Upcoming Events

Thursday 06 November, 11:00 am - Ó Riada Hall, Music Building, UCC

Research Seminar - Prof. Daniel Leech-Wilkinson

Prof. Daniel Leech-Wilkinson, Kings College London
“Classical Music: Utopia or Police State?”

The performance of western classical music is surrounded by obligations: to the composer, to the work, to tradition. None of these has a plausible ethical or historical basis. The composer is (usually long) dead and cannot be harmed; the composer’s intentions are unknowable; his expectations are unknown until the invention of sound recording; recordings document changes in performance style so great that the very notion of what is ‘musical’ is revealed as historically contingent. In this context the notion of a ‘work’ is meaningless since nothing but the notes remain unchanged, and recordings show that the notes can sound very different and therefore generate very different meanings in the minds of listeners. Tradition is clearly a fantasy. Recordings show that…more details

Friday 07 November, 1:10 pm - Aula Maxima, UCC

The Chieftans

The Chieftans

Admission is free and by ticket only. Tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis only,at the UCC Visitors Centre, UCC, from 3 pm on October 31. Limit of 2 tickets per person.


The Chieftains make a rare appearance at UCC to mark the 10th season of the FUAIM series. The internationally renowned ensemble last appeared at UCC in 1989, at the Aula Maxima, as part of The Irish Harp Festival, which was organised by the student-run, Irish Traditional Music Society.

Six-time Grammy Award winners, The Chieftains, have been highly recognized for reinventing traditional Irish music on a contemporary and International scale. Their ability to transcend musical boundaries to blend tradition with modern music has notably hailed them as one of the most renowned and revered musical groups to this day.
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Wednesday 12 November, 6:00 pm - Theatre Development Centre, Triskel Christchurch

Perforum - Gerard Stembridge

Gerard Stembridge is from Limerick. He has written and directed theatre and film for the last thirty years, Guiltrip, About Adam, Lovechild, The Gay Detective and The Whiteheaded boy being highlights. As well as Scrap Saturday he has also written extensively for radio. His novels are According to Luke, Counting Down and Unspoken. His latest novel The Effect of Her was published summer 2013

Admission free
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Friday 14 November, 1:10 pm - St. Fin Barre's Cathedral

FUAIM at the Cathedral: Niall Vallely, UCC Traditional Artist in Residence 2014-15

FUAIM at the Cathedral: Niall Vallely, UCC Traditional Artist in Residence 2014-15

We are delighted to present a concert featuring the recently appointed UCC Traditional Artist In Residence 2014-15, Niall Vallely.
Internationally renowned as performer and composer Niall will be joined by long-time musical collaborators Gerry McKee, Frank Torpey, Caoimhin Vallely and Brian Morrissey for this special concert at St Fin Barre's Cathedral.

This concert will coincide with the publication of a book of new tunes composed by Niall. The book will feature over 100 tunes composed by Niall over the past 25 years since he came to Cork to study music at U.C.C. and this performance will feature a selection of the tunes spanning that period. Niall will be joined by some of his closest friends and musical collaborators including former members of Nomos - Gerry McKee and Frank Torpey -…more details

Thursday 20 November, 11:00 am - Ó Riada Hall, Music Building, UCC

Research Seminar - Dr. Derek Foott

Dr. Derek Foott, University College Cork
“Little Thing, Big Thing: Small Sounds, Forgotten Sounds, and Data Sonification”

Derek Foott (PhD & MA, University College Cork; BA, University of Hull) is an intermedia composer working in the field of computer programming, electronic and acousmatic music, and interactive visuals. He co-founded CAVE (Cork Audio-Visual Ensemble) with Jeffrey Weeter in 2013, and recently performed at the International Computer Music Conference in Athens (September 2014). His work has premiered at the National Concert Hall (Dublin), Irish Film Institute, the Bluecoat (Liverpool), and York New Music Festival. Derek is currently a research affiliate with University College Cork, Ireland, where he teaches creative music technology. He specialises in electroacoustic and algorithmic composition, swarm intelligence, multimedia, live electronics, and interactive technologies. With interests in ecology, stigmergy, data sonification,…more details

Friday 21 November, 1:10 pm - Aula Maxima, UCC

UCC Choir with Karan Casey

UCC Choir with Karan Casey

This week’s Friday Lunchtime concert features an exciting collaboration between the UCC Choir, under the direction of Dr. Eva McMullan, and renowned singer and songwriter Karan Casey, presenting a unique fusion of choral and folk music.
Karan Casey has long been one of the most innovative provocative and imitated voices in Irish traditional and folk music. Her career has spanned twenty five years from the early days as a jazz performer in George’s Bistro in Dublin to her heady days in New York with the band Solas to her now established solo career and she has sold over half a million albums.
Karan released her first album with the group Solas, which quickly became the most celebrated Irish band in the U.S., and her four years with the group were pivotal. Since embarking on her solo career Karan has released 6 solo albums, a duo album (with John Doyle), an…more details