This Friday, 24th March, the Royal Irish Academy of Music celebrates female composers, performers and teachers.

Saluting the Feminists

The world première of Siobhán Cleary’s opera, Vampirella, affords the Royal Irish Academy of Music an opportunity to celebrate the legacy of some of its female pedagogues and also salute female composers from Ireland. On March 24th the Academy proudly presents a series of fringe events comprising concerts, talks and panel discussions to highlight the extraordinary impact women composers, performers and teachers have had, and continue to have, in Ireland. The day-long celebration culminates in a performance of Cleary’s powerful new opera, written specifically for the talented singers and instrumentalists of the RIAM and funded by an Arts Council Project Award.


10 am: Panel Discussion
Women and Music in Ireland in the 19th and 20th Century
Ita Beausang and Laura Watson in conversation with Jennifer O’Connor-Madsen

11:11 Coffee Concert
Siobhán Cleary: Leda and the Swan
Gráinne Mulvey: Calorescence
Thérèse Fahy, piano
A selection of songs by Irish female composers performed by Sylvia O’Brien and Dearbhla Collins

Post-Concert Discussion
Linda O’Shea Farren, Communications and Project Manager for the Contemporary Music Centre, in conversation with a selection of featured composers and performers.

3 pm: Panel Discussion
Past members of staff from the RIAM Keyboard Faculty, in conversation with RIAM Director, Deborah Kelleher

6:00 pm: Evening Concert
Jane O’Leary: Murmors and Echoes
Amanda Feery: Rattle 
Ailís Ní Ríain: End With Words Of Hope
Deirdre McKay: The Fly
Linda Buckley: Liquid Mercury
Gráinne Mulvey: The Seafarer
Rhona Clarke: Season-Song

Elizabeth Hilliard, soprano
Paul Roe, clarinet
Dearbhla Brosnan, piano