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RTÉ Lyric 10th Anniversary Celebrations at UL


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Pictured L - R:  Livia Najy, Cello, Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, Ferenc Szücs, course director of the MA Arts in Classical String Performance and Conor McCarthy, Double Bass of Academos, the graduate student orchestra of the Irish World Academy of Music & Dance.

RTÉ Lyric 10th anniversary celebrations at UL

RTÉ Lyric celebrate 10 years with special Irish World Academy Broadcast

ACADEMOS, the graduate student orchestra of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick, today performed at a special lunchtime recital at the Irish Chamber Studio, marking the 10th anniversary of RTÉ Lyric FM.

RTÉ Lyric FM was launched in May 1999 and has its studios in Cornmarket Square in Limerick city centre.  Since the station's inception, it has had strong links with the University of Limerick, not least through Lyric's ongoing scholarship programme, which provides bursaries annually to students of the MA in Classical String Performance at UL's Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.

RTÉ Lyric FM, Station Director, Aodan O Dubhghaill said "The MA in Classical String Performance at the Irish World Academy has been a spring-board for so many musicians who have gone on to careers throughout the world. RTÉ Lyric FM, through its scholarship programme, is delighted to have helped so many musicians and we continue to monitor their careers as they rise both nationally and internationally. It's particularly gratifying to see some of the current scholarship recipients performing with Academos Irish World Academy Strings, to and is a very appropriate way to celebrate the station's tenth anniversary". 

In honouring the 10th anniversary of RTÉ Lyric FM, the University of Limerick seeks to recognise Lyric's success in realising the vision of bringing classical music to an ever widening audience. A vision shared by the Irish chamber Orchestra and the Irish World Academy of Music & Dance as one of common purpose.

Commenting on the station's success and ten years of broadcasting, UL's Professor of Music and Director of the Irish World Academy Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin said 'RTE lyric fm is one of the great joys of Irish broadcast tradition.  In a unique Irish way, it celebrates Western classical tradition, without making claims for it above other music expressions. As such, it is a true child of the 21st century and is a cultural beacon of our times'. 

Ó Súilleabháin went on to discuss Limerick's success as a cultural leader within the soundscape of Ireland in saying; "The selection of Limerick city as a base for RTÉ Lyric FM was directly linked into the rising base of cultural activities within the city. In the past 10 years a unique cultural universe has started to unfold itself into a national vision. The presence of Lyric FM has added new vision and energy to an already emerging cultural landscape of national and international importance. An especially important dimension of this growth has been the interaction of Lyric FM with the University of Limerick and not least through the simultaneous growth of the Irish /world Academy of Music and Dance at the University. Also, the relocation of the Irish chamber Orchestra to Limerick city at the same time 10 years ago has added to the growth of creative work both local and global in its significance. Limerick is now emerging as a cultural leader within the soundscape of Ireland. This event marks a watershed in that shared journey."

ACADEMOS directed by Irish Chamber Orchestra Leader, Katherine Hunka, performed the Holberg Suite by Greig and two waltzes by Dvorák. The concert was broadcast live by Lyric FM.  Also present at the celebrations was Professor Don Barry, President of the University of Limerick, and Clare Duignan, Managing Director of RTE Radio.

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Prictured L - R:  Professor Don Barry, Aodan O Dubhghaill, RTÉ Lyric FM, Station Director & Clare Duignan, Managing Director of RTE Radio


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