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As part of its ongoing commitment to social engagement and educational outreach, the Music Department of Trinity College Dublin offers a series of lectures and recitals. These events are possible thanks to collaboration with the Royal Irish Academy of Music and the department’s own Music Composition Centre. All upcoming events are listed on the Department of Music News and Events page and past events are listed in the Archives.

Upcoming events
Mornington Singers concert directed by Dr Orla Flanagan on Saturday 18th November at 8pm in Trinity College Chapel
Enescu international chamber music festival opening night
Enescu international chamber music festival performance TWO 2 TANGO: Accordion & Cello

Lectures
Visiting speakers address a variety of topics relating to musicology, composition, performance, music technology, and the recording industry. Events are free and open to the public and to all students. 

Music Composition Centre Lectures

Date:

Wednesday 6 December 18:00hrs

Title:

The Art of Invisibility

Speaker:

John Godfrey (UCC)

Venue:

Boydell Recital Room, Department of Music, House 5

Description:

John Godfrey is Head of the Music Department, UCC, a performer and a composer. Godfrey is a co-founder of Icebreaker and founder member of Crash Ensemble; in 2008 he created Quiet Music Ensemble. His work has received worldwide exposure through performances, radio broadcasts and many CDs.
   

Date:

Wednesday 29 November 18:00hrs

Title:

Masterclass in contemporary clarinet techniques

Speaker:

Paul Roe

Venue:

Boydell Recital Room, Department of Music, House 5

Description:

Paul Roe is an internationally renowned contemporary musician who approaches performance, teaching and composition as integrated activities that benefit from co-active and collaborative approaches. He is also a presence-based developmental coach, working with leaders and artists.
   

Date:

Wednesday 15 November 18:00hrs

Title:

Electronic opera and after

Speaker:

Roger Doyle

Venue:

Boydell Recital Room, Department of Music, House 5

Description:

Roger Doyle plans to play examples from his opera Heresy with introductions and explanations and then will finish with new pieces based on those examples, fed into a Logic sampler which frangmented the audio files at transient points, placing those tiny samples across a midi keyboard, making new pieces from old.
   

Date:

Wednesday 1 November 18:00hrs

Title:

Masterclass in contemporary flute techniques

Speaker:

William Dowdall

Venue:

Boydell Recital Room, Department of Music, House 5

Description:

This lecture covers the development of Contemporary Flute Music from Debussy to Rigaki. Also including music by Koechlin, Varese, Fukushima, Takemitsu, Buckley, Wilson and Carlisle.
   

Date:

Wednesday 25 October 18:00hrs

Title:

Voice, Text, Theatre: towards a new monodrama

Speaker:

Dr Robert Fokkens, Cardiff University

Venue:

Boydell Recital Room, Department of Music, House 5

Description:

In starting to develop a new monodrama for baritone and small ensemble, Dr Fokkens has been returning to his previous research into opera and theatre to explore both the challenges and the theatrical and musical potential of a single vocal performer. In this seminar he will discuss his own work in song, opera and theatre, explore theoretical and creative influences on his thinking for this project, and consider some dramaturgical issues and possibilities of the medium.
Robert Fokkens is a South African composer based in the UK. His music has been performed in many major venues in the UK (including the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and Royal Festival Hall), South Africa, Australia, the USA, Japan, and across Europe; and broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio, Swedish Radio P2 and various South African radio stations.
   

Date:

Wednesday 18 October 18:00hrs

Title:

Masterclass - voice

Speaker:

Elizabeth Hilliard

Venue:

Boydell Recital Room, Department of Music, House 5

Description:

Elizabeth Hilliard is a soprano from Dublin. She sings a wide range of repertoire, bringing a dramatic quality and emotional intensity to her performances. She combines pinpoint accuracy and razorsharp musicianship with her passion and relish for performing music by living composers.
   

Date:

Wednesday 11 October 18:00hrs

Title:

The European agenda for music: the sector speaks

Speaker:

Deborah Kelleher, Director of the Royal Irish Academy of Music

Venue:

Trinity Long Room Hub Arts & Humanities Institute

Description:

The idea for a European Agenda for Music (EAM) emerged from discussions amongst the European Music Council in 2012 about the future of music in Europe. Since then, the European Music Council has brought together representatives from music higher education institutions and universities, specialist music and general schools, the music industry and civil society organisations related to music. The aim of the final document (to be launched in Spring 2018) is for the sector to put forward, with one voice, its own priorities which will improve the situation of music in Europe in the coming decades.
Deborah Kelleher, Director of the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM), has contributed to the evolution of the European Agenda for Music through her role as a Vice-President of the Association of European Conservatoires (AEC). In this lecture, Deborah will share the details of the current draft of the EAM and discuss its implications for music education in Ireland. The RIAM is Ireland’s oldest and most internationally recognised music conservatoire. In 2013 the RIAM became an associate college of Trinity College, the University of Dublin.
   

Date:

Wednesday 4 October 18:00hrs

Title:

The Second Violinist

Speaker:

Donnacha Dennehy, Princeton University

Venue:

Boydell Recital Room, Music Department, House 5

Description:

Following the sensational success of their first opera, The Last Hotel, Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh collaborate once again on an explosive new production, The Second Violinist asking what does he do when he goes home?
Joined by the phenomenal creative team from The Last Hotel, Donnacha Dennehy’s music is infused with lingering echoes of the Renaissance works of Carlo Gesualdo, creating a sonorous backdrop for the haunting orchestrations and pulsating rhythms that drive the opera to its inexorable conclusion. A search for beauty in a dark, dark world.

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For the archive of past events, please visit our archive.