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News Archive 2014

Belfast Music Society: Student Showcase
Belfast Music Society
Fast-foward to 1:06:00 to hear School of Creative Arts students perform on Radio Ulster's Sounds Classical programme on 9 February.
Bachelor of Music students William Curran (clarinet) and Siobhan McCafferty (violin) are accompanied by staff accompanist Christopher Blake (piano):
Please come along to the Belfast Music Society's Student Showcase on Valentine's Day to show your support for these and other student performers. Entrance is free and all are welcome. Friday 14 February, 1.10 pm, Harty Room (Music Building). 
For more information on the Belfast Music Society's 2014 International Festival of Chamber Music please visit:

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PhD student composer and harpist Anne-Marie O’Farrell is appointed as Composer in Residence

PhD student composer and harpist Anne-Marie O’Farrell has been appointed in March 2014 as Composer in Residence to Mary Immaculate College in Limerick. This exciting appointment comes soon after Anne-Marie’s work as a choral composer was recognized by the BBC Singers: in 2013 her choral setting Skimming Stones was selected for a BBC Singers Workshop in Dublin led by James MacMillan. Thereafter, Anne-Marie was chosen from that event to take part in an all-day choral event at St Paul’s Knightsbridge, London, with the BBC Singers; their workshop on writing for choirs included an open rehearsal of pieces and ended with a concert, which in turn led to a broadcast of her piece Skimming Stones on Monday 3rd March on BBC Radio 3.  The conductor was Matthew Hamilton.


More information on this event, which was a partnership between ‘Choir & Organ’ Magazine and the BBC Singers, is at”. A full interview with Anne-Marie, about her piece and her work as composer, harpist and student, appeared in the November/December 'issue of ‘Choir & Organ’.

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Sounds Alive Festival - Call for Fixed Media Pieces and Sound Installations

SARC @ Sounds Alive Festival

6 – 7th September 2014, Dublin

A call for Fixed Media Pieces and Sound Installations

I am proud to have been asked to curate parts of the Sounds Alive Festival in Dublin, 6 - 7th September 2014. Taking place in some incredibly unusual spaces – the Egyptian themed Grand Chapter Room, the Prince Masons Room and the Knight Templar Preceptory Room in the Freemasons in Dublin (see photos below) - SARC has been given day time listening sessions and venues for sound installations that ‘tell stories’. It is for those spaces that I am now soliciting works.

I am looking for fixed media pieces of varying lengths and 2 or 3 sounds installations that suit the rooms and their inherent acoustics.
The fixed media works and installations should address story telling, whether this relates to the process of creating the piece or to narrative content in the work itself. Sound is central to the festival, and therefore works that focus on innovative, new, fun and exploratory ways of experiencing sound will be warmly welcomed.

All rooms will be open to attendees throughout the day and in the run-up to both of the evening radio concerts (see below for further details). The rooms can accommodate only 20-30 people max per space, so I am interested in small, intimate installations that won’t be physically too intrusive but are ambitious and will essentially enhance these remarkable listening spaces.

The festival’s emphasis is sound and story-telling and all submissions need to address this theme (see below for the festival’s aims and description).

To be considered for the festival, please email Franziska Schroeder:

- a short description of the fixed media piece and/or proposed sound installation and how the work might use the specific space (you can apply for both categories)
- a URL to the fixed media piece
- the length of the piece

- technical requirements - a short biography

Email to: AND cc:

The proposal should be no longer than 300 words in total.

The deadline for all submissions is 31 May 2014. 

For more information, click here (pdf)

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Sounds Alive Festival in Dublin this week-end

The Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) at Queen’s University Belfast invites you to three specially curated events as part of the Sounds Alive Festival in Dublin this week-end, 6th September 2014:


1) Curated Listening Room / Saturday, 10am - 4pm

A listening room curated by the Sonic Arts Research Centre will feature three works that have woven together sounds and stories. Pieces by John D’Arcy, Michael Dzjaparidze and Min Kim Hyeon


2) Participatory Sonic Arts Panel / Saturday, 2-3pm, Grand Lodge

With Professor Pedro Rebelo and Matilde Meireles, moderated by Dr Franziska Schroeder and Claire Cronin


3) Book launch and Performance / Saturday, 5pm, Various Spaces

For the final SARC event we will showcase an improvisation event with musicians distributed across several rooms and floors of Dublin’s Freemason Hall. 


All events curated by Dr Franziska Schroeder, School of Creative Arts, Queen’s University Belfast

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Lights! Action! Lux Film Prize for Film Studies Student.

Recent Film Studies graduate, Amy Moore, has won a year-long placement in Strasburg and Brussels after being awarded a LUX film prize in Venice Film Festival. Amy says, ‘From the enthusiasm and knowledge demonstrated by my lecturers, to the opportunities they afforded me, like attending the Venice Film Festival, the experience of being a student at Queen’s has been a great introduction for me to the world of film.’

Article: It’s ‘Action’ For Amy As a Career In Movies Beckons

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Soundscape Park Opening

"Experience another world here in the heart of Belfast"

Staff and students from the Sonic Arts Research Centre opened a new permanent interactive sound installation in East Belfast on Friday 12th September 2014.  It is called the Soundscape Park Project and is located in Bridge Community Garden, on the Albertbridge Road.  The project aims to bring something different to Belfast City.  


Loudspeakers are hidden all around the garden amongst the planting.  Visitors experience ambient soundscapes from all over the world... these might include sounds of the Amazon Rainforest, waves crashing in the Atlantic Ocean,  or even the factory sounds from Harland & Wolff shipyards.  

Motion detection, social networking and smartphone technology are also some of the tools being used to allow visitors to interact with the sounds.  For example, you can use Twitter to trigger sounds in the garden (visit for more information).


The project was created by a partnership between the Sonic Arts Research Centre at Queen's University Belfast and Business in the Community and funded by Allstate Northern Ireland.  The Sonic Arts Research Centre is a world leader in installations of this nature and the staff and students at the centre are contributing to the project with expertise in field recording, composition and the use of interaction technology.  There are also plans to make use of the space as an outdoor 'sonic gallery' and for community  workshops.


Have a listen to the feature broadcasted on BBC Arts Extra about the project.  Listen from 7' 30".

For more information please contact Craig Jackson


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Cinemagic Press Release:

Cinemagic has launched its search for a young film production crew and film music crew, aged 18-25, for the film ‘The Christmas Star’, Northern Ireland’s first Christmas feature film made by young people under the guidance of industry professionals. Budding film profesionals will have the chance to develop their talents and earn their first credit on the local feature film being made in Northern Ireland later this year.  Read more...

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