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Ceol Phádraig

Music at St Patrick’s College Drumcondra, 1875-2016


Edited By John Buckley and John O'Flynn

Since its foundation in 1875, the activities of St Patrick’s College Drumcondra and its graduates have been closely woven into the educational and cultural fabric of Irish society. This volume charts how music and music education have fulfilled a major role throughout the history of the Dublin-based establishment that began as a teacher training college and later evolved into a college of education and liberal arts. Graduates of St Patrick’s College have taught hundreds of thousands, if not millions of pupils across the country, have made significant contributions to various facets of professional and amateur music activity, and have had an invaluable influence on the wellbeing of individuals, the development of communities and the advancement of the nation as a whole.

The book records and interprets key musical developments, appraises the work of major contributors, and captures the activities of students, staff and visiting musicians at St Patrick’s College up to its incorporation into Dublin City University in 2016. It represents a major scholarly work that details the progress of music at a university college in Ireland, and it is envisaged that its varied chapters and themes will evoke further memories and discussions among graduates of the College and others.

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Chapter Ten: The Fidelio Trio Residency (John O’Flynn)


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Chapter Ten: The Fidelio Trio Residency

John O’Flynn


The internationally renowned Fidelio Trio, originally comprising Darragh Morgan (violin), Robin Michael (cello) and Mary Dullea (piano) were appointed as artists-in-residence at the Music Department, St Patrick’s College Drumcondra in September 2012 in a scheme that was jointly funded by The Arts Council of Ireland and the College. It continued until July 2015, with Adi Tal taking on the role of cellist for the ensemble from October 2014.

The residency developed around the four interrelated strands of Music in Education and in Community, Performance and Musicology, Composition and Orchestration, and Promoting Chamber Music. In addition to the programming of concerts at St Patrick’s College, at DCU and beyond, the Trio engaged in interactive workshops with student teachers, undergraduate and postgraduate music students, primary and secondary school pupils, teachers, amateur musicians and other community groups. The Fidelio Trio’s appointment to this unique position as artists-in-residence at the College involved three stimulating years with performances of established piano trio repertoire, new commissions and world premieres by leading contemporary composers, and workshops and master classes mentoring young composers and performers. All of these events were facilitated through the Trio’s collaboration with the College’s music department, a partnership that was further enhanced by the establishment in 2013 of the annual Fidelio Trio Winter Chamber Music Festival at Belvedere House, St Patrick’s College. The festival continued beyond the end of the residency’s term in...

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