Rosalind Ventris

'RIAM—Live from the Living Room' Series Launches with Livestream Performance by Rosalind Ventris

Published: 31st Mar, 2020

While the building of the Royal Irish Academy of Music itself may not be alive to the sound of music at present, the Academy has unveiled a new performance initiative entitled 'RIAM—Live from the Living Room' to help lift spirits at this difficult time.

The initiative will bring uplifting music from the living rooms of RIAM musicians to yours, bringing us together as an online audience while we stay safely apart. The livestream concert series kicked off with a wonderful inaugural performance by RIAM faculty member and violist Rosalind Ventris—alongside her husband, Chapel Choir Director and lecturer in Music at Kings College London, Joseph Fort, on Monday 30th March, with the pair treating us to a short programme of Bach, Fauré, and Grażyna Bacewicz from their own home.

Distinguished pianist and RIAM alumnus, Finghin Collins had announced the series in the previous week on Facebook and Twitter, giving online audiences a taste of the musical potpourri in store. Garlanding the announcement and to whet musical appetites for what is to come, Finghin gave an inspiring performance of Chopin’s lyrical Nocturne in F sharp minor, op 15 no 2. He himself is one of a number of guests who will perform in the series for online audiences from the safety and quiet of their own homes in the weeks ahead. 

Coming to you via Facebook Live on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.00 pm, the series will see staff, students, alumni, and special guests perform musical vignettes of hope and joy, live from their living rooms.