Artistic Director of Ireland's flagship period music ensemble the Irish Baroque Orchestra, Peter Whelan is one of the most exciting and versatile exponents of historical performance of his generation.

He has established a remarkable career as a conductor, keyboardist and solo bassoonist and has a particular passion for exploring and championing neglected music from the baroque era.

For his upcoming concert with the Irish Baroque Orchestra at the National Concert Hall he will be leading the orchestra in a unique and rarely heard performance of all six of Bach's well-known and much-loved Brandenburg Concertos, in this the 300th anniversary of Bach's works. The concert also sees the orchestra mark their own 25th anniversary making this a momentous occasion indeed.

Ahead of the concert, we asked Peter for his choice cultural picks...

FILM

I was in Prague a few weeks back, and played a gig in a beautiful room that was used for one of the scenes from the screen version of Peter Shaffer's play Amadeus. This spurred me on to re-watch the film for the umpteenth time. Even if it's not a particularly accurate portrayal of Mozart (or poor Salieri), it's a beautiful exploration of the nature of genius and envy - and there are some great music scenes.

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MUSIC

I'm obsessed with Cory Henry's touching memorial tribute to fellow musician Melvin Crispell. This is an improvisation that speaks directly to its audience and I love looking at the reaction of the people in the congregation. And the way he leaves it unfinished at the end - heartbreaking.

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BOOK

A Dictionary of Hiberno-English by Terence Patrick Dolan (with a forward by Blindboy). This book is currently blowing my mind. It documents Ireland's unique dialect of the English language, often dating back hundreds of years. Bockety, fooster, hames, sliced pan, banjaxed, gurrier and wet the tea, are some of my favourites.

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TV

I was delighted when the complete Golden Girls became available on Disney+. Perfect nostalgia. And that theme tune!

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GIG

I'm dying to see David O'Doherty's show at the Sugar Club in December. I thought his Lockdown Special from Achill Island was top shelf and super-relatable. Especially since I also started my musical career on a Casio keyboard very similar to his. Also, his father wrote the music to Wanderly Wagon.

ART

I loved Colm Mac Athlaoich's Percept/Logos exhibition at Hang Tough Contemporary on Coppinger Row, Dublin last Summer. I was lucky enough to get a couple of his pieces early on and he also designed some of my CD covers. It's great to see him go from strength to strength with shows across Europe.

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RADIO/PODCAST

I was heartbroken when Graham and Nathan's Little Big Podcast ground to a halt recently. This dynamic duo from Spin1038 really helped me through the past couple of years. Perhaps they are most famous for their interview with Matt Damon, but for me, they were at their best when discussing the perils of the swimming lanes at the Swan Leisure Centre in Rathmines.

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THE NEXT BIG THING...

I feel that the future belongs to breakout comedians Shane Daniel Byrne, Killian Sundermann and Tony Cantwell (aka the Young Hot Guyz). Check out their charity calendar here.

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Artistic Director Peter Whelan leads the Irish Baroque Orchestra (IBO) and guests in a rare performance of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos I-VI celebrating the 300th anniversary of the concertos and 25th anniversary of the IBO at the National Concert Hall on Sunday 14th November at 8 pm - find out more here.