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Between the Lines @TU Dublin Conservatoire

A series of in-depth interviews with members of our music and drama faculty to mark the 130th anniversary of the Conservatoire, Between the Lines explores pedagogy and the Irish Arts scene. The first episode in the series features harpist, Denise Kelly-McDonnell as she speaks about her career and her love of teaching.

The second episode in the series features drama lecturer, Pete Mc Dermott. Originally from New York, Pete moved to Dublin in 1991 and since then has been active in Irish Theatre scene, in addition to his role in the drama department of TU Dublin Conservatoire.

In a special, Christmas edition, of Between the Lines, Conservatoire lecturer and virtuoso accordion player, Dermot Dunne, chats about his career in music, newly composed music for his instrument, and his involvement in music education.

In this episode of Between the Lines, we move to our new campus in Grangegorman for a chat about life as an opera singer with mezzo soprano and Conservatoire lecturer, Colette McGahon-Tosh

We travelled to Gorey, Co. Wexford to meet with uilleann piper and Conservatoire lecturer, Mark Redmond for this episode of Between the Lines. Mark treats us to a few tunes in addition to chatting about his love of piping.

To mark the end of TU Dublin Conservatoire's 130th Birthday year, the final instalment of Between the Lines, shot in our new Recital Hall at Grangegorman, featured Conservatoire Piano Lecturer Shirin Goudarzi Tobin who tells of her journey from Tehran Conservatory to Vienna and Dublin

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Dr Robert Harvey, musician and academic, speaks to Laoise O'Brien about the Art of Lilting and his mission to preserve this fascinating form of music-making in traditional Irish music.

Recorded on 10th July, 2020.

Peter Browne, broadcaster, educator and uilleann piper speaks to Laoise O'Brien about piping in Ireland from the 1950s through to today and includes performances of pieces that have a particular resonance for him.
Recorded on 25th February, 2020.

Italian multi-instrumentalist, Francesco Turrisi, moved to Ireland in 2006 and since then he has been catapulted to international recognition and has graced the stages of concert halls and festivals throughout the globe. In this episode he chats to Laoise O'Brien about various drums that he plays, and explains what whales and spiders have to do with playing percussion.

Mairead Hurley is Head of Vocal, Opera and Drama studies at the TU Dublin Conservatoire. This busy department has been the training ground for many of Ireland’s finest singers over the course of its one hundred and thirty year history. In this episode Mairead speaks to Laoise O'Brien about what sparked her passion for opera and what goes into training a young singer for a career on the stage.

Dr Michael O’Toole is a classical guitarist from Dublin. Michael has performed extensively throughout Ireland and the US and recently published a biography on the internationally acclaimed guitarist, John Williams. In this episode Michael speaks to Laoise O'Brien about some of the technical considerations of playing the guitar and performs 'Cavatina' by Stanley Myers and the 'Finale from Sonata op. 47 for Guitar' by Alberto Ginastera.

Since moving here from the United States in 2005,

Dr Julie Maisel has become part of the fabric of musical life in Ireland through her work as a musician and an educator. In this episode we hear extracts from her album 'The flute music of Luigi Zaninelli'. Julie also chats to Laoise O'Brien about her musical training in the States and what brought her to Ireland.


Whirligig is a series of interviews where Laoise O'Brien meets with friends from the music industry. In this episode, Italian musician, Francesco Turrisi speaks about his piano career and his album, 

'Northern Migrations'.

Video by Saskia Vermeulen
Sound by Ben Rawlins

Classical guitarist, Michael O'Toole speaks about his autobiography of John Williams in part one of this episode. In part two, Michael shares some insights into guitar techniques. We also hear performances of Stanley Myers' Cavatina and a movement from Ginastera's Sonata op. 47.

Laoise O'Brien meets with Oisín Walsh-Peelo and Aoife Ní Mhórdha to discuss the music scene in Ireland and to hear two original compositions from Oisín's O Deer project.

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