Early Music Performance

Memorial plaque on our organ dedicated to Elizabeth Strean-Coulson whose bequest enabled the foundation of RIAM.

Memorial plaque on our organ dedicated to Elizabeth Strean-Coulson whose bequest enabled the foundation of RIAM.

The Royal Irish Academy of Music is committed to founding Ireland’s very first Historical Performance Department to enable our students to gain an historically-informed approach to music from the 16th– 18th centuries. We have some exceptionally talented early music performers and educators on our faculty and some very enthusiastic students waiting in the wings.  All that is lacking for us to support this dynamic team is a suite of period instruments to teach with, perform on and loan to students.  We would like to raise €50,000 to complete our goal.  If you would like to know more, please e-mail audreyphelan@riam.ie .  To donate now, please click through to our secure online payments system.

The instruments that we wish to purchase to add to our existing collection include:

  • Two Baroque ViolinsScores from the RIAM Library
  • One Baroque Viola
  • One Baroque Cello
  • Two Baroque Oboes
  • Two Baroque Flutes
  • One Natural Horn
  • Two Natural Trumpets
  • A consort of Renaissance Recorders
  • Two Renaissance Lutes
  • A Theorbo
  • Twelve Bows

We have identified a room of outstanding architectural beauty within our premises on Westland Row to house the Early Music Room.  This inspiring space is the centre of activity for lessons and the permanent home of our period instrument collection. The ceiling paintings in this room are probably by Peter de Grée, a Dutch artist living in London who worked in Ireland from 1785 to 1789.  Surely a fitting space for this wonderful music for generations to come.

The Royal Irish Academy of Music is a registered charity CHY 1794