The full conference programme (including concerts) is available to view below and may also be downloaded in PDF format here: Brian Boydell Centenary Conference + Concerts Programme


12:30 – 1:00 Registration

1:00 – 1:45 Lunchtime Concert
Presented by the DIT Harp Ensemble with Clíona Doris, and introduced by Denise Kelly-McDonnell

1:45 – 2:00 Welcome Address
Barbara Jillian Dignam and Barra Boydell

2:00 – 3:15 Lecture-Recitals I
Chair: Lorraine Byrne Bodley
Clíona Doris – A Pack of Fancies for a Travelling Harper op. 66 (1970): Context, Reception and Performance
Sylvia O’Brien – Melody, text and compositional styles in Brian Boydell’s vocal works with solo voice

3:15 – 3:30 Refreshments

3:30 – 4:45 Boydell as Musicologist
Chair: Gerard Gillen
Ellen O’Flaherty – Listing the papers of Brian Boydell (TCD MS 11128): An archivist’s perspective
Ita Beausang – Bringing to life the spirit of an age: Brian Boydell and musical life in eighteenth-century Dublin
Catherine Ferris – The Dublin Music Trade Project: Past, Present & Future

4:45 – 6:00 Lecture-Recitals II
Chair: Denise Neary
Aylish Kerrigan – Exploring the early songs of Brian Boydell [accompanied by Dearbhla Collins]
Páidí Ó Dubháin – Five Joyce Songs op. 28 (1946) [accompanied by Manuel Beja Santos]

6:00 – 7:30 Break

7:30 – 8:00 Publication Launch
Launch by Eibhlís Farrell of Anne-Marie O’Farrell’s The Lauding Ear by Anne-Marie O’Farrell and Confrontations in a Cathedral by Brian Boydell
Reception sponsored by the Royal Irish Academy of Music

8:00 – 9:00 Concert
Introduced by Deborah Kelleher



9:30 – 10:45 Boydell as Composer I
Chair: Gareth Cox
Philip Graydon – ‘White Stag’ Embodied: Boydell’s The Feather of Death, op. 22 (1943)
Shauna Caffrey – ‘Avert thy Smitings’: A Study of Brian Boydell’s Magh Sleacht, op. 29 (1947)

10:45 – 11:15 Refreshments

11:15 – 11:45 Conference Address
Prof Barra Boydell with video message from Dr Mary Robinson, Chancellor of Trinity College Dublin
Chair: Barbara Jillian Dignam

11:45 – 12:30 Guest Lecture: Peter Murray
Director, Crawford Art Gallery Cork – Brian Boydell’s paintings and the artistic milieu in Ireland in the early 1940s
Chair: Cormac Boydell

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch

1:30 – 3:00 Boydell as Educator and Advocate
Chair: Simon Tresize
Niall Doyle – Authority, Advocacy and Activism: Strengthening music in Irish life and culture
Teresa O’Donnell – A voice for Irish art music: Brian Boydell and the Music Association of Ireland
Gerard Gillen – Audi Chorum Organicum

3.00 – 3:30 Refreshments

3:30 – 4:30 Boydell as Composer II
Chair: Barbara Jillian Dignam
Mary Louise O’Donnell – Heavenly harps, heavenly cloths: The musical collaborations of Brian Boydell and Gráinne Yeats
Laura Anderson – Sounding the Landscape: Brian Boydell’s score for Patrick Carey’s films Yeats Country op. 57 (1965) and Errigal op. 63 (1968)

4:30 – 6:00 Roundtable
Chair: Martin Adams
Panel: Gareth Cox, Eric Sweeney, Kevin O’Connell, Fergus Johnston, Joseph Ryan

6:00 Closing Remarks
Documentary Screening
All My Enthusiasms, Anne Makower (1997)
Reception sponsored by the Society for Musicology in Ireland