Entries by Peter Whelan

Irish Times Review of The Proud Bassoon

It was Johann Mattheson who referred to “the proud bassoon” as long ago as 1713. The baroque bassoon is a kind of dancing bear, one gifted with the stamina and skill to achieve Riverdance-like energy levels, but also with a penchant for melancholy and mournfulness.

Peter Whelan Interview with GoldenPlec

One of the most engaging of the current generation of Irish early-music players, Peter Whelan returns to Dublin in June with his Edinburgh-based group Ensemble Marsyas. Principal bassoonist with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra since 2008, he is familiar to Dublin audiences from his work with the Irish Baroque Orchestra. Also in demand as both a […]

Peter Whelan Interview with Kate Molleson (The Herald, 2014)

The Proud Bassoon. That’s the name of a new album of baroque chamber music from the Irish bassoonist Peter Whelan and Ensemble Marsyas. There is no exclamation mark, no hint of irony. The cover art shows an elegant 18th century chap holding an elegant 18th century wooden instrument. The text is in unapologetic lime green. […]