UCC School of Music bequeathed €2m by British master builder

Posted in Governance and administration on January 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A whole new cohort of musicians are to benefit from a €2m gift donated to University College Cork’s music department – the largest donation in 113 years. The huge sum was donated by the late Sydney V Regan, a British master builder who came to Cork in the 1960s with his wife Hilda …” (more)

[Pádraig Hoare, Irish Examiner, 18 January]

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Dublin’s school of rock, where the teachers play with Delorentos and Villagers

Posted in Teaching on February 3rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“At DIT’s school of commercial modern music, real-world musicians teach students in all aspects of music-making, along with the business side. Is it distracting when your lecturers are world-famous, chart-topping musicians? …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 3 February]

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Macca unsure about Beatles studies

Posted in Teaching on December 30th, 2014 by steve

UK“Sir Paul McCartney has said he believes it is ‘ridiculous’ that The Beatles are now the subject of a university course as he doesn’t think becoming a pop star is something that can be taught …” (more)

[Independent, 29 December]


DIT takes delivery of seven Steinway pianos

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2014 by steve

“Seven new Steinway pianos have arrived at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. The conservatory said the instruments will help it ‘take the next step towards becoming the first All-Steinway School in Ireland’ …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 18 September]

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The Clash discussed at university conference in Belfast

Posted in Research on June 18th, 2014 by steve

“Almost 37 years after the cancellation of a gig by The Clash caused a near riot in Belfast, a university in the city is hosting an academic conference on the band’s wider impact and legacy …” (more)

[Greg McKevitt, BBC News, 18 June]

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Heavy metal degree is a ‘waste of time’ claim campaigners

Posted in Teaching on May 10th, 2013 by steve

“A two-year degree in heavy metal music has been branded an ‘easy option’ by education campaigners. The foundation degree – believed to be the first of its kind in the world – is being offered by New College Nottingham …” (more)

[BBC News, 10 May]

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Traditional music meets futuristic online teaching

Posted in Teaching on March 9th, 2013 by steve

“Video may have killed the radio star, but modern technology has just given traditional music a new lease of life. Gino Lupari, bodhrán player with Four Men and a Dog, is in his living room in Magherafelt, Co Derry, instrument in hand, drumming it into his student how to develop as a player …” (more)

[Martin Doyle, Irish Times, 9 March]

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Merging of musical talents

Posted in Governance and administration on January 19th, 2013 by steve

“Sir, – Your music critic, Michael Dervan, has drawn attention (Arts Ideas, January 8th) to simultaneous productions this month of Benjamin Britten operas by the two Dublin third-level music performance colleges, the RIAM and DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama …” (more)

[Gerard Gillen, Irish Times, 19 January]

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Busy student doctors take a different set of notes

Posted in Teaching on October 17th, 2012 by steve

“When medical students at an Irish university say they are getting marks for playing in the college orchestra, it is not a doctor, doctor joke. NUI Galway has introduced a ground-breaking scheme recognising the value of music in training to become a doctor …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 17 October]

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Royal Irish Academy of Music to become associated College of TCD

Posted in Governance and administration on October 7th, 2012 by steve

“A proposal that would see the Royal Irish Academy of Music become an associated college of Trinity College Dublin has been brought to University Council and is at an advanced stage, The University Times has learned …” (more)

[Jack Leahy, University Times, 7 October]

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First music degree from Dublin University, October 1612

Posted in Teaching on October 1st, 2012 by steve

“This month marks the 400th anniversary of the first Bachelor of Music degree awarded by the University of Dublin, in October 1612. The recipient of this degree is not recorded, but circumstantial evidence strongly suggests …” (more)

[Tales of Mystery and Pagination, 1 October]

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‘The pleasure is always a beat behind the work’

Posted in Teaching on April 13th, 2012 by steve

“Even in University College Cork’s music building, a former 19th Century monastery overlooking the River Lee, the Seomra Gamelan comes as some surprise …” (more)

[Peter Crawley, Irish Times, 12 April]

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An inaugural concert by Crash Ensemble launches Trinity College Dublin’s Music Composition Centre

Posted in Teaching on January 24th, 2012 by steve

“… The Music Composition Centre is the latest exciting development in Trinity’s Creative Arts, Technologies and Culture initiative. Music Composition is one of six flagship areas of creative practice for which Trinity is renowned …” (more)

[Trinity College Communications Office, 24 January]

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A Professor’s Fight Over Shostakovich Heads to the Supreme Court

Posted in Legal issues on May 31st, 2011 by steve

“When Lawrence Golan picks up his baton here at the University of Denver, the musicians in his student orchestra see a genial conductor who corrects their mistakes without raising his voice in frustration. Yet Mr Golan is frustrated, not with the musicians, but with a copyright law that does them harm …” (more)

[Marc Parry, Chronicle of Higher Education, 29 May]

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Video: Trinity Orchestra play Daft Punk

Posted in Life on April 28th, 2011 by steve

“Billed as the only fully student run orchestra in Ireland, Trinity Orchestra were founded in 1984. The orchestra have performed symphonic arrangements of modern music in the past few years, Sígur Rós in 2009 and Radiohead in 2010. This year they played Daft Punk’s album ‘Discovery’ …” (more, video)

[Alan Reilly, State, 28 April]

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Chinese students tune in via webcam for harp lessons

Posted in Teaching on February 7th, 2011 by steve

“An Irish harpist is reaching out across the timezones and cultural divides to teach Chinese students via the internet. From the comfort of her music school in Lanesboro, Co Longford, musician Edel Loftus is using a webcam to help students in Ireland and further afield …” (more)

[Louise Hogan, Independent, 7 February]

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Students tune up for orchestral performance

Posted in Life on November 11th, 2010 by steve

“Ireland’s top music students tuned up their instruments at the National Concert Hall yesterday, ahead of tomorrow night’s special performance with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra …” (more)

[Independent, 11 November]


Well whaddayaknow?

Posted in Life on December 18th, 2009 by steve

“When a lecturer in a third-level music management course offered to set a Christmas exam for Ticket journos, we took up the challenge. Last Friday, Jim Carroll , Tony Clayton-Lea and Sinéad Gleeson sat down to two hours of longhand hell. But are they swots or slackers? …” (more)

[Jim Carroll, Irish Times, 18 December]