‘Music in Ireland: 1916 and beyond’: April 2016

Music in Ireland: 1916 and Beyond
DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama
22–24 April, 2016


Friday 22 April


Conference opens: 10.00 a.m.

Welcome: 10.45–11.00 a.m.

Session A: 11.00 a.m.–12.30 p.m.
Chair: Harry White (University College Dublin)

Donal Fallon (University College Dublin)
The Sound of Irish Labour: The Importance of the Fintan Lalor Pipe Band in Revolutionary Dublin
Ruth Stanley (CIT Cork School of Music)
A Reading of Music and Cultural Identity in The Leader (1915–16)
Axel Klein (Independent Scholar)
‘I believe in God, Beethoven and Patrick Pearse’—The Radicalisation of Carl Hardebeck

Lunch: 12.30–1.30 p.m.

Session B: 1.30–3.00 p.m.
Chair: Mark Fitzgerald (DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama)

Joseph Kehoe (DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama)
Easter 1926, Easter 1936, Easter 1946: The Long Gestation of the Radio Éireann Symphony Orchestra
Siobhan O’Halloran (Ulster University)
The Origins of the Ulster Orchestra: Institution and Ideology in a Fragmented Society
Méabh Ní Fhuartháin (NUI Galway)
Dance Halls, Parish Halls and Marquees: Popular and Shared Spaces for Music and Dance Practice

Tea/coffee break: 3.00–3.30 p.m.

Session C: 3.30–5.00 p.m.
Chair: Ruth Stanley (CIT Cork School of Music)

Stephen Mc Cann (DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama)
‘Take it down from the mast’: Music, Protest, and Legitimacy in the Early Troubles
Stephen Millar (Queen’s University Belfast)
Who Fears To Speak of Easter Week? Music, Irish Republicanism, and Marginality
J. Griffith Rollefson (University College Cork)
‘Strangers in Paradise’: Performing Rebellion, Embodying Postcoloniality on the Emerald Isle

Concert: 5.30 p.m. followed by Wine Reception


Saturday 23 April

Session D: 10.00–11.30 a.m.
Chair: David Mooney (DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama)

Maria Byrne (Maynooth University)
The Policeman’s Baton: An Instrument of Peace?
Kerry Houston (DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama)
Utterly Changed Times: Music at St Patrick’s and Christ Church Cathedrals in 1916
Michael Murphy (Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick)
‘Some have come from a land beyond the wave’: Domestic and Foreign Perspectives on the ‘Soldier’s Song’

Tea/coffee break: 11.30 a.m.–12.00 p.m.

Session E: 12.00–1.30 p.m.
Chair: Méabh Ní Fhuartháin (NUI Galway)

Rónán Galvin (Irish Traditional Music Archive)
‘Rocking the Cradle’ 1916: The Contribution of Patrick Weston Joyce and Breandán Breathnach to the Study of Irish Traditional Music and Song
Conor Caldwell (Queen’s University Belfast)
‘...though so very much corrupted as to be quite barbarous’: Attitudes towards Irish Music in the Gaelic Revival
Adrian Scahill (Maynooth University)
Revival and Revolution: A Transitional Period in the Ensemble Playing of Irish Traditional Music

Lunch: 1.30–2.30 p.m.

Session F: 2.30–4.00 p.m.
Chair: Michael Murphy (Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick)

Maria McHale (DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama)
Voices of the Rising: Musical Culture in Revolutionary Dublin
Richard Parfitt (Linacre College, Oxford)
‘Living Still in Spite of Fire, Dungeon and Sword’: Music and Irish Political Prisoners, 1916–1921
Christina Bashford (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
‘If I practice I can make a fair show’: The Power of the Violin in the Ballykinlar Internment Camp during the Anglo-Irish War (1919–21)

Tea/coffee break: 4.00–4.30 p.m.

Session G: 4.30–6.00 p.m.
Chair: Aidan Thomson (Queen’s University Belfast)

Teresa O’Donnell (Independent Scholar)
Marking the Fiftieth Anniversary of the 1916 Rising through Music
Angela Goff (Waterford Institute of Technology)
Táin Bó Cuailnge: The Cultural Significance of an Ancient Saga within the Repertoire of Irish Contemporary Music
Mark Fitzgerald (DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama)
After 1916—Composers and Politics, Composition and Politics, Musicology and Politics

Conference dinner: 6.30 p.m.


Sunday 24 April

Session H: 10.00–11.30 a.m.
Chair: Kerry Houston (DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama)

Mary Louise O’Donnell (Independent Scholar)
Guns, Gaels and Gondoliers: Music in Dublin in 1916
Ita Beausang (DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama)
Irish Composers and 1916
David Mooney (DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama)
‘And the show goes on…’: The 1916 Feis Ceoil

Tea/coffee break: 11.30 a.m.–12.00 p.m.

Session I: 12.00–1.30 p.m.
Chair: Christina Bashford (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Cosimo Colazzo (Conservatorio di musica ‘F.A. Bonporti’ di Trento) in collaboration with Giuliana Adamo (Trinity College, Dublin)
An Italian Composer during the Irish Independence Process: Michele Esposito
Aidan Thomson (Queen’s University Belfast)
Bax’s In Memoriam: Memory, Martyrdom and Modalities of Irishness
Ian Maxwell (University of Cambridge)
Moeran in Ireland, 1917–1918 and 1935

Closing comments: 1.30–2.00 p.m.
Harry White (University College Dublin)

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Conference fee (includes concert and wine reception on Friday 22 April and a sandwich lunch on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 April)
€50 Non-SMI/RMA members
€40 SMI/RMA members
€30 Non SMI/RMA students
€20 SMI/RMA students
Conference Dinner: Kafka Restaurant, Rathmines. Saturday 23 April. Please note that places are limited, so early booking is advised. Cost of €31 (including service charge).

To book, click here: www.musicireland1916conference.eventbrite.ie

If you have any special dietary requirements, please email musicireland1916@gmail.com

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