A conference on Women and Music in Ireland takes place in NUI Maynooth on 17 April.

Women's involvement in music in Ireland has been evident since the eighteenth century but their contribution has often been neglected or forgotten. This conference highlights their involvement across the centuries in all genres of music in Ireland. It also includes two concerts featuring music by female composers from the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The keynote address will be given by Dr Ita Beausang.

Held in association with The Society for Musicology in Ireland and An Foras Feasa, it includes papers on the topics 'Irish Women and Music in Europe', 'Women and Contemporary Music in Ireland',  'Women, Traditional Music and the Irish Harp', 'Women and Music in Eighteenth Century Ireland'  and 'Women and Music in Twentieth-century Ireland'.

To close the conference, Concorde presents a concert of music by a selection of contemporary Irish women composers.

Download conference programme: Women and Music in Ireland Conference

The Music Department, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, 17 April 2010, 9.00-17.30. Further information: Jennifer O'Connor, email jenny.m.oconnor@gmail.com