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Royal Irish Academy Of Music

Royal Irish Academy Of Music …

The Royal Irish Academy of Music is a home of musical excellence and dynamism, a place of teaching and learning which consistently achieves its objective of transmitting and maintaining the highest standards of performance and appreciation in all musical disciplines. Founded in 1848 the Academy is Ireland’s oldest musical institution.

Events at Royal Irish Academy Of Music …

Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th June ... Boydell 100: Brian Boydell Centenary Conference ~ RIAM/Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin

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Born in Dublin in 1917, Brian Boydell was one of Ireland’s major 20th century composers. As a musicologist, he published seminal research on music in 18th century Dublin. As a broadcaster, performer, adjudicator, public lecturer, an often outspoken agitator for music, singing teacher, Professor of Music at Trinity College Dublin, one of the founders of the Music Association of Ireland and long-time member of the Arts Council, his influence on music and music education in Ireland was significant. An honorary DMus of the National University of Ireland (1974) and Fellow of the Royal Irish Academy of Music (1990), he was elected to Aosdána, the affiliation of creative artists in Ireland, in 1984.

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  • To mark his centenary, a celebratory conference will be held on Friday 23 June in the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Saturday 24 June in Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin. This two-day event will include papers, recitals, an exhibition of Boydell’s paintings, a screening of All My Enthusiasms, a publication launch, and an evening concert of his music, all re-evaluating his contributions to Irish musical, artistic and academic life, and their place within the wider contexts of musical, cultural and artistic developments in Ireland in the 20th century. For more details, see: https://boydell100.wordpress.com/ or follow us on Twitter or Facebook: https://twitter.com/Boydell100 https://www.facebook.com/boydell100 or contact Dr Barbara Jillian Dignam at [email protected]




    12:30 – 1:00 Registration

    1:00 – 1:45 Lunchtime Concert

    Presented by the DIT Harp Ensemble with Clíona Doris, and introduced by Denise Kelly-McDonnell

    1:45 – 2:00 Welcome Address

    Barbara Dignam and Barra Boydell

    2:00 – 3:15 Lecture-Recitals I

    Chair: Lorraine Byrne Bodley

    Clíona Doris – A Pack of Fancies for a Travelling Harper op. 66 (1970): Context, Reception and Performance

    Sylvia O’Brien – Melody, text and compositional styles in Brian Boydell’s vocal works with solo voice

    3:15 – 3:30 Refreshments

    3:30 – 4:45 Boydell as Musicologist

    Chair: Gerard Gillen

    Ellen O’Flaherty – Listing the papers of Brian Boydell (TCD MS 11128): An archivist’s perspective

    Ita Beausang – Bringing to life the spirit of an age: Brian Boydell and musical life in eighteenth-century Dublin

    Catherine Ferris – The Dublin Music Trade Project: Past, Present & Future

    4:45 – 6:00 Lecture-Recitals II

    Chair: Denise Neary

    Aylish Kerrigan – Exploring the early songs of Brian Boydell [accompanied by Dearbhla Collins]

    Páidí Ó Dubháin – Five Joyce Songs op. 28 (1946) [accompanied by David Miller]

    6:00 – 7:30 Break

    7:30 – 8:00 Publication Launch

    Launch by Eibhlís Farrell of Anne-Marie O’Farrell’s The Lauding Ear by Anne-Marie O’Farrell and Confrontations in a Cathedral by Brian Boydell

    Reception sponsored by the Royal Irish Academy of Music

    8:00 – 9:00 Concert

    Introduced by Deborah Kelleher





    9:30 – 10:45 Boydell as Composer I

    Chair: Gareth Cox

    Philip Graydon – ‘White Stag’ Embodied: Boydell’s The Feather of Death, op. 22 (1942)

    Shauna Caffrey – ‘Avert thy Smitings’: A Study of Brian Boydell’s Magh Sleacht, op. 29 (1947)

    10:45 – 11:15 Refreshments

    11:15 – 11:45 Conference Address

    Prof Barra Boydell with video message from Dr Mary Robinson, Chancellor of Trinity College Dublin

    Chair: Barbara Jillian Dignam

    11:45 – 12:30 Guest Lecture: Peter Murray

    Director, Crawford Art Gallery Cork – Brian Boydell’s paintings and the artistic milieu in Ireland in the early 1940s

    Chair: Cormac Boydell

    12:30 – 1:30 Lunch

    1:30 – 3:00 Boydell as Educator and Advocate

    Chair: Simon Tresize Niall Doyle – Authority, Advocacy and Activism: Strengthening music in Irish life and culture

    Teresa O’Donnell – A voice for Irish art music: Brian Boydell and the Music Association of Ireland

    Gerard Gillen – Audi Chorum Organicum

    3.00 – 3:30 Refreshments

    3:30 – 4:30 Boydell as Composer II

    Chair: Barbara Jillian Dignam Mary

    Louise O'Donnell – Heavenly harps, heavenly cloths: The musical collaborations of Brian Boydell and Gráinne Yeats

    Laura Anderson – Sounding the Landscape: Brian Boydell’s score for Patrick Carey’s film Errigal op. 36 (1968)

    4:30 – 6:00 Roundtable

    Chair: Martin Adams

    Panel: Gareth Cox, Eric Sweeney, Kevin O’Connell, Fergus Johnston, Joseph Ryan

    6:00 Closing Remarks

    Documentary Screening

    All My Enthusiasms, Anne Makower (1997)

    Reception sponsored by the Society for Musicology in Ireland



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Thursday 29th, Friday 30th June ... RIAM Teaching and Learning Network Conference ~ Conference

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The 4th Annual RIAM Teaching Network Conference will take place on the 29 and 30 June 2017 in the royal Irish Academy of Music. This year, the conference is focusing on teaching music in the 21st Century.  The closing address will be given, once again, by our Director, Deborah Kelleher, where she will reflect on what in means to be a music teacher in the 21 Century. 

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  • Conference Programme:

    Thursday, 29 June 2017

    10.00am - Colma Brioscú - Choosing Reperotire for Recital Certificates and Competitions

    11.00am - Coffee Break

    11.30am - Brendan Breslin - Working with a School Orchestra / Band

    1.00pm - Lunch Break

    2.00pm - Lorna Horan - The Creation of the RIAM Piano Albums 2017

    2.30pm - Majella Boland - The Importance of Musicianship in Music Teaching

    3.00pm - Coffee Break

    3.30pm - Thérèse Fahy - Pour Le Piano : Playing and Teaching the Music of Claude Debussy


    Friday, 30 June 2017

    10.00am - Conor Linehan - Teaching Contemporary Piano Repertoire

    11.00am - Coffee Break

    11.30am - Imelda Drumm: Classical Singing - Scales, Vaccaj and Working with the Student's Abilities

    1.00pm - Lunch Break

    2.00pm - Amy Ryan - Teaching Pre-Instrumental Music

    3.30pm - Coffee Break

    4.00pm - Jennifer O'Connor-Madsen - Online Resources for Music Teachers and the Launch of M Theory - Music Theory Videos from the RIAM

    4.30pm - Closing Address: Deborah Kelleher

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Monday 3rd July ... Orchestral Manoeuvres ~ Conference

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ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES [3rd - 7th July 2017]A week-long orchestral academy at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, July 2017
This non-residential five-day event is led by conductor Ciaran Crilly and features expert training by members of the RIAM’s distinguished teaching staff, as well as a number of rehearsal sessions with visiting conductors.

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  • In addition to exploring exciting repertoire, developing as an orchestral musician and having fun, students of this summer orchestral academy with a difference will:

    • Help select repertoire to be rehearsed and performed during the week
    • Participate in sight-reading sessions
    • Study the anatomy of the orchestra in a series of entertaining, interactive workshops
    • Study alongside student conductors from the IAYO Programme
    • Perform in a closing celebratory concert in St Andrew’s Church

    Workshop times: 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4.30pm
    Age Group: 12 to 18
    Ability Range: Recommended from Grade IV upwards
    No audition required
    Closing date Friday 30th June 2017

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Sunday 27th August ... Child Protection Training for Music Teachers ~ The Organ Room, RIAM

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This aim of this training is to equip participants with the skills and knowledge that are necessary to deal with child protection issues in line with Children First 2011 guidelines, Children First Act 2015 and the Child Care Act 1991. All Participants will receive a copy of  Barnardos Protecting Children, A Child Protection Guide for Early Years and School Age Childcare Services (2nd Ed) and a Certificate of Attendance

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  • After taking part in the training, participants will be able to:

    • Recognise their legal responsibilities in relation to Child Protection
    • Explain the definitions of abuse
    • Identify the signs and indicators of abuse and neglect
    • Describe how to respond to a disclosure
    • Prepare a Standard Report Form

    The course will involve presentation, case studies and group exercises.

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Saturday 2nd - Sunday 24th September ... Key Skills 2017 ~ Workshop - 5 Locations

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Réamonn Keary and Lorna Horan will combine forces to present teachers with a guided approach to preparing students for piano exams using the RIAM 2018 piano albums and discussing the potential technical and musical challenges in each piece and addressing ways to tackle these problems. Each participant will receive a copy of the Key Skills Handbook, which includes copies of the annotated scores for all the pieces from Elementary to Grade V and Teaching Notes for each grade.

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  • The main focus of these sessions will include:

    • Elementary – Grade VIII: preparing the pieces for exam performance
    • Selecting the right pieces for each student
    • Discussing the potential challenges in each piece and addressing ways to tackle these problems
    • Identifiying the style and character of each piece
    • The art of scale and arpeggio playing from the early stages
    • The importance of the supporting material: Theory, Aural Tests and Sight-Reading
    • How to approach exam day


    • Saturday, 2nd September 2017: Ursuline Covent, Thurles, Co. Tipperary
    • Sunday, 3rd September 2017: Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda, Co. Louth
    • Sunday 3rd September 2017: Castalia Hall, Callan, Co. Kilkenny
    • Sunday, 17 September 2017: The Connacht Hotel, Galway City
    • Sunday, 24 September 2017: RIAM

    Workshops will be held from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm

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