Musical Tales

Musical Tales – a series of four concerts in Dublin City Libraries, 26 Oct – 2 Nov 2011

In celebration of Dublin’s UNESCO City of Literature status and to highlight the rich connections between Irish writers, past and present, and Irish composers, The Contemporary Music Centre, in association with the Royal Irish Academy of Music, presents Musical Tales.

Musical Tales is a series of four concerts in Dublin City Libraries from 24 Oct – 2 Nov 2011, funded by the Dublin City Council Arts Office Arts Grants 2011 and supported by the Dublin City Council Library Development Office.

The concert programme, curated and introduced by Irish ComposerBenjamin Dwyer will be performed by the RIAM Milesian Quartet and renowned Irish mezzo-soprano Imelda Drumm (left). Musical Tales features works by Irish composers: Rachel HolsteadMichael Holohan, Kevin O’ConnellFrank CorcoranJohn Buckley and Siobhan Cleary. These composers have found inspiration in Old Irish and in the Irish writers Seamus Heaney, Paul Durcan and Oscar Wilde. Musical Tales invites the listener to take a musical journey inspired by the words of Irish writers and poets, with music that gives a fresh perspective on Irish literature old and new. Further details



NEWS from the European Commission, Digital Preservation and Access to Cultural Resources

ICT Call 9 Information Day
The next FP7 call for proposals for the ICT Objectives 4.3 Digital Preservation and 8.2 Access to Cultural Resources is expected to be open between 18 January and 17 April 2012. The European Commission is organising an Information Day specifically dedicated to the digital preservation and access to cultural resources work programme, on 15 November 2011 in Luxembourg.

This event is intended for stakeholders interested in submitting research project proposals. It aims to help participants understand the work programme and criteria for the evaluation of proposals, facilitate the sharing of ideas and experiences, and meet potential partners for project consortia.

Further details and information on the agenda as well as an online registration form to attend the event are available on our website:


‘Many Irish children never get a ‘sniff’ of music education’. This was among the many issues discussed at Music Generation’s inaugural National Seminar held at St. Patrick’s College Drumcondra on Tuesday September 14th, attended by over 150 delegates throughout the country. The Seminar launched the call for applications from local Music Education Partnerships to apply for funding to help children and young people access vocal and instrumental tuition in their local area. A total fund €1.8million is available in Round 2.

In welcoming delegates to the Seminar, Dr. Pauric Travers President of St. Patrick’s College, spoke of the importance of access to music education. In his address, Dr. Tony Ó Dálaigh Chairman of Music Generation, thanked U2 and The Ireland Funds for their philanthropic donation of €7million which he acknowledged had ‘significantly mobilised and energised the music education movement in Ireland’. Speaking on behalf of the donors, Caitriona Fottrell, Vice President and Director Ireland of The Ireland Funds, praised Music Generation for its achievements, emphasised the importance of music education in the lives of children and young people and acknowledged the hugely positive national response to the initiative.  Further details

Dublin Institute of Technology are asking all music students, teachers, lecturers, musicologists, composers, performers, amateur musicians etc. to fill in this anonymous survey.  This is the first step in a pilot project to make it easier to find music in Irish libraries.  The survey should take only a few minutes and DIT are very grateful for your feedback.

The deadline for this survey is 16th October 2011
Please circulate it to colleagues/students/friends etc.

Link to survey

If you have any questions about this survey, please contact:
Ann Wrigley, College Librarian (Arts & Tourism), Dublin Institute of Technology, Music & Drama Library, Rathmines, Dublin 6.


Explore the world of operetta with Michael Grant on Tuesdays 6th, 13th & 20th September @ 1p.m. in the Music Library, Ilac Centre Library, Henry Street, Dublin.

Michael, who presents specialist music programmes on RTE Lyric FM,  has delivered a number of talks at the Music Library and has proved to be a very entertaining and informative speaker.

Operettas from composers Jacques Offenbach, Louis Varney, Franz Lehar, Johann Strauss  and Sigmund Romberg and others will be included in the programme.

Admission is Free to these talks but booking is essential.

Contact staff in the Music Library, via telephone (01) 8734333, email or in person.

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