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Music Composition Centre

 

Trinity's Music Composition Centre hosts cutting edge public events (lectures, recitals, lecture-recitals) by leading experts in Composition, Musicology and Music Technology. The Centre promotes contemporary composition and it creates an on-going debate about the future of ‘New Music’ throughout the academic year.

In 2014 the Music Composition Centre organized the International Composition Conference ‘Composition in the 21st Century’ that featured Sir Harrison Birtwistle and Raymond Deane as the keynote speakers, alongside 65 selected speakers from all over the world. Through consistent presence during the last couple of years, the Music Composition Centre has become a reference point for ‘New Music’ in Trinity as well as the cultural life in Dublin.

Many of our students and graduates are members of the Irish Composers Collective, the Association of Irish Composers and the Contemporary Music Centre.

The Music Composition Centre is curated by Evangelia Rigaki since the genesis of the Centre in 2012. For any further information please get in touch by contacting Dr Evangelia Rigaki

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Music Composition Centre Lectures 2018-19


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 28 November 18:30hrs

Title:

Masterclass in cello

Speaker:

Martin Johnson

Venue:

Trinity Long Room Hub

Description:

Martin has been at the forefront of Cello performance in Ireland for nearly two decades. He has presented more than a dozen Concerti with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, including world première performances of Cello Concerti by Irish Composers Frank Corcoran and Grainne Mulvey (both premières in 2015).
In 2017, in conjunction with RTÉ Lyric Fm, Martin released a CD of newly commissioned Cello works by Frank Corcoran (including the Concerti).
Martin is part of the 'Musicians in Residence' in Trinity's Department of Music and he will be working closely with M.Phil. and Ph.D. composers throughout the year.
   

Date:

Wednesday 14 November 18:00hrs

Title:

Masterclass in flute

Speaker:

Bill Dowdall

Venue:

Boydell Rectial Room, Department of Music, House 5

Description:

Dublin born William Dowdall, one of Ireland's leading musicians, combines a busy career as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher.
He studied at the Cleveland institute of Music and, at the age of 21, was appointed Principal Flute of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and later became Principal Flute of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra where he served for 25 years.
He was subsequently appointed Professor of Flute at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and was recently appointed Adjunct Professor at Trinity College. Bill is part of the 'Musicians in Residence' in Trinity's Department of Music and he will be working closely with M.Phil. and Ph.D. composers throughout the year.
He has recorded extensively for Naxos, Celestial Harmonies and Atoll Records.
   

Date:

Saturday 27 October 18:00hrs

Title:

Pre-concert panel discussion - International Alliance for Women in Music

Speaker:

Amanda Feery, Jane O'Leary, Deborah Kelleher, Carrie Leigh Page, Evangelia Rigaki and Christina Rusnak

Venue:

Boydell Rectial Room, Department of Music, House 5

Description:

Panellists will discuss the process of writing compositions and being leaders within the field of music as women. Attendees will then be invited to join the panellists in attending the IAWM Annual Concert in Trinity Chapel at 7.30pm where new works will be performed by mezzo-soprano Michelle O'Rourke and contemporary music ensemble Kirkos.
   

Date:

Wednesday 17 October 18:00hrs

Title:

Masterclass in saxophone and clarinet

Speaker:

Fintan Sutton

Venue:

Boydell Rectial Room, Department of Music, House 5

Description:

Fintan Sutton studied clarinet and saxophone at the Royal Academy of Music London before returning to Ireland to take up the position of clarinet/bass clarinet with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in 1987. He has been teaching at the Royal Irish Academy of Music since 1997.
Fintan is part of the 'Musicians in Residence' in Trinity's Department of Music and he will be working closely with M.Phil. and Ph.D. composers throughout the year.
   

Date:

Wednesday 3 October 18:00hrs

Title:

Composing for sitar

Speaker:

Kalpana Paranjothy

Venue:

Boydell Rectial Room, Department of Music, House 5

Description:

Kalpana Paranjothy is an accomplished Hindustani Sitar player from Malaysia, who began learning Indian music when she was eight years old at The Temple of Fine Arts, Kuala Lumpur and then moved to Pune, India, to further her music education under the tutelage of Ustad Usman Khan, in the traditional 'Gurukul' style of learning. In 2004, while still a student under Ustad Usman Khan, Kalpana performed her 'Arangetram' or solo debut as a sitar performer and was awarded the title 'Swaranjali' by His Holiness Swami Shantanand Saraswati. Since 2006, Kalpana has been teaching sitar, participated in orchestral ensembles and performed Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and India. She has also been composing over the last 10 years. In 2015, she presented a full orchestra entitled 'Hrdaya' which she conceptualized on her own and it won the BOH Cameronian Audience Choice Award for 2016. Kalpana completed Trinity's M.Phil. in Music Composition in 2017-18.
   

Date:

Wednesday 19 September 19:00hrs

Title:

Inaugural Concert of Adjunct Professor Bill Dowdall

Speaker:

Bill Dowdall

Venue:

Trinity Long Room Hub

Description:

An expert flautist, Bill Dowdall will perform works by Bach, Buckley, Takemitsu, Rigaki and Mozart. He will be accompanied by Aoife Dowdall (violin), Lisa Dowdall (viola) and Jenny Dowdall (cello).
   

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