Born in Dublin in 1917, Brian Boydell was one of Ireland’s major composers of the 20th century. As a musicologist, he published seminal research on music in 18th century Dublin. As a broadcaster, performer, adjudicator, public lecturer, an often outspoken agitator for music, singing teacher, Professor of Music at Trinity College Dublin, one of the founders of the Music Association of Ireland and long-time member of the Arts Council, his influence on music and music education in Ireland was significant. An honorary DMus of the National University of Ireland (1974) and Fellow of the Royal Irish Academy of Music (1990), he was elected to Aosdána, the affiliation of creative artists in Ireland, in 1984.
To mark his centenary, a celebratory conference will be held on Friday 23 June in the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Saturday 24 June in Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin. This two-day event will include papers, recitals, an exhibition of Boydell’s paintings, a screening of All My Enthusiasms, a publication launch, and an evening concert of his music, all re-evaluating his contributions to Irish musical, artistic and academic life, and their place within the wider contexts of musical, cultural and artistic developments in Ireland in the 20th century.