2013 will see some significant musical anniversaries being marked in the RIAM by a number of exciting projects.

Benjamin Britten was born 100 years ago, reflected in a number of events: currently in the Project Arts Centre is the RIAM Opera Studio production of Albert Herring which is running for a further two nights on Thursday 17th and Saturday 19th January. If you are planning on going you may want to get a flavour of the work by checking out the library DVD or CD of the opera.

Later on in the year the RIAM Orchestra will perform the Young person’s guide to the orchestra in the NCH on 4 March, and the second of the RIAM Opera Briefs season will include a staged version of Britten’s Phaedra in the Lir Academy on 25th – 27th March.

Nicholas Roerich’s design for the original production of the Rite of Spring

This year is also the centenary of some landmarks of 20th century music. The tumultuous premiere of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring took place in 1913. To mark this, the ever innovative Kirkos Ensemble will be presenting the Rite reworked for string trio along with live visuals in the Odessa Club, Dublin on 29th May.

It is also 100 years since Alban Berg completed his Three Orchestral Pieces. The RIAM is marking this with a Berg Day on 20th February, which will offer a chance to hear the world premiere of a two-piano version by RIAM Composition Professor Kevin O’Connell. There will also be a lecture by renowned Berg scholar Douglas Jarman.