‘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.

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: 1.30–3.30 p.m.

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
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

Tea/coffee break: 3.30–4.00 p.m.

Session C: 4.00–5.30 p.m.

Aileen Dillane (Irish World Academy, University of Limerick)
Speculations on The Political Work of Irish Songs in the ‘Diaspora’, c. 1916 onwards: Miss Celia Curtin and Archbishop Daniel Mannix, Melbourne, Australia (A Case Study)
Méabh Ní Fhuartháin (NUI Galway)
Dance halls, parish halls and marquees: Popular and shared spaces for music and dance practice
J. Griffith Rollefson (University College Cork)
‘Strangers in Paradise’: Performing Rebellion, Embodying Postcoloniality on the Emerald Isle

Concert: 6.00–6.45 p.m. followed by a wine reception sponsored by the Society for Musicology in Ireland.


Saturday 23 April

Session D: 10.00–11.30 a.m.

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.

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.

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.

Teresa O’Donnell (Independent Scholar)
Unity with Honour: the 1966 Celebrations of the 1916 Rising in Music
Angela Goff (Waterford Institute of Technology)
Cú Chulainn: The cultural significance of a heroic warrior 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.

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.

Cosimo Colazzo (Conservatory of Trento)
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)


Conference committee
Maria McHale, Chair (DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama)
Catherine Ferris (DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama)
Kerry Houston (DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama)
Stephen McCann (DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama)
Aidan Thomson (Queen’s University Belfast)
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