Brian Boydell Centenary Conference

Call For Papers: Brian Boydell Centenary Conference
Friday 23 – Saturday 24 June 2017
The Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin
CFP Deadline: Friday 3 February 2017

Contact: boydell100@gmail.com

Born in Dublin in 1917, Brian Boydell was one of Ireland’s major 20th century composers. 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 conference will be held on Friday 23/Saturday 24 June 2017 in The Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin, with a recital of his music in the Royal Irish Academy of Music, to re-evaluate 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. Confirmed speakers are Professor Barra Boydell, who will give a special address, and Peter Murray, Director of the Crawford Art Gallery Cork, who will present a guest lecture on Brian Boydell’s paintings.

Proposals are invited for the following:

  • Individual papers
  • Joint papers (maximum 2 speakers)
  • Lecture recitals
  • Themed sessions
  • Panel discussions (up to a maximum of 6 speakers)

Proposal details:

All proposals should be submitted as one file in Microsoft Word or PDF format:

Individual papers of 20 minutes in duration followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion. Proposals should include:

  • title of paper
  • abstract of no more than 250 words
  • name, contact details and affiliation
  • a brief biography (max. 100 words)
  • any technical requirements

Joint papers of 20 minutes in duration followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion. Proposals should include:

  • overall title of presentation and abstract (max. 150 words)
  • titles of individual papers
  • individual abstracts of no more than 250 words
  • names, contact details and affiliations
  • a brief biography for each presenter (max. 100 words)
  • any technical requirements

Lecture recitals of 30 minutes (including performance) followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion. Proposals should include:

  • overall title of lecture recital and abstract/proposal of no more than 250 words
  • name(s), contact detail(s) and affiliation(s)
  • a brief biography for each presenter (max. 100 words)
  • any technical requirements

Themed sessions of 90 minutes (3 papers) or 120 minutes (4 papers) including questions and discussion, and Panel discussions of 90 minutes (up to a max. of 6 speakers, each presenting a position paper followed by questions and discussion). Proposals should include:

  • overall title of presentation and abstract/proposal (max. 250 words)
  • titles of individual papers and abstracts of no more than 250 words
  • name, contact details and affiliation of convenor
  • names, contact details and affiliations of proposed presenters
  • a brief biography for the session/panel convenor and each proposed presenter (max. 100 words each)
  • any technical requirements

Deadline for submission of proposals is Friday 3 February 2017.

All proposals should be submitted as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment to Dr Barbara Jillian Dignam by email at boydell100@gmail.com It is envisaged that notification of the conference committee’s decision will be communicated by March 2017. A conference website will be launched shortly.

Proposals might consider (but are not limited to) Brian Boydell’s contributions under any of the following areas:

  • the re-examination and assessment of his compositions – individually and collectively – and their place within Irish music of the 20th century and the wider context
  • his musicology and other writings
  • his work as a performer: conductor of the Dublin Orchestral Players for over twenty years, founder and director of the Dowland Consort, singer, oboist, and occasional conductor of the Radio Éireann/RTÉ Symphony Orchestra
  • his teaching, professorship at TCD, public lectures, adjudicating at music festivals and numerous radio and television broadcasts
  • as agitator for music, through the Music Association of Ireland, the Arts Council, Forás Éireann and other bodies to which he contributed
  • his place within the wider context of Irish artistic and cultural life in the 20th century

Brian Boydell’s papers, including his original scores, musical notebooks, radio broadcast scripts, and his extensive correspondence with musicians, musical and cultural bodies, and others covering many decades in Irish musical life, are held in the library of Trinity College Dublin and remain a largely untapped resource. The Contemporary Music Centre also holds copies of his scores. His work as an artist in the early 1940s before he devoted himself fully to music were highlighted in the recent exhibition ‘The Language of Dreams’ at the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork. See also Gareth Cox, Axel Klein and Michael Taylor (eds.) The life and music of Brian Boydell (2004), and the Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland (EMIR).

Conference committee:

Prof. Barra Boydell, Dr Barbara Jillian Dignam (Chair, Maynooth University), Dr Kerry Houston (DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama), Roy Stanley (Trinity College Dublin), Marie Moran (Royal Irish Academy of Music), Dr Gareth Cox (Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick)

For further information on the conference, submission process or any other queries, please contact the conference committee chair, Dr Barbara Jillian Dignam, at boydell100@gmail.com

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