The Academy Remembers….

Welcome to The Academy Remembers – an online exhibition space designed to highlight materials  from the historic collections of the library and archives of the Royal Irish Academy of Music and to bring the rich history of our institution into the present.

Royal Irish Academy of Music Orchestra, conducted T. R. G. Jozé, in the Royal University Concert Hall (now the NCH), 1899


Music in Joyce’s Dubliners, our third exhibition, marks the centenary of the publication of James Joyce’s collection Dubliners in 1914, using images from our archives and special collections. This is in conjunction with the 2014 Culture Night presentation of readings and songs from Dubliners performed by singing students of the RIAM held in the library.

RIAM Cellists and Composers, the second in our series of online exhibitions, explores the lives and careers of two Academy Cello Professors, Joseph Schofield and Clyde Twelvetrees. Both men wrote compositions for the cello which were inspired by traditional Irish melodies and dances. Current Academy teacher, Dr Annette Cleary, has examined the use of traditional Irish music in classical repertoire for cello, and this exhibition is extracted from a paper she gave at the ‘New Crops, Old Fields: (Re)imagining Irish Folklore’ conference in Queen’s University Belfast, 5th-7th September, 2013.

The Academy Remembers series started in April 2013 with the online exhibition The Symphony in Ireland which reflected the growth of symphonic music in Ireland through exhibits from the RIAM’s music collections. This was planned to coincide with a DIT hosted symposium on the Symphony and Ireland (20 April 2013, DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama). The symposium was prompted by the discovery of a complete set of parts of Paul Alday’s Symphony no. 1, the first symphony composed in Ireland.