GMR Launches New Season!

On Tuesday last, the Galway Music Residency (GMR) launched its Autumn/Winter Programme of Events at the O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre & Performance in NUI Galway. One year on from the announcement of its five-year partnership with the university, the success of the relationship thus far was celebrated. Launching the upcoming programme, Dr Aidan Thomson, director of the new BA in Music at NUI Galway, highlighted the ongoing impact that GMR and ConTempo Quartet have not only on campus, but throughout Galway City and County.

Speaking about GMR’s Autumn/Winter programme and the build up to Galway’s year as European Capital of Culture, GMR’s Artistic Chair Jane O’Leary announced the launch of an exciting new Lunchtime series entitled From Europe with Love. This ambitious three-year project, housed in St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, will explore the repertoire for string quartet from the 27 European Union member countries over three series of monthly lunchtime concerts, spanning from September 2018 to June 2021 (the first Tuesday of every month Sep-June excepting January). With other favourite series such as 3 Saturdays: 3 Kinds of Music sponsored by LK Shields Solicitors and curated by Matthew Berrill, as well as ConTempo Countywide, there is plenty to look forward to for Galway audiences of all ages and locations in the autumn and winter months.

Other highlights will include the world premiere of composer Greg Caffrey’s new piece for String Quartet, co-commissioned by Galway City Council, on 23 November at 8.30pm in the Mick Lally Theatre. This premiere will feature as part of Music & Musings, GMR’s series celebrating new music and conversations with artists and composers.

Following on from the extremely successful screening of Nosferatu last Halloween, ConTempo Quartet will perform a live score at a screening of Buster Keaton’s The General – the 1927 silent action-adventure-comedy depicting the true story of an escaped train during the American Civil War. This unique event, taking place in the O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre & Performance, NUI Galway on Tuesday 30 October at 7pm, is a rare chance to see one of the greatest films ever made accompanied by live music from an internationally renowned ensemble. Suitable for all ages.

Education will continue to play a significant part in the Galway Music Residency’s activities this season. At the forefront of the Education programme, the Apprentice Ensemble scheme continues to provide mentorship to emerging groups. This year, in addition to three selected university-level ensembles, ConTempo Quartet will be working with its very first ‘junior ensemble’ the Voldemort Quartet, who charmed attendees of the launch with an uplifting performance. GMR also announced that it will be partnering with Music for Galway to provide the Apprentice Ensembles with additional masterclasses from visiting artists as part of Music for Galway’s International concert series.

ConTempo Quartet will continue its work with NUI Galway, engaging with the students of the MA in Writing, the university orchestras and not least the inaugural students of the new BA in Music, which launches next month. It will also continue to work with GMIT students and staff on a series of collaborative workshops and projects. At secondary school level, GMR is currently developing a workshop focused on Gerald Barry’s Piano Quartet, a set work on the Leaving Cert Syllabus. ConTempo Quartet will also continue to mentor the members of Sym-Phonic Waves, the new youth orchestral for the West of Ireland conceived under the Galway2020 Capital of Culture Bid.

A new Education strand will see the organisation working with Ballybane, Westside and Galway City Library Book Clubs on a ‘Life-long Learning’ project, exploring the links between literature and music.

For further information on GMR’s programme of events, click here or pick up an Event Programme today.

This event was kindly sponsored by Woodberry Wines and Masterchefs Hospitality. Food was by TGO Falafel.

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