The DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, in association with the Society for Musicology in Ireland & the National Library of Ireland, are hosting a one-day symposium on the Symphony and Ireland, tomorrow 9.30 – 5.00. More details are available on the DIT Conservatory’s website.

The  symposium aims to examine the context and trajectory of the symphony in, and of, Ireland. It will bring together leading international academics and contemporary Irish symphonic composers to facilitate a contextual discourse on the composition and consumption of the genre in Ireland.

This symposium prompted by the recent discovery of the parts for the first-known symphony composed in Ireland, uncovered in the National Library of Ireland by RISM Ireland/DIT researchers. The symphony was composed in Dublin by the French composer Paul Alday c1816 and was one of two he wrote during this period. Prior to this discovery, the library of the Royal Irish Academy of Music held only incomplete parts, but the newly uncovered parts provide a complete set for performance. These parts have been digitally transcribed by students of the DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama in preparation for the first performance of this symphony since the early nineteenth century.

In conjunction with this, the Royal Irish Academy of Music Library will be providing a virtual exhibition on theme of the Symphony in Ireland, with images taken from the library’s historic collections.