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The first annual RTÉ Big Music Week 2010 celebrates the wonderful diversity of music which RTÉ brings to listeners and viewers daily, on radio and television, online and in live concert.
It also sees the launch of a dedicated website which offers an entry into the rich world of RTÉ Music – including listening live – to audiences in Ireland and all over the world. RTÉ Radio 1, lyric and RnaG will broadcast RTÉ Big Music Week signpost promos all next week.
Please check programme transmission times with RTÉ Guide and newspaper listings. The content of live daily programming on television and radio may change due to unforeseen events. And don’t forget that you can catch up with RTÉ Big Music Week 2010 TV programmes after broadcast on the RTÉ Player.

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RTÉ’s Lyric FM recently presented a two part series on little known music treasures from the library of Trinity College Dublin. The series focussed on significant items from the library’s collections, including medieval chant, Elizabethan lute melodies and traditional Irish jigs in the years following the famine.  Harpist Siobhan Armstrong played a replica of the so-called Brian Boru harp which gives us our national emblem.

Staff at the library described the contributions of two former professors of Music at Trinity College, Ebenezer Prout and, more recently, Brian Boydell, and the extent to which the music collections continue to grow.

The series, a Broadcasting Commission of Ireland initiative, was produced by Claire Cunningham, with Adrian Cunningham as sound supervisor.

Link to podcast of Part 1

Link to podcast of Part 2

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