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Sunlight & Shadow A celebration of the music of Frederick May


The Contemporary Music Centre, Dublin Institute of Technology Conservatory of Music and Drama & RTÉ Performing Groups present

Sunlight and Shadow – A celebration of the music of Frederick May (1911-1985)

Saturday 12 November 2:30 – 5:30pm
McCann Hall, DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, Chatham Row, Dublin 2



With contributions from leading Irish voices on Frederick May, his work, life and influence on the development of Irish music, the afternoon marks the centenary year of the composer’s birth and features an opening address from multi award winning author Colm Tóibín, workshop performances from the RTÉ Vanburgh Quartet,  alongside an overview of his work from Dr Mark Fitzgerald, lecturer at DIT.


Often described as one of the most innovative and pioneering composers of his generation, composer Frederick May is regarded by many as one of the founding fathers of Irish music in the Twentieth Century. This celebration features workshop performances of several of May’s works, including extracts from hisString Quartet (1935), and Four Romantic Songs (1933).

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