Music & Musings: a lesson in life-long learning

In May and June, GMR presented its second series of Music & Musings in association with the ConTemporary Music Centre in the Black Gate Cultural Centre. Breaking down the barriers so often associated with contemporary music, the series continues to fascinate Galway audiences.

Each event focused on the work of a contemporary Irish Composer, paired with complimentary pieces. The series featured composers Ian Wilson and Deirdre McKay. The experience of exploring their works was intensified by their presence at the events, and their explanation of the inspiration, format and aims behind the compositions. Furthermore, the musicians gave valuable insight into the process of learning contemporary works in consultation with living composers. The audience was involved in the conversation and had the opportunity to ask the questions we all consider when first branching out into contemporary listening, making the connection to music that we crave.

The next series of Music & Musings will take place in November this year and will feature the World Premiere of Greg Caffrey's new work for string quartet, recently commissioned by the Galway Music Residency and Galway City Council.

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