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Welcome to the School of Creative Arts Events page.  There are events happening all around the School including concerts, drama performances, screenings and talks.  Most of the events can be seen in our own venues and some can be located in other venues within Belfast. 


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Spatial Audio in Domestic Virtual Reality: Possibilities and limitations

Spatial Audio in Domestic Virtual Reality: Possibilities and limitations

4 Feb 2015 1:00PM - 4 Feb 2015 2:00PM

Description:

Dr. Gavin Kearney, Department of Theatre, Film and Television, University of York.
 
Recent advances in immersive video technology, such as ultra-high definition video or 3-D visual headsets like the Oculus rift, are paving the way for immersive 360-degree virtual reality media systems in the home. Surround sound systems will naturally accompany such video technologies but reproduction in domestic media ‘caves’ or on headsets is not without significant challenges. This talk discusses the role spatial audio will play in the development of personal and domestic VR systems and looks at the technological and content creation possibilities and limitations for immersive audio-visual media. 


Venue: Sonic Lab
Booking info: FREE

Bamsa Marcos Campello – Guitar

Bamsa Marcos Campello – Guitar

5 Feb 2015 1:10PM - 5 Feb 2020 2:00PM

Description:

This is a solo guitar improvisation concert. No tunes, no tuning. Maybe some pedals. Dancing is welcome. It is possible it will get really loud and really soft. No guarantees. An imaginary drum might be heard. Marcos is a Brazilian guitarist from Rio de Janeiro. He received a master’s degree in composition at UFRJ (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro). He has been part of Rio’s improvisation / experimental scene since early 2000’s, and plays guitar in the band Chinese Cookie Poets, a free-noise jazz-core out-samba trio from Rio.


Venue: Sonic Lab
Booking info: FREE

”Starting Out On Your Own” Grace Dyas of THEATREclub Dublin

”Starting Out On Your Own” Grace Dyas of THEATREclub Dublin

10 Feb 2015 4:30PM - 10 Feb 2015 5:30PM

Description: Grace Dyas of THEATREclub Dublin
Venue: Seminar Room, 21 University Square
Booking info: FREE

The Architecture of Trauma: Richard Strauss and the Post-War Festival at Salzburg Dr Matthew Werley (Cambridge)

The Architecture of Trauma: Richard Strauss and the Post-War Festival at Salzburg Dr Matthew Werley (Cambridge)

11 Feb 2015 1:00PM - 11 Feb 2015 2:00PM

Description: Seminar
Venue: Old McMordie Hall
Booking info: FREE

My Private Life Jill Daniels, University of East London

My Private Life Jill Daniels, University of East London

11 Feb 2015 2:30PM - 11 Feb 2015 4:30PM

Description:

This autobiographical documentary film explores memory,age and identity through the daughter/filmmaker’s frustrated attempts to bring into the open long-held secrets in her Jewish family. Her elderly parents, Barbara and Bertie, were married in the mid-1940s and divorced in the 1960s at a time when divorce was a stigma and homosexuality illegal - and in the eyes of observant Jews, a sin. They later reunite and spend their last days together in a small flat in North London. The film is a montage of fragments of memories recalled through voiceovers; observational filming of everyday lives; evocative fictional enactments; and Daniels’ direct addresses to the camera.


Venue: Screen 2, Drama & Film Centre
Booking info: FREE

Scapino by Moliere Directed By Frankie McCafferty

Scapino by Moliere Directed By Frankie McCafferty

11 Feb 2015 7:30PM - 14 Feb 2015 10:00PM

Description:

Scapino is a three act comedy by the French master playwright, Moliere. Inspired by the Commedia tradition, it was first performed as Les Fourberies de Scapin in 1671, and is often described as “pure theatre”, making full use of the actors’ physical and vocal skills to present a series of deceptions, tricks and plot twists as the wily servant Scapino manipulates his unwitting victims to smooth the path of young love. Rarely performed outside France, this is an opportunity to see Moliere’s art in its purest form.


Venue: Brian Friel Theatre
Booking info: £8 / £6 concession

Young Artists’ Platform

Young Artists’ Platform

12 Feb 2015 1:10PM - 12 Feb 2015 2:00PM

Description: A recital featuring two of our leading graduate instrumentalists from the class of 2014, including sopranos Megan Mooney and Sionán Mullan.
Venue: Sonic Lab
Booking info: FREE

“New Plays at Belfast’s Lyric Theatre During the 197Os” Dr Conor O’Malley: Belfast’s Lyric Theatre

“New Plays at Belfast’s Lyric Theatre During the 197Os” Dr Conor O’Malley: Belfast’s Lyric Theatre

12 Feb 2015 4:00PM - 12 Feb 2015 5:00PM

Description: Seminar
Venue: Seminar Room, 21 University Square
Booking info: FREE

Radio Silence No More Brigit Ulher

Radio Silence No More Brigit Ulher

18 Feb 2015 1:00PM -

Description: Seminar
Venue: Sonic Lab
Booking info: FREE

“Cultural goals go hand in hand with industrial goals”: UK film policy and production since 1997 Professor John Hill (Royal Holloway, University of London)

“Cultural goals go hand in hand with industrial goals”: UK film policy and production since 1997 Professor John Hill (Royal Holloway, University of London)

18 Feb 2015 4:00PM -

Description: Seminar
Venue: Screen 2, Drama & Film Centre
Booking info: FREE

Brigit Ulher

Brigit Ulher

19 Feb 2015 1:10PM -

Description:

Birgit Ulher studied the visual arts, which still have an important influence on her music. Since moving to Hamburg in 1982 she has been involved in free improvisation and experimental music. Since then she has developed an individual musical language. She works mainly on extending the sounding possibilities of the trumpet and has developed her own extended techniques and preparations for producing these sounds. Besides this material research she is especially interested in the relation between sound and silence.
She performs solo, with her working ensembles, dancers, visual artists and one-time collaborations with musicians from around the world. Collaborations with Ute Wassermann, Gino Robair, Bill Hsu, Leonel Kaplan, Christoph Schiller, Heddy Boubaker, Gregory Büttner, Michael Maierhof and Forbes Graham, amongst others. Solo project ‘Radio Silence NoMore’. Numerous CD releases.
www.birgit-ulher.de


Venue: Sonic Lab
Booking info: FREE

BMS International Festival of Chamber Music 2015 ‘Classical Connections’

BMS International Festival of Chamber Music 2015 ‘Classical Connections’

20 Feb 2015 1:10PM - 22 Feb 2015 6:00PM

Description: Please see for full programme details: www.belfastmusicsociety.org
Venue: Various Venues
Booking info: *Free tickets to QUB Music/Music Technology students (subject to availability). Please see for full programme details and ticket booking: www.belfastmusicsociety.org. There will be a Festival Saver Ticket for £55.00.
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Clarinet Masterclass with Michael Collins

Clarinet Masterclass with Michael Collins

20 Feb 2015 1:10PM - 20 Feb 2015 3:00PM

Description: This clarinet masterclass will feature our very own talented clarinettists Bethany Simpson and William Curran.
Venue: Elmwood Hall
Booking info: £5

Royal String Quartet

Royal String Quartet

20 Feb 2015 7:30PM - 20 Feb 2015 10:00PM

Description:

The School of Creative Arts’ Royal String Quartet will perform music by Mozart, Bacewic and Schubert.


Venue: Great Hall
Booking info: £15.00/£5.00 Under 25s

Student Showcase Recital BMS International Festival of Chamber Music 2015 ‘Classical Connections’

Student Showcase Recital BMS International Festival of Chamber Music 2015 ‘Classical Connections’

22 Feb 2015 11:30AM - 22 Feb 2015 1:30PM

Description:

The annual BMS International Festival of Chamber Music is featuring final year and postgraduate performers from the School of Creative Arts’ performance program. Curated by Franziska Schroeder.


Venue: Elmwood Hall
Booking info: FREE

Nação Drummers: Music and Religious Modernity in the Extreme South of Brazil Dr Reginaldo Braga (QUB, visiting)

Nação Drummers: Music and Religious Modernity in the Extreme South of Brazil Dr Reginaldo Braga (QUB, visiting)

25 Feb 2015 1:00PM - 25 Feb 2015 2:00PM

Description: Seminar
Venue: Old McMordie Hall
Booking info: FREE

Programming Documentary and Experimental Cinema in Spanish Film Festivals Dr. Miguel Fernández Labayen (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain)

Programming Documentary and Experimental Cinema in Spanish Film Festivals Dr. Miguel Fernández Labayen (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain)

25 Feb 2015 4:00PM -

Description: Seminar
Venue: Screen 2, Drama & Film Centre
Booking info: FREE

An Objective Look at Movies Dr Barry Salt (Film Historian and. LFS Course Director)

An Objective Look at Movies Dr Barry Salt (Film Historian and. LFS Course Director)

25 Feb 2015 4:00PM -

Description: Seminar
Venue: Screen 2, Drama & Film Centre
Booking info: FREE

Psappha

Psappha

26 Feb 2015 1:10PM - 26 Feb 2015 2:00PM

Description: This exciting programme for string trio presents two classics, Ravel’s Sonata for violin and cello and Beethoven’s string trio in C minor op.9 no 3, along with the eloquent Elegy for viola solo by Britten. Performers from the leading Manchester ensemble Psappha are regular visits to our concert series.
image credit: Andrew Price
Venue: Sonic Lab
Booking info: FREE

Public Lecture: Habeas Corpus: Antigone, Justice and the NI Troubles Dr Mark Phelan

26 Feb 2015 7:00PM - 26 Feb 2015 10:00PM

Description: In this new initiative, Drama and English have collaborated to produce two public lectures and rehearsed readings of classic and contemporary works by Irish playwrights. In each event, public lectures will preface or even choreograph rehearsed readings of plays and scenes that will performed by a cast of professional actors directed by Tim Loane.
Venue: Brian Friel Theatre
Booking info: *FREE

Rehearsed Reading of Owen McCafferty’s Antigone Directed By Tim Loane

Rehearsed Reading of Owen McCafferty’s Antigone Directed By Tim Loane

26 Feb 2015 8:00PM - 26 Feb 2015 10:00PM

Description:

‘Has our family not suffered enough – sorrow – dishonour – despair – choked we are – choked with the thoughts of the dead and the sins of the past.
’Award-winning playwright and currently the Lyric Theatre’s writer-in-residence, Owen McCafferty is one of Ireland’s leading playwrights. His adaptation of Sophocles’ Antigone, which evolved from a workshop treatment he devised during his time with the National Theatre, London, was fi rst produced by Prime Cut in 2008.
Often hailed as the fi nest Greek tragedy, the story of Antigone is timeless: a tale of love and self-sacrifice but also a drama that interrogates the fraught relationships between love and duty; the rule of law and the pursuit of justice; the individual and the state. Thebe’s civil war has ended, but with peace comes further conflict. Antigone’s brother Polyneices lies dead on the battlefield; his burial outlawed by Creon, the King, who denounces him as a traitor. Should Antigone obey Creon, or must she follow her conscience and lay her beloved brother to rest?
Written more than two thousand years ago, the tragedy of Antigone has been revised and rethought countless times and continues to provoke discussion….and it possesses a special resonance for post-conflict societies like ours.


Venue: Brian Friel Theatre
Booking info: £4

An Introduction to VFX for Film Makers and Producers

An Introduction to VFX for Film Makers and Producers

3 Mar 2015 7:00PM - 3 Mar 2015 10:00PM

Description:

Are you involved in filmmaking but don’t know much about using VFX to enhance your project? As a producer or director what do you need to know to engage effectively with VFX artists? Film Studies at QUB in association with Image Ireland are hosting an illustrated talk with founder Stephen Lohan and Grainne Freeman a VFX artist and Compositing Trainer (Fantastic Mr. Fox, Dr. Who, Merlin and Ripper Street). The talk will discuss the challenges facing directors and producers who want to introduce VFX into their work. There will also be a question and answer session.
* Open to the public, we encourage independent filmmakers, producers and students to attend this session. Places are limited, so please contact d.keeney@qub.ac.uk to register for this event


Venue: Film Studio
Booking info: *FREE

Sophie Hope: “Participating in the Wrong Way?” Special Event: Talk & Workshop

Sophie Hope: “Participating in the Wrong Way?” Special Event: Talk & Workshop

4 Mar 2015 1:00PM - 3 Mar 2015 5:00PM

Description: Talk: Sophie Hope will give a talk about her practice-based research into the histories, economics and commissioning of socially engaged art in the UK. In the talk, she will revisit some moments in cultural policy history from the 1960s-80s, such as the TUC’s Resolution 42 in 1960 which addressed the role of art within the trade union movement and demanded greater access to the arts for the working classes and later in 1969 when artists attempted to take over the Arts Council of Great Britain. These moments were followed by the Arts Council setting up the Community Arts Committee in 1974. Sophie will explore these examples and others through the lens of cultural democracy and the democratisation of culture. This historical research will be explored in relation to current examples of commissioning socially engaged art and the professionalisation of the practice. Workshop: In the workshop following the talk, Sophie will take her projects ‘Performative Interviews’ and ‘1984 dinners’ as starting points to facilitate a practical session where the students are encouraged to discuss and design research methodologies which play with the framing of the interview and staging of collective memories.
Workshop: Sophie’s practice-based research investigates the relationships between art and society. Current work includes hosting dinners about arts and politics in 1984; exploring physical relationships to immaterial labour and mapping inceptions of socially engaged art. She teaches in the Film, Media and Cultural Studies Department at Birkbeck, University of London. In this workshop, Sophie will take her projects ‘Performative Interviews’ and ‘1984 Dinners’ as starting points to facilitate a practical session where the students are encouraged to discuss and design research methodologies which play with the framing of the interview and staging of collective memories.
Venue: Sonic Lab
Booking info: FREE

Programming Documentary and Experimental Cinema in Spanish Film Festivals Dr. Miguel Fernández Labayen (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain)

Programming Documentary and Experimental Cinema in Spanish Film Festivals Dr. Miguel Fernández Labayen (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain)

4 Mar 2015 4:00PM - 4 Mar 2015 5:00PM

Description: Seminar
Venue: Screen 2, Drama & Film Centre
Booking info: FREE

Sound Documents Curated by Pedro Rebelo

Sound Documents Curated by Pedro Rebelo

5 Mar 2015 1:10PM -

Description: Sound field recording has become powerful tool for capturing the everyday as well as the extraordinary and the unfamiliar. Collating sounds through recording on location can act as a way of understanding an unknown city or telling a personal story. This concert presents recent works by SARC composers that take a quasi-documentary approach to composition. The pieces in the programme tell a story of place and people and reveal a sound world for engagement and reflection.
Venue: Sonic Lab
Booking info: FREE

Performing Boucicault in Belfast: Recreational Rioting on & Off Stage

Performing Boucicault in Belfast: Recreational Rioting on & Off Stage

5 Mar 2015 7:00PM - 5 Mar 2015 10:00PM

Description:

This public lecture examines the phenomenon of “Irish Nights” in the playhouses of late Belfast. These occasions featured the performances of popular, political melodramas that provoked a riotous response from working class audiences, who flocked to the theatre in their droves. Described as “melodramas within melodramas,” Irish Nights were unique to Belfast given its context as a crucible of sectarian conflict in this period, however, the lack of “real” rioting outside theatres on these occasions suggests these in-house ructions were mock ones and part of the night out. Nevertheless, they helped consolidate the city’s notorious reputation as being a tough place to play, with some artists remarking “if you could survive Belfast and Glasgow, you could survive anywhere.”


Venue: Brian Friel Theatre
Booking info: FREE

Stage Irish(?): A Miscellany of Dion Boucicault’s Irish Melodramas Directed by Tim Loane

Stage Irish(?): A Miscellany of Dion Boucicault’s Irish Melodramas Directed by Tim Loane

5 Mar 2015 8:00PM - 5 Mar 2015 10:00PM

Description:

Until relatively recently, official histories of Irish theatre were characterised by Abbey Theatre director Hugh Hunt’s view that this vital Victorian period of drama dominated by Dion Boucicault was “best forgotten”- an attitude shared by the same institution’s founders, W.B. Yeats and Lady Gregory, who despised the popular theatre stage (and the plebs who packed it). And yet, Boucicault’s influence is pervasive. It ghosts generations of later playwrights’ work: the comic double-acts and music hall knockabout of O’Casey, Beckett, and Behan. Even Conn the Shraughraun’s famous wake scene – fittingly restaged in Parker’s play to enact Boucicault’s stage exit from life – shadows Synge’s Riders to the Sea.
In recent years, historians, scholars and practitioners have helped to recuperate Boucicault’s work and to demolish earlier attitudes that disregarded him as a cheap hack. Audiences too have also demonstrated their appreciation of his work as several recent productions by the Abbey and Druid Theatres, and the National Theatre, London have played to packed houses. In the second event of this new initiative between Drama and English, Tim Loane will direct selected excerpts from Boucicault’s classic melodramas The Shraughraun, the Colleen Dawn and Arraghna-Pogue. This miscellany is intended to give an impressionistic overview of some of his most successful works.


Venue: Brian Friel Theatre
Booking info: £4

When the dust settles, who will be us? Futureproofing the arts A session in association with Young at Art as part of the Belfast Children’s Festival Tony Reekie

When the dust settles, who will be us? Futureproofing the arts A session in association with Young at Art as part of the Belfast Children’s Festival Tony Reekie

10 Mar 2015 4:00PM - 10 Mar 2015 5:00PM

Description: The debate on the sustainability of the arts and cultural sector often centres on the way it must diversify its funding base and its business model. But what are the leaders of the industry doing to secure its creative sustainability. In what way must our industry adapt to safeguard its artistic development? How does the sector innovate in periods of negative public policy and investment? And what are the challenges and difficult decisions heads of organisations face when they address sustainability of their whole sector and not just their organisation? Tony Reekie will speak with first-hand experience as the head of one of the UK’s leading development organisations in the field of theatre.
Session will include a Q&A chaired by Ali Fitzgibbon, CEO of Young at Art.
Venue: Brian Friel Theatre
Booking info: FREE* *To book your free place, please contact visit www.youngatart.co.uk or telephone Young at Art on 028 90243042 from December 2014.
Book online

Pains of Youth By Ferdinand Bruckner in a version by Martin Crimp

Pains of Youth By Ferdinand Bruckner in a version by Martin Crimp

10 Mar 2015 7:30PM - 12 Mar 2015 10:00PM

Description:

Vienna, 1923. A discontented post-war generation diagnose youth to be their sickness and do their best to destroy it.
Bourgeois existence or suicide. There are no other choices.
Promiscuous, pitiless and bored, six sexually entangled medical students restlessly wander in and out of a boarding house, cramming, drinking, taunting, spying. Freder savagely experiments with the young, pretty maid while a part of him pines for his former lover, Desiree, a wild, disillusioned aristocrat. Petrell abandons Marie for the ruthless underdog Irene. Marie doesn’t waste any time weeping - Desiree wants her.

Book your tickets:  studentshows@qub.ac.uk


Venue: Brian Friel Theatre
Booking info: £5 / £7

Southern Belles Abroad: The Musical Experiences of American Women in Europe before 1860 Dr Candace Bailey (N Carolina SU)

Southern Belles Abroad: The Musical Experiences of American Women in Europe before 1860 Dr Candace Bailey (N Carolina SU)

11 Mar 2015 1:00PM - 11 Mar 2015 2:00PM

Description: Seminar
Venue: Old McMordie Hall
Booking info: FREE

From 20th Century Fox Studios to Century City Shopping Mall: Los Angeles and Motion Pictures in the 1960s and 1970s Dr. Mark Shiel (King’s College London)

From 20th Century Fox Studios to Century City Shopping Mall: Los Angeles and Motion Pictures in the 1960s and 1970s Dr. Mark Shiel (King’s College London)

11 Mar 2015 4:00PM - 11 Mar 2015 6:00PM

Description: Organised the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities Research Group “Cinema and Architecture in the City”.
Venue: Screen 2, Drama and Film Centre
Booking info: FREE

Postgraduate Roundtable

Postgraduate Roundtable

11 Mar 2015 5:00PM - 11 Mar 2015 7:00PM

Description: Seminar
Venue: Old McMordie Hall
Booking info: FREE

Sandeep Bhagwati

Sandeep Bhagwati

12 Mar 2015 1:10PM - 12 Mar 2015 2:00PM

Description: SANDEEP BHAGWATI is a composer, researcher, poet, theatre maker, installation artist, and conductor, born in India, a citizen of Germany now living in Montréal, Canada. In his work, he likes to ask himself questions that he cannot answer, set himself tasks that stymie him, and to break with practices that no one thinks are broken. In order to further foster and enhance his ignorance, he founded, in 2006, a research-creation lab at Concordia University, the matralab, where he and his team work on computer improvisation, interactive scores, invisible bodysuit scores and creative research into inter-traditional music and theatre forms, but also on the theoretical-artistic exploration of comprovisational technique, inter-traditional aesthetics and world-conscious art practices such as political performance, environmental sound art or responsive creation.
Venue: Sonic Lab
Booking info: FREE

Experiences in Prepared Instruments, Live Electronics, and the Creation of New Electro-Acoustic Instruments Annette Krebs

Experiences in Prepared Instruments, Live Electronics, and the Creation of New Electro-Acoustic Instruments Annette Krebs

18 Mar 2015 1:00PM - 18 Mar 2015 2:00PM

Description: Seminar
Venue: Sonic Lab
Booking info: FREE

Annette Krebs – Concert

Annette Krebs – Concert

19 Mar 2015 1:10PM - 19 Mar 2015 2:00PM

Description: Annette Krebs has studied classical music and lives since 1993 in Berlin. As a composer, performer and improviser she developed a musical style which is based among others on influences and inspirations from contemporary arts, classical and contemporary music. She is one of the founders of the Berlin movement “Echtzeitmusik”. She developed electro-acoustic solo pieces for loudspeakers, develops music for ensembles, video- and performance projects and works with many instrumentalists and artists in - and outside of Europe.
Venue: Sonic Lab
Booking info: FREE

Everybody (Wants To Be The DJ)

Everybody (Wants To Be The DJ)

21 Mar 2015 8:00PM - 21 Mar 2015 10:00PM

Description: This work is an interactive sound installation based around lived experiences of dance music and club culture. The piece dissects the art and science of DJ-ing and explores individual and collective identities formed through involvement with electronic music scenes both emergent and historic. It interrogates the notion that any given era was notably exceptional with a range of participants across three generations. The installation draws on people’s memories inside a club: the collective experience; the out-of body experience; the fleeting, microcosmic social experience. The story is told by those who know it best - DJs who have spent as much time on the dance floor as behind the decks. Everybody (Wants To Be The DJ) invites you to join them and have your moment. It asks whether techno and house music ever could or indeed still can save the world.
Venue: Sonic Lab
Booking info: FREE

Developing Arts Audiences Margaret Henry (CEO Audiences NI)

Developing Arts Audiences Margaret Henry (CEO Audiences NI)

23 Mar 2015 4:30PM - 23 Mar 2015 5:30PM

Description: Seminar
Venue: Seminar Room, 21 University Square
Booking info: FREE

Big Ears: Workshop & Showcase Concert Sonic art for public ears 2015 in collaboration with Drake Music Northern Ireland

Big Ears: Workshop & Showcase Concert Sonic art for public ears 2015 in collaboration with Drake Music Northern Ireland

25 Mar 2015 9:00AM - 27 Mar 2015 10:00PM

Description: Workshop: “Big Ears” is a public engagement training course, initiated by Dr. Franziska Schroeder and has been hosted by Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC), Queen’s University Belfast since 2011. Big Ears 2015 launches an exciting new collaboration with Drake Music Northern Ireland, a music and disability charity that enables musicians to overcome physical barriers and learning difficulties through music technology to compose and perform their own music. The program will take place over 3 days, delivering practical training in inclusive design and public engagement to higher education students. It will also offer workshops and a showcase performance with the Drake Music Northern Ireland musicians. Co-ordinated by Koichi Samuels. The showcase, 7pm on Friday night, will be open to the public. Relevant interested applicants contact Koichi Samuels for detailed times: Ksamuels01@qub.ac.uk.
The program is supported by Queen’s University Researcher Training Development Fund, and is designed by Koichi Samuels.
Concert: Showcase concert resulting from the 3 days “Big Ears” workshop, featuring newly developed music interfaces by several invited researchers. These interfaces have been developed with the Drake musicians who will perform for you this evening, composer Steve Reich.
Special Event: Workshop & Concert Workshop: 25th - 27th March All Day
Concert: Friday 27th March 7.00pm
Venue: Sonic Lab
Booking info: FREE

The Politics and Aesthetics of Choral Singing in Alentejo (Portugal) Dr Salwa El-Shawan Castelo- Branco (Universidade Nova de Lisboa/ Cambridge University)

The Politics and Aesthetics of Choral Singing in Alentejo (Portugal) Dr Salwa El-Shawan Castelo- Branco (Universidade Nova de Lisboa/ Cambridge University)

25 Mar 2015 1:00PM - 25 Mar 2015 2:00PM

Description: Seminar
Venue: Old McMordie Hall
Booking info: FREE

St Andrews New Music Ensemble

St Andrews New Music Ensemble

26 Mar 2015 1:10PM - 27 Mar 2015 2:00PM

Description: A concert of new work from Scotland by the new music ensemble of St Andrews University. The programme will include works by Thea Musgrave and Sally Beamish, as well as the first performance of QUB composer Simon Mawhinney’s The Pinkbow at Backnamullagh. The St Andrews New Music Ensemble brings together musicians of the University who have a curiosity to explore music of the Twentieth Century and today. Rehearsing and performing on a project basis in close association with the St Andrews Chamber Orchestra, the ensemble has a flexible instrumental line-up and works with emerging and established composers: in recent years the ensemble has worked with Paul Mealor, Sally Beamish and Thea Musgrave. The ensemble holds an annual Call for Scores that receives a wide international response – many of the winning pieces have entered into the ensemble’s repertoire. In May 2015 the ensemble will perform at the Glasgow Minimalist Festival alongside the legendary composer Steve Reich.
Venue: Sonic Lab
Booking info: FREE

The People You Pass in the Street By Laurence McKeown

The People You Pass in the Street By Laurence McKeown

27 Mar 2015 8:00PM - 28 Mar 2015 10:00PM

Description: Elizabeth walks into a Sinn Fein constituency office seeking assistance regarding anti-social behaviour in her area. Frank takes her details and promises to look into it. He later learns she is the widow of an RUC man killed by the IRA, and is warned to tread carefully. This brief encounter poses challenges for personal preconceptions and beliefs, straining family and political loyalties.
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Those You Pass on the Street explores the complexities of dealing with the legacy of conflict, especially when that conflict is localised and personal. It contrasts party political positioning with individual needs. It challenges the view that any mechanism for dealing with the past is simply about ‘whose side gets what’. This show will run for approx one hour and after Saturday’s performance, there will be a postshow discussion with the playwright, Dr Laurence McKeown; Kabosh’s artistic director, Paula McFetridge, chaired by Dr Mark Phelan
Venue: Brian Friel Theatre
Booking info: £7

Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music

Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music

22 Apr 2015 12:00AM - 26 Apr 2015 6:00PM

Description:

Theme Fractured Narratives. The festival will feature a newly commissioned multi-channel work for the Sonic Lab from electroacoustic pioneer Denis Smalley. Also featured in the festival will be a major recent work by Trevor Wishart. For detailed information: www.sonorities.org.uk
‘Two Thousand + FIFTEEN Symposium on Fractured Narratives – Improvised sounds and stories’ Seminar on Saturday 25th April, see seminars at back of programme. Curated by Dr Franziska Schroeder, Koichi Samuels and Tullis Rennie with Keynote Speaker Cathy Lane, Professor of Sound Arts, University of the Arts London.
For details see: www.qub.ac.uk/sonorities/symposium_call.html


Venue: Various Locations
Booking info: FREE

Two Thousand + FIFTEEN Symposium on Fractured Narratives – Improvised sounds and stories

Two Thousand + FIFTEEN Symposium on Fractured Narratives – Improvised sounds and stories

25 Apr 2015 10:00AM - 25 Apr 2015 5:00PM

Description: Symposium
Venue: Main Site, Lanyon Building, Ground Floor Room (0G/074)
Booking info: FREE

Managing Digital Innovation Dr. Oonagh Murphy (Writer, Lecturer and Arts Manager)

Managing Digital Innovation Dr. Oonagh Murphy (Writer, Lecturer and Arts Manager)

28 Apr 2015 4:30PM - 28 Apr 2015 6:30PM

Description: Seminar
Venue: Seminar Room, 21 University Square
Booking info: FREE

Aesthetics and Irish Traditional Music, or, a Fiddle Player Reads Adorno Dr Martin Dowling (QUB)

Aesthetics and Irish Traditional Music, or, a Fiddle Player Reads Adorno Dr Martin Dowling (QUB)

29 Apr 2015 1:00PM - 29 Apr 2015 2:00PM

Description: Seminar
Venue: Old McMordie Hall
Booking info: FREE

Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls Directed by Maggie Cronin

Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls Directed by Maggie Cronin

29 Apr 2015 7:30PM - 2 May 2015 10:00PM

Description: “If Margaret Thatcher wins on Thursday, I warn you not to be ordinary. I warn you not to be young. I warn you not to fall ill. I warn you not to get old.” Neil Kinnock, pre-general election speech, 1983.
Set in the early Thatcher years, Top Girls examines women’s lives and experiences at a time of great social change. Caryl Churchill daringly employs historical and modern characters to encounter each other, coincide and clash in this dazzling and poignant play. Their debate is, of course, still relevant today.
*For tickets please phone: 02890 971382 and email studentshows@qub.ac.uk
Venue: Brian Friel Theatre
Booking info: £8 / £6 concession*

The Goldberg Variations

The Goldberg Variations

30 Apr 2015 1:10PM - 30 Apr 2015 2:00PM

Description: This recital offers a rare chance to hear a complete performance of Bach’s ‘Goldberg Variations’ (BWV 898), which was published by Balthasar Schmidt of Nuremberg in 1741. Pianist Daniel Martyn Lewis has performed throughout the UK and in his native Australia to much critical acclaim. He is now based in Wales; his professors have included Ronald Farren-Price (University of Melbourne), John Lill (London), Arnaldo Cohen (Royal Northern College of Music) and Richard McMahon (RWCMD). Daniel possesses a wide-ranging repertoire, although more particularly he is a specialist in the music of Bach and has made many original arrangements and transcriptions.
Venue: Sonic Lab
Booking info: FREE

“Points of View: Multi-Roling Performance in Irish Theatre in 1990s” Dr David Grant

“Points of View: Multi-Roling Performance in Irish Theatre in 1990s” Dr David Grant

30 Apr 2015 4:00PM - 30 Apr 2015 5:00PM

Description: Seminar
Venue: Seminar Room, 21 University Square
Booking info: FREE

Roy Carroll Performing Electro-Acoustic Music: Possibilities and Approaches for Live Electronics and Fixed Media Interpretation

Roy Carroll Performing Electro-Acoustic Music: Possibilities and Approaches for Live Electronics and Fixed Media Interpretation

6 May 2015 1:00PM -

Description: The workshop will focus on the following: i) Loudspeakers as instruments - preparations, piezo pickups, feedback, resonant tubes; ii) Techniques and approaches for multichannel composition and performance software, signal routing, probability / random processes across multiple channels. iii)Fixed media and live electronics interpretation and performance combining i) and ii) - related to the duo concert on 7th May.
Venue: Sonic Lab
Booking info: FREE

Remembering Alien: The Generational Pleasures of a Scary Movie

Remembering Alien: The Generational Pleasures of a Scary Movie

6 May 2015 4:30PM - 6 May 2015 6:30PM

Description: Seminar with Professor Martin Barker (Emeritus Professor of Film and Television Studies at the Aberystwyth University)
Venue: Screen 2, Drama & Film Centre
Booking info: FREE

Scene from Within: Mark Applebaum’s Pre-Composition (2002) and Velimir Khlebnikov’s Mrs. Laneen (1913)

Scene from Within: Mark Applebaum’s Pre-Composition (2002) and Velimir Khlebnikov’s Mrs. Laneen (1913)

6 May 2015 7:00PM - 7 May 2015 9:00PM

Description: In these two works, separated by nearly a century, but strikingly akin in concept, the spectator/listener is invited into the psychical processes of another human being during a moment of heightened experience. For Pre-Composition, we are welcomed into the mind of a composer (Applebaum himself?) as he prepares his next piece. In Mrs. Laneen we enter the disordered mind of a woman in ill-health, possibly nearing death. The two pieces, presented together for the first time, offer a unique sound and theatre experience that presents a take on creativity and mental illness surprisingly consonant with current ideas in neuroscience.
Venue: Sonic Lab
Booking info: £3, Free for students

Disassembler Roy Carroll: Electro-Acoustics with Izumi Kimura: Piano

Disassembler Roy Carroll: Electro-Acoustics with Izumi Kimura: Piano

7 May 2015 1:10PM - 7 May 2015 2:00PM

Description: Disassembler is a new group dedicated to the interpretation and performance of live electronic and fixed media concert works. Focused on exploring the physical / acoustic possibilities of electro-acoustic music through working with materials such as denuded loudspeakers, resonant / textured preparations, feedback, room acoustics / resonance, randomness / probability processes, instability. Disassembler favours close collaboration with composers, towards building a repertoire of luminous interpretations.
Venue: Sonic Lab
Booking info: FREE

North meets South: Jimmy Fay in Conversation with Fiach MacConghail

North meets South: Jimmy Fay in Conversation with Fiach MacConghail

7 May 2015 4:00PM - 7 May 2015 6:00PM

Description: QUB Drama are delighted to play host to a special conversation between Jimmy Fay, (Executive Producer of the Lyric Theatre) and Fiach MacConghail (Director of the Abbey Theatre), on the eve of an historic co-production between both theatres of Sean O’Casey’s classic play, Shadow of a Gunman.
As Fiach completes a decade in charge of the Abbey Theatre, and Jimmy his first year at the Lyric, it seems a timely occasion to invite you to join the artistic leaders of the two most important theatre institutions on the island of Ireland to reflect on past, present and future of Irish drama.
Admission is free and tickets are available at the door (capacity is limited to 120).
Venue: Brian Friel Theatre
Booking info: FREE

Brass Band and JAM

Brass Band and JAM

7 May 2015 7:30PM - 7 May 2015 10:00PM

Description: The University Brass Band teams up with JAM’s Junior and Senior Brass groups for a programme of classics and popular pieces.
Venue: Whitla Hall
Booking info: £5/£3

Queen’s University Symphony Orchestra Summer Concert

Queen’s University Symphony Orchestra Summer Concert

12 May 2015 7:30PM - 12 May 2015 10:00PM

Description: Join QUSO as they round off their 2014/15 season. The concert as ever will feature symphonic favourites and soloists from the Orchestra, with music sure to suit all tastes.
Venue: Sonic Lab
Booking info: £7 / £5

Mad Forest By Caryl Churchill

Mad Forest By Caryl Churchill

12 May 2015 7:30PM - 14 May 2015 10:00PM

Description: Did we have a Revolution or a putsch? Who was shooting on the 21st? And who was shooting on the 22nd? Was the army shooting on the 21st or did some shoot and some not shoot? Or were the Securitate disguised in army uniforms? And were they still shooting on the 22nd? Were they now disguised as Securitate? Where did the flags come from? Who put loudhailers in the square? How could they publish a newspaper so soon? Who got Ceausescu to call everyone together? Where are the bodies?
In December 1989, Romanian Communist Party Leader Nicolae Ceausescu’s regime was overthrown by the people of communist controlled Romania, during a series of violent protests, deadly riots and chaos in the capital. Shortly after the bloodbath Caryl Churchill and a group of students travelled to Bucharest and through interviews with people from all backgrounds, Churchill has complied the first hand accounts of the Revolution into the story of ‘Mad Forest’. The three act play set before, during and after the Revolution is thought provoking, gripping and entertaining. Presenting a wide-lensed account of Romanians from all walks of life, there is as much authenticity in the dialogue as in the silences.
Venue: Brian Friel Theatre
Booking info: £7 / £5

Receiving the Approaching Memory: Aspects of Time in my Recent Music Dr Bryn Harrison (Huddersfield)

Receiving the Approaching Memory: Aspects of Time in my Recent Music Dr Bryn Harrison (Huddersfield)

13 May 2015 1:00PM - 13 May 2015 2:00PM

Description: Seminar
Venue: Old McMordie Hall
Booking info: FREE

Postgraduate Roundtable

Postgraduate Roundtable

13 May 2015 5:00PM - 13 May 2015 7:00PM

Description: Seminar
Venue: Old McMordie Hall
Booking info: FREE

Liszt - The B Minor Sonata. Philip Edward Fisher - piano

Liszt - The B Minor Sonata. Philip Edward Fisher - piano

14 May 2015 1:10PM - 14 May 2015 2:00PM

Description: This recital centres upon one of the pinnacles of the Romantic repertoire, the B minor Sonata by Liszt. Pianist Philip Edward Fisher is widely recognized as a unique performer of refined style and exceptional versatility whose tours have taken him across the United Kingdom to Italy, Austria, Denmark, Switzerland, Norway, Romania, the Ukraine, Japan, Kenya, Zimbabwe, and the United States. 2002 marked his New York debut at Alice Tully Hall, performing Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto under the baton of Larry Rachleff. He has also appeared at Merkin Hall and Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Centre, while UK venues have included the Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, Barbican Centre and Royal Festival Hall in London, Usher Hall in Edinburgh, the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, and Symphony Hall in Birmingham.
Venue: Sonic Lab
Booking info: FREE

Cultural Materialism, Performance and Gentrification Jen Harvie, Professor of Contemporary Theatre and Performance at Queen Mary University of London.

Cultural Materialism, Performance and Gentrification Jen Harvie, Professor of Contemporary Theatre and Performance at Queen Mary University of London.

14 May 2015 4:30PM - 14 May 2015 6:30PM

Description: Seminar
Venue: Seminar Room, 21 University Square
Booking info: FREE

QUB Big Band Spring Concert

QUB Big Band Spring Concert

14 May 2015 7:30PM - 14 May 2015 10:00PM

Description: A concert of summer favourites and evergreen classics from the popular QUB Big Band, to include swing, blues and ballad hits under the direction of maestro Steve Barnett.
Venue: Black Box
Booking info: £7/£5

JAM 4

JAM 4

12 Jun 2015 6:30PM - 12 Jun 2015 9:00PM

Description: JAM Four programme students will present their work using creative music technologies in the Sonic Arts Research Centre.
Venue: Sonic Lab
Booking info: FREE

Junior Academy of Music End-of-Year Summer Concert

Junior Academy of Music End-of-Year Summer Concert

13 Jun 2015 2:00PM - 13 Jun 2015 4:00PM

Description: All children attending four different JAM programmes will be showcasing their musicianship skills through choir singing, brass band playing, guitar and flute ensembles, as well as some performances using creative music technologies.
Venue: Whitla Hall
Booking info: Adults £3, children free

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