifden Arts Society
Wed 20 Feb Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire 8pm , €20 / €18 / €10 01-2312929
Thurs 21 Feb The Large Room, City Hall, Waterford 7.30pm , €17 / €15 (conc.) / €5 (students), on the door Waterford Music
Fri 22 Feb St. John's Theatre & Arts Centre, Listowel 8pm , €15 / €12 068-22566

Archangelo Corelli (1653-1713), Sonata No. 5 in G Minor
J.S. Bach (1685-1750), Adagio in G Major, BWV 968
J.S. Bach (1685-1750), Fugue in B Minor, BWV 579 on a theme by Corelli
J.S. Bach (1685-1750), Sonata for violin and basso continuo in G Major, BWV 1021
J.S. Bach (1685-1750), Sonata No. 4 in C Minor for violin and harpsichord, BWV 1017 
J.S. Bach (1685-1750), “Italian concerto”, BWV 971
Jane O’Leary (b. 1946), Fantasia (homage to J.S. Bach) for Baroque violin and harpsichord, New Music Network Commission
J.S. Bach (1685-1750), Sonata No. 6 in G Major for violin and harpsichord, BWV 1019

Clare Duff performing Violin Sonata No.1 in G minor, BWV 1001, Adagio by Bach

Benjamin Alard performing Two Part Inventions, BWV 772-786 by Bach

"All the excitement of a high-wire act"

- The Irish Times [on Duff]

"Alard’s playing is a delight with striking agogic expressive power"

- Gramophone

"Stylish solo violin playing"

- Gramophone [on Duff]

"He brings both decorum and brilliance to the Italian Variations"

- BBC Music Magazine [on Alard]