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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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