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MTU Cork School of Music is proud to operate an Artists in Residence programme whereby distinguished professional artists visit and perform at the School, sharing their expertise and artistry with the next generation of performers.

Barry Douglas, piano

Barry Douglas has established a major international career since winning the Gold Medal at the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition, Moscow. As Artistic Director of Camerata Ireland, the only all-Ireland orchestra, and the Clandeboye Festival, his aim is to nurture new young talent from Ireland whilst also maintaining a busy international touring schedule.

Barry regularly tours with Camerata Ireland throughout the world and visited the US in the spring of 2018. Highlights of past seasons were Camerata Ireland’s début at the BBC Proms in London and a world premiere of a new cantata commissioned by The Honourable The Irish Society, “At Sixes and Sevens”, alongside the London Symphony Orchestra to celebrate Derry-Londonderry becoming City of Culture 2013. Most recently, Camerata Ireland completed a residency at the National Concert Hall in 2019/2020 coinciding with their twentieth anniversary.

Recent tours for Barry as pianist have included Argentina, Brazil, Australia, Poland, Russia, UK, Italy, Japan, Ireland and the USA. In 2016/17, he marked the thirtieth anniversary of his Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition win with Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto performances with the London Symphony Orchestra, with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland in Dublin, and the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast.

A highly sought after recitalist and chamber musician, Barry has given performances across the globe from the Royal Albert, Barbican and Wigmore Halls and the Verbier Festival, to the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, Grand Theatre in Shanghai and other cities in China. Barry is an exclusive Chandos recording artist. He recently completed a six-album recording of the complete solo piano works of Brahms. His current recording projects focus on solo piano works of Schubert, Tchaikovsky and other Russian composers. Also with Chandos, Barry is exploring Irish folk music through his own arrangements: Celtic Reflections (2014) and Celtic Airs (2016).

Barry Douglas received the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2002 New Year’s Honours List for services to music.

Madrigal '75

Founded in 1975, Madrigal '75 vocal ensemble performs repertory from the 14th-century right through to contemporary choral works, both sacred and secular, including first performances of new commissions.

In competition, Madrigal '75 has twice won the Carols for Christmas competitions on RTÉlyric FM, in addition to Best Choir at the Montreux Festival, several Best Performances and First Prize awards at successive Cork International Choral Festivals, including the Irish Choir of the Year award. In 2013, Madrigal '75 returned to Montreux and was the highest-placed choir in the mixed-voice category. In its almost 50-year history, the choir has performed with several of Ireland’s leading ensembles, including the RTÉ Vanbrugh String Quartet and the Orchestra of St Cecilia. The choir has presented both the opening and closing concerts of the prestigious East Cork Early Music Festival as well as being invited to present the atmospheric Evocations Concert for the Cork International Choral Festival in 2014, and again in May 2019.

Marking the choir’s 40th anniversary in 2015, Madrigal '75 performed the Gala Opening Concert for the Cork International Choral Festival that year, followed by a very successful trip to Spain in 2016. The choir performed Bach’s St John Passion as part of the East Cork Early Music Festival in 2018, and in 2019 toured Cork, Dublin, Limerick, Glasgow and Edinburgh. In February 2021, Madrigal '75 launched their CD 'Wondrous Love, Songs from Then and Now’, a retrospective collection of original recordings from 2004, 2012 and 2017.

Since January 2007, Madrigal '75 has been directed by James Taylor, organist and harpsichordist, who, having held posts in the UK, New Zealand and Canada, now lectures at MTU Cork School of Music.

 

Semester Timeline

Date

Jan Mon 16

Semester 2 commences

Jun Wed 20

Academic Year finishes

Jun Tue 5

MEBs

May Mon 28

Advanced Recital Competition final

May Sat 26

Advanced Recital Competition prelims

May Mon 7

Degree Assessments & Examinations

May Fri 4

Semester 2 Lectures end* (confirm BATDS)

Apr Thu 12

Degree Entrance Tests for CAO Applicants

Mar Mon 26

Easter Holidays

Mar Sat 24

Professional Studies 2 (MA in Performance, Conducting and Composition, Year 1)

Mar Fri 23

Degree classes finish for Easter Break

Mar Sat 17

School Closed for St Patricks weekend

Feb Sat 24

Professional Studies 2 (MA in Performance, Conducting and Composition, Year 1)

Feb Mon 12

Reading Week

Jan Sat 27

Professional Studies 2 (MA in Performance, Conducting and Composition, Year 1)

Jan Mon 15

MEBs

Semester 2 Lectures commence (confirm BATDS)

Jan Mon 8

Degree Performance Assessments

Dec Mon 18

Degree Assessments & Examinations

Dec Fri 15

Semester 1 Lectures end

Nov Sat 25

Professional Studies 1 (MA in Performance, Conducting and Composition, Year 1)

Nov Sat 18

Open Day for CSM Undergraduate Degree Courses

Oct Mon 30

Reading Week

Oct Thu 26

Conferring Ceremony

Oct Sat 21

Professional Studies 1 (MA in Performance, Conducting and Composition, Year 1)

Sep Sat 23

Professional Studies 1 (MA in Performance, Conducting and Composition, Year 1)

Sep Mon 11

Semester 1 classes and lessons commence for all full-time students

Sep Fri 1

Academic Year commences

Aug Thu 31

Registration for 1st year undergraduate and Masters Degrees

Jan Wed 4

BATDS Year 4 recommences

Oct Thu 27

CSM Awards Ceremony for full-time students

Sep Mon 5

Registration for Years 2 - 4 BMus, BATDS, BAPM & Class Meetings

Induction of MA/MSc in Music & Technology

Induction of MA (Performance/Conducting/Composition)

MEBs

Aug Mon 15

Autumn Examinations

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Semester Timeline

Date

Jun Sat 16

Individual lessons Finish

May Mon 28

Grade Examination Week

Musicianship Exam Fortnight

Advanced Recital Competition Final

May Sat 26

Advanced Recital Competition Prelims

May Mon 7

Chamber Music Competition Week

Apr Mon 9

Classes recommence

Mar Mon 26

Easter Holidays

Mar Tue 20

Classes recommence

Mar Sat 17

School Closed for St Patricks weekend

Mar Sun 4

Senior Recital Competition Final

Feb Mon 19

Classes recommence

Feb Mon 12

Mid-term Break2

Feb Sun 11

Junior Recital Competition Final 15:00

Feb Fri 9

Junior Recital Competition Prelims

Jan Fri 19

Term 2 Fees due

Jan Mon 8

All teaching re-commences

Dec Fri 22

Classes & lessons for part-time students finish

Dec Mon 11

Piano Accompaniment Competition Week

Dec Fri 1

Junior Concerto

Nov Mon 6

Classes recommence

Oct Mon 30

Mid-term Break1

Oct Fri 20

CSM Awards Ceremony

Sep Mon 11

Bands, Choirs, Orchestras, Drama group rehearsals commence

Sep Fri 1

Academic Year commences

Mar Tue 14

Application forms available for all part-time courses commencing in September 2016 (accepted from 9am)

Mar Fri 10

Open Day for part-time courses - schedule available from public office during February

Mar Thu 2

Senior Recital Competition Prelims

Feb Tue 14

Senior Concerto

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