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Boydell 100: Brian Boydell Centenary Conference

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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.

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 boydell100@gmail.com


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SATURDAY 24 JUNE - TRINITY LONG ROOM HUB / TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN

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 OíConnell, 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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