Music and Musings at the Black Gate Galway

The Galway Music Residency continues its 2019 autumn series of Music & Musings in partnership with the Contemporary Music Centre. This series of concerts features ConTempo Quartet with emerging and established composers from Ireland exploring new music. The series allows the composers to share their insights and inspiration with the audience in an intimate setting, offering opportunities for all to understand today’s musical creations. These are rare and special encounters with our current composers working in Ireland today, played with passion by ConTempo Quartet.

The second concert of Music & Musings on Thursday 14th November will feature celebrated Irish composer Marian Ingoldsby with her work ‘Struck by a raindrop’, first premiered in 1999 by the Jupiter String Quartet.

Her piece will be complemented by additional works played by the Quartet, with excerpts from Britten’s ‘String Quartet no. 3’.

Both performances will be punctuated by discussion between composers, artists and listeners who are more than welcome to interact with questions about the music.

The evening will be chaired by John Caulfield, NUI Galway.

Marian Ingoldsby was born in Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary. She studied composition with Gerald Barry at University College, Cork, graduating with an MA in Composition and winning the Fleischmann Prize in 1995. She is currently a lecturer in the music department of Waterford Institute of Technology.

Tickets for these unique events cost €10/€5 and can be purchased at or at the door subject to availability.

Musing and Musings is a unique opportunity to engage with modern Irish composers. The Journal of Music said of September’s session with Seán Doherty, that The Devil’s Dream was a vibrant piece with a clever use of fiddle triplets, foot stamping and session feel- ‘Don’t be afraid of using elements of your heritage.’

Upcoming in Music and Musing on Thursday 5th December is the world premiere of Ed Bennett’s new composition which forms a special commission from Contemporary Music Centre, Galway Music Residency and Galway City Arts Office. Watch out for further details!

This series is kindly supported by the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO), an entity focused, among other programmes, on developing cultural initiatives to promote music creation, culture and cultural diversity. The Galway Music Residency is also supported by NUI Galway, the Arts Council, Galway City and County Councils and GMIT. For further information, visit or call 091586706.

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