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                      Music Department

Welcome to the Music Department

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The Music Department is a vibrant centre of cultural and academic life at the College. Offering a range of degrees from undergraduate to Masters and PhD level.The department has an extensive profile in composition, performance, teaching, research and service to community.

The Department contributes significantly to the musical life of the College with its regular lunchtime and evening concerts, from professional musicians such as their 2012-2015 Artists-in-Residence, the internationally acclaimed Fidelio Trio, in addition to a highly active college choir and an array of student ensembles in traditional, classical and popular styles.

Staff members are actively involved in composition, performance and research. This includes two internationally recognised composers, both of whom are members of Aosdána as well as externally funded research projects and fellowships.


The Fidelio Trio Winter Chamber Music Festival 2015

Evening & Afternoon concerts, Friday 4th-Sunday 6th December 2015

Full price/concession tickets from €8-€15 now on sale at Eventbrite.


The Fidelio Trio are delighted to return to St. Patrick's College after a wonderfully creative three-year Artists-in-Residence programme to present their annual Winter Chamber Music Festival at Belvedere House, St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th December 2015. 

This year's programme includes a French thread with iconic works such as Ravel's monumental Piano Trio, new arrangements for piano trio of Debussy's La Mer and Satie's piano music as well as music by Dukas and PoulencThe Fidelio Trio will honour the heroism of that force of nature , Ludwig van Beethoven, and are excited to give the Irish premiere of a new work by Benjamin Dwyer written for them which they recently   prem
iered in King's Place, London. 

Continuing their tradition of inviting guest international soloists, this year they welcome: leading Irish flautist William Dowdall, clarinettist Carol McGonnell with whom they have previously collaborated on a number of occasions and renowned French Horn soloist Richard Watkins, Nash Ensemble member, with whom they have also recorded for NMC. 

The Fidelio Trio Winter Chamber Music Festival is sponsored by Dublin City University and is presented by St Patrick’s College Music Department in association with GlasDrum.

Please see the Facebook Event Page for further information.

The Fidelio Trio Summer Evening Concert

Wednesday 8th July 2015, 7pm. Admission Free.

On Wednesday 8th July 2015, The Fidelio Trio return to St Patrick’s College Drumcondra for their Summer Evening Concert, hosted by the Kodály Society of Ireland and marking the culmination of this year’s artistic residency by the trio  at the College.


Passionate promoters of new Irish music, the Fidelio Trio will perform Bluescape by Martin O’Leary, written for them in 2007 and recorded for the Contemporary Music Centre’s        Contemporary Music from Irelandcompilation series.

Saint-Saëns’ orchestration skills are shown to full effect in his arrangement of Liszt’s Orphée (Poème Symphonique), while the programme finishes with Chausson’s beautiful but little-known early piano trio, which will also feature in the trio’s upcoming French Series at St John’s Smith Square London next season. 



Liszt arr. Saint-Saëns  – Orphée (Poème Symphonique)

Martin O’Leary – Bluescape

Chausson – Piano Trio in G Minor Op. 3

For more information, see the Journal of Music Listing.


Evening Concert in aid of Calcutta Charities:    Performances from Alumni Choir and Music Staff                  Wednesday 6th May 2015.










On 6th May a very special Evening Concert in aid of Calcutta Charities took place in the College, featuring the St Patrick's Alumni Choir and an impressive range of performances from the Music Department's staff and other guests. A full crowd was drawn in room B103, with €750 in total raised for the chosen charities.

Following the Choir's programme, which  included arrangements by John Buckley and Kodály, Marie-Louise Bowe delivered a fantastic performance of Sibelius' Romanze in D for piano. John O'Flynn changed from conductor to baritone and performed a set of songs, accompanied by Colman Pearce (piano), including works by Vaughan Williams, Schubert and Finzi. To close the evening, Thomas Johnston (uileann pipes and whistle) and Hajime Takahashi (guitar) played a wonderful mix of traditional tunes.

St Patrick's College Choir at Cork International Choral Festival                                                                                     Sunday 3rd May 2015.ljkg

St Patrick's College Choir was placed second at the 2015 Cork Choral Festival's National Competition for Youth Choirs.

The Choir performed a programme of works including Samuel Barber's Sure on this Shining Night, Lajos Bardos' Tambur, and arrangements by John Buckley, Roger Emerson and Joyce Eilers.

This marks the fourth year in succession in which St Patrick's College Choir has been placed 1st or 2nd in the festival. To keep up to date with the Choir's activities in the College and further afield, follow them on Facebook.


St Patrick's College Welcomes Composer Judith Weir, Master of the Queen's Music                                       Wednesday, 25 February 2015.

fdtrOn Wednesday February 25th 2015,  the College hosted a very special visit from Judith Weir, the esteemed British composer and Master of the Queen’s Music, with a concert by Artists-in-Residence the Fidelio Trio in the Main Auditorium and a pre-concert discussion between Judith Weir and John Buckley, where Weir gave insights into her compositional influences, her background and career, and the implications of her new high-profile appointment.
sdgsThe Fidelio Trio performed a stunning programme featuring Weir’s beautiful Piano Trio Two (which they have released on Delphian Records) and John Buckley's own dark and evocative exploration of the medium, itself a recent Fidelio commission (Composers pictured right).
These two contemporary works sat alongside Gabriel Fauré's Piano Trio           cdht                                                                                         in D Minor and Schoenberg’s haunting Verklärte Nacht, originally written for string sextet 
and lent a new intimacy and transparency by the piano trio arrangement performed
by Fidelio of which they have made an
acclaimed recording for Naxos.


Pictured: Dr John O' Flynn, Prof Daire Keogh, The British Ambassador, Dominick Chilcott, Prof John Coolahan and Prof Brian MacCraith               



RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Horizons 2015: John Buckley, Mirrors of Light                                                             National Concert Hall, 1.15pm, 3rd February 2015

jb The Music Department's John Buckley is this week's featured composer in the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra's Horizons series. The programme features two orchestral works by Buckley, including the Irish premiere of his Violin Concerto with soloist Gwendolyn Masin, in addition to music from Elliott Carter and Jerome de Bromhead.

Tickets are free and booking is recommended at:


Last Updated: Wednesday November 25 2015

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