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Welcome to the SARC events page.  Concerts at SARC are part of the wide range of public events that go on in the School of Creative Arts at Queen's.  These include concerts, film screenings, drama plays and research seminars.  You can browse these events below or keep in touch by registering with us.

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Royal String Quartet

Royal String Quartet

21 Oct 2014 7:30PM -

Description: The Royal String Quartet has featured in prestigious festivals including the BBC Proms, City of London Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, West Cork Chamber Music Festival and the Perth International Arts Festival in Australia. They open their third season as Quartet in Residence at Queen’s University with a programme of works by Haydn, Philip Glass and Henryk Górecki.
Venue: Sonic Lab
Booking info: FREE

Richard Wakely in Conversation with performer and choreographer Claire Cunningham

Richard Wakely in Conversation with performer and choreographer Claire Cunningham

22 Oct 2014 1:00PM - 22 Oct 2014 12:00AM

Description:

 Richard Wakely, Director of the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s, will speak with Festival Artist-in-Residence, Claire Cunningham about her experiences and latest work, ‘Guide Gods’, which looks at the perspectives of different Faiths towards the subject of disability. Claire Cunningham is a Glasgow-based performer and choreographer of multi-disciplinary performance. One of the UK’s most acclaimed and internationally renown self-identifying disabled artists, Cunningham's work is intelligent and humorous. It is often rooted in the study and use/misuse of her crutches and the exploration of the potential of her own specific physicality with a conscious rejection of traditional dance techniques (developed for non-disabled bodies). Richard Wakely is the Director of the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s and is a member of the Board of Directors of Dance Ireland.


Venue: Brian Friel Theatre
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"'One of the past': Strauss's self-image and the dynamics of history."

22 Oct 2014 1:00PM - 22 Oct 2014 12:00AM

Description:

Dr David Larkin (Sydney Conservatorium)


Venue: McMordie Hall
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Moynihan-O'Leary Duo

Moynihan-O'Leary Duo

23 Oct 2014 1:10PM - 23 Oct 2014 12:00AM

Description:

This event is a partnership between the School of Creative Arts at Queen's and the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen's.


Venue: Sonic Lab
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Seminar by Professor Mara Mills (New York University)

Seminar by Professor Mara Mills (New York University)

24 Oct 2014 1:00PM - 24 Oct 2014 2:00PM

Description: All are welcome. *Please note: Following the seminar there will be an opportunity to meet with Professor Mills, who is particularly interested in meeting with staff and students who are working in the area of assistive technologies. If you are interested in attending this meeting please email Dr Gascia Ouzounian,g.ouzounian@qub.ac.uk 'Text-to-Tone: History and Sounds of the Optophone' This talk will survey the history of Optophones across the 20th century. These 'musical print' machines converted text into tones, enabling blind readers to access print by ear. Historical recordings from several models of Optophone will be played. Biography for Professor Mara Mills Biography Mara Mills works at the intersection of disability studies and media studies. Her research and teaching interests include communication history (especially related to telephones and reading practices), science and technology studies, disability theory, and mobile media studies. She is completing a book (On the Phone: Deafness and Communication Engineering) on the significance of phonetics and deaf education to the emergence of "communication engineering" in early twentieth-century telephony; this concept and set of practices later gave rise to information theory, digital coding, and cybernetics. Her second book project, Print Disability and New Reading Formats, examines the reformatting of print over the course of the past century by blind and other print disabled readers, with a focus on Talking Books and electronic reading machines. Mills is on the steering committee of the Science and Society Minor and is co-chair of the NYU Council for the Study of Disability. More information can be found at her website.
Venue: Sonic Lab
Booking info: FREE

Analogue-Digital Dialogues in Contemporary Experimental Film'

Analogue-Digital Dialogues in Contemporary Experimental Film'

29 Oct 2014 4:30PM - 29 Oct 2014 12:00AM

Description:

Dr Kim Knowles


Venue: Screen 2, Drama & Film Centre
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"The Past Frames The Composer Frames The Past"

5 Nov 2014 1:10PM - 5 Nov 2014 12:00AM

Description: Professor Piers Hellawell (QUB)
Venue: McMordie Hall
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Beyond stereotypes: innovative original works for harp

Beyond stereotypes: innovative original works for harp

6 Nov 2014 1:10PM - 6 Nov 2014 12:00AM

Description:

"“Originally from Birmingham, Tanya Houghton studied in Cambridge, London and Paris before embarking on a career as a freelance harpist of many different guises. Her recital today explores repertoire that takes the harp beyond its traditional musical stereotype, including Britten's Suite for Harp and works by Hindemith and Canadian harpist Caroline Lizotte. Tanya's freelance work includes solo, chamber and orchestral playing. She has developed a specialism in playing for singers, both in the operatic world and as an accompanist to soloists and choirs. Last November she was honoured to play for Britten’s 100th birthday concert in Wigmore Hall, London, accompanying Nicholas Mulroy in Britten’s Canticle V :The Death of St Narcissus. Earlier in 2013 she enjoyed a tour (with performances in the Hermitage, St Petersburg and Southwark Cathedral) of the complete Britten Church Parables led by Roger Vignoles. She has a thriving duo partnership with mezzo-soprano Cerys Jones and recently accompanied soprano Rebecca van der Berg for the Ryedale Festival. Tanya’s orchestral work includes appearances with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Ulster Orchestra amongst others. She is principal harpist of Orchestra of the Swan. She has had the privilege of working with conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Mark Elder, Sir Roger Norrington and Edward Gardner. "


Venue: Sonic Lab
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Improvisation Trio from Brazil

Improvisation Trio from Brazil

7 Nov 2014 5:00PM - 7 Nov 2014 12:00AM

Description: "The three musicians began performing as part of the ""Itiberê Orchestra Family"", an instrumental music group led by musician Itiberê Zwarg. With this formation, they participated in the recordings of several CDs, including the 'Pedra do Espia' (2002) and 'Mundo Verde Esperança' (2002) by Hermeto Pascoal. Each of the three members has a very diverse artistic trajectory, appearing with other musical groups, being part of recordings and carrying out music research. This trio formed with Pedro Albuquerque joining in 2010, the year in which cellist Maria Clara Valle also came to the group. Renata Neves joined the group for the first time during performances at the Cadilda Becker Theatre in Rio de Janeiro, in 2011."
Venue: Sonic Lab
Booking info: Free

Trevor Agus - The perception of everyday sounds

Trevor Agus - The perception of everyday sounds

12 Nov 2014 1:00PM - 12 Nov 2014 12:00AM

Description:

Trevor Agus - The perception of everyday sounds 


Venue: Sonic Lab
Booking info: FREE

Grand Irish Melodramas at the Grand Opera House

Grand Irish Melodramas at the Grand Opera House

13 Nov 2014 4:00PM - 13 Nov 2014 12:00AM

Description:

Grand Irish Melodramas at the Grand Opera House with Christopher Fitz-Simon.


Venue: Brian Friel Theatre
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The Alison Dunlop Memorial Lecture:

The Alison Dunlop Memorial Lecture: "Newly Discovered Harpsichord Suites by Georg and Gottlieb Muffat"

19 Nov 2014 1:00PM - 19 Nov 2014 12:00AM

Description: Dr Glenn Wilson (Musikhochschule Würzburg)
Venue: McMordie Hall
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Royal String Quartet

Royal String Quartet

19 Nov 2014 7:30PM - 19 Nov 2014 9:00PM

Description: Two works feature in tonight’s programme by Quartet-in- Residence at Queen’s, the Royal Quartet. The first is a new work, receiving its Irish premiere, by young Polish composer Andrzej Kwieciski. The second is one of the key works of the quartet repertoire, Beethoven’s String Quartet No.15, Op. 132.
Venue: Sonic Lab
Booking info: FREE

The Alison Dunlop Memorial Recital

The Alison Dunlop Memorial Recital

20 Nov 2014 1:10PM - 20 Nov 2014 12:00AM

Description:

" Japanese harpsichordist Naoko Akutagawa has been engaged by the CD label NAXOS to record the 27 newly-discovered Suites by the great 18th-century Viennese composer Gottlieb Muffat. She had the privilege of working closely with Dr Alison Dunlop from the beginning of the project, the first disc of which was released in 2013, and Alison's achievement will be the foundation for its continuation. This Memorial Concert will be the first known performance for over 200 years of three of these masterpieces of baroque keyboard music. "Naoko Akutagawa (harpsichord)


Venue: Sonic Lab
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The Challenge of Capturing Impact: Fionnuala Kennedy of Kabosh Theatre Company reflects on their work

The Challenge of Capturing Impact: Fionnuala Kennedy of Kabosh Theatre Company reflects on their work

25 Nov 2014 4:30PM - 25 Nov 2014 12:00AM

Description:

Fionnula Kennedy (Director with Kabosh) and Victoria Durrer (QUB)


Venue: Seminar Rm, Drama & Film Centre
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Marij Von Gorkom

Marij Von Gorkom

26 Nov 2014 1:00PM - 26 Nov 2014 12:00AM

Description:

Sonic Spaces, Bass Clarinet and Electronics 


Venue: Sonic Lab
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Loss and Resurrection: The Case of Allan Dwan’s THE HALF-BREED

Loss and Resurrection: The Case of Allan Dwan’s THE HALF-BREED

26 Nov 2014 2:00PM - 26 Nov 2014 12:00AM

Description:

Originally a star of the Broadway stage, Douglas Fairbanks began his film career not as Zorro, Robin Hood, or d'Artagnan, but in a series of contemporary comedies and western dramas filmed under the auspices of the Triangle Film Company. Perhaps the most idiosyncratic of the series was The Half-Breed, released July 1916, in which the star played a half-white/half-Indian outcast suffering from the prejudices of local townspeople. Created by a team of future film legends (director Allan Dwan, production supervisor D.W. Griffith, cinematographer Victor Fleming), the cast also includes: Alma Rubens, Sam De Grasse, and Jewel Carmen. For decades the film had been available only in severely degraded and abbreviated versions, until the San Francisco Silent Film Festival and the Cinematheque française collaborated to restore the film back to its original 1916 release version. Rob Byrne 


Venue: Screen 2, Drama & Film Centre
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Marin Von Gorkom

27 Nov 2014 1:10PM - 27 Nov 2014 12:00AM

Description:

Sounds are filling space, carving their own paths, at times colliding with others, at times harmonic, creating synergy but always fleeting. The source? The composers, each with their own sound world, invisible but audible in the interpretation of MVG. The compositions are stories, portraits, sketches, fabrics of sound waves. MVG invites you to join her in her musical universe and incites the curious to partake in a search for beauty, development, and innovation. MVG presents music by (former) SARC composers alongside works from her latest program ‘SS:CAn - yeSS we CAnada!’ in which Dutch and Canadian composers explore the world of bass clarinet and electronics. 


Venue: Sonic Lab
Booking info: FREE

"Gossiping to Music in Renaissance France"

3 Dec 2014 1:00PM - 3 Dec 2014 12:00AM

Description: Prof Jeanice Brooks (Southampton)
Venue: McMordie Hall
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Gordon Campbell (trombone) with Steve Barnett & Friends

Gordon Campbell (trombone) with Steve Barnett & Friends

4 Dec 2014 1:10PM - 4 Dec 2014 12:00AM

Description:

The popular pre-Christmas jazz recital this year sees the welcome return of Gordon Campbell, star jazz trombonist and principal with the BBC Big Band, John Wilson Orchestra and other leading jazz and popular ensembles in London.


Venue: Sonic Lab
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Junior Academy of Music - Christmas Concert I

Junior Academy of Music - Christmas Concert I

6 Dec 2014 11:00AM - 6 Dec 2014 12:00AM

Description:

Junior Academy of Music (JAM) Christmas concert featuring JAM One and JAM Two Children Choir (age 4-8) 


Venue: Elmwood Hall
Booking info: £3

Raviv Gandrow

Raviv Gandrow

11 Dec 2014 1:10PM - 11 Dec 2014 12:00AM

Description:

Shipping Forecast explores the complex relations between territory and transmission in BBC Radio 4’s shipping bulletin. Coordinated recordings following the long-wave journeying
of a signal from inside a studio at Broadcasting House; to the transmitter at Droitwich; to a ship at sea; to a transistor radio several hundred kilometres away; reveal audible aspects of broadcasting. The piece examines attractions between language, geography, radiation and precipitation where transduced speech addresses, defines as well as physically occupies dimensions of terrestrial space. 


Venue: Sonic Lab
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QUB Big Band Christmas Concert

QUB Big Band Christmas Concert

11 Dec 2014 7:30PM - 11 Dec 2014 12:00AM

Description:

Join us for our annual celebration of the season through Big Band Jazz, when the virtuosi of QUB Big Band are directed by Steve Barnett. Jazz favourites, from the Swing Era through to the 70s, will be spiced with seasonal favourites for Christmas time.


Venue: Crescent Arts Centre
Booking info: £7/£5

QUB Big Band Christmas Concert

QUB Big Band Christmas Concert

11 Dec 2014 7:30PM - 11 Dec 2014 12:00AM

Description:

Join us for our annual celebration of the season through Big Band Jazz, when the virtuosi of QUB Big Band are directed by Steve Barnett. Jazz favourites, from the Swing Era through to the 70s, will be spiced with seasonal favourites for Christmas time.


Venue: Crescent Arts Centre
Booking info: £7/£5

Junior Academy of Music - Christmas Concert ii

Junior Academy of Music - Christmas Concert ii

13 Dec 2014 11:00AM - 13 Dec 2014 12:00AM

Description:

Junior Academy of Music (JAM) Christmas concert featuring JAM Three pupils including Senior Choir, and Junior and Senior Brass Bands (age 8-15). 


Venue: Elmwood Hall
Booking info: £3

CHRISTMAS BRASS AND VOICES

CHRISTMAS BRASS AND VOICES

16 Dec 2014 7:30PM - 16 Dec 2014 9:00PM

Description:

The University Choir and Brass Band join forces to present an end of year programme of classics and seasonal works


Venue: Whitla Hall
Booking info: £7/£5

SEMINAR: “Music Memory: parading the past in Belfast”

SEMINAR: “Music Memory: parading the past in Belfast”

17 Dec 2014 1:00PM - 17 Dec 2014 12:00AM

Description:

Dr Ray Casserly (CIEE)


Venue: McMordie Hall
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An Evening of B.L.I.S.S. - Belfast Legion for Improvised Sights and Sounds

An Evening of B.L.I.S.S. - Belfast Legion for Improvised Sights and Sounds

17 Dec 2014 7:30PM - 17 Dec 2014 9:00PM

Description:

B.L.I.S.S., Belfast’s very own Legion for Improvised Sights and Sounds wreaks digital havoc with members of the Designing Digital Music and Interaction class. 


Venue: Sonic Lab
Booking info: FREE

Bach To The Future - i

Bach To The Future - i

18 Dec 2014 1:10PM - 18 Dec 2014 12:00AM

Description:

Fenella Humphreys (solo violin) "With playing described in the press as ‘alluring’ and ‘a wonder’, violinist Fenella Humphreys is much in demand as a chamber musician and soloist, with performances taking her across the globe. Her first concerto recording, of Christopher Wright’s Violin Concerto for Dutton Epoch with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, was released recently to great critical acclaim, including selection as ‘Orchestral Choice CD’ in a 5 star review in the BBC Music Magazine. She has collaborated with artists including Alexander Baillie, Pekka Kuusisto and Martin Lovett, and is regularly invited by Steven Isserlis to take part in the International Musicians’ Seminar, Prussia Cove. Konzertmaster of the Deutsche Kammerakademie, she also enjoys guest leading and directing various ensembles in Europe. In 2012 Fenella created Bach To The Future, an inspirational commissioning project for six established composers to write works for solo violin to be performed alongside Bach’s six Sonatas and Partitas. Three of these works, by Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Piers Hellawell and Gordon Crosse, were premiered at the Maltings, Snape this year in a residency, while the other three, by Sally Beamish, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and Adrian Sutton, follow next year. In today’s recital Fenella presents Bach's Partita in E major with its new 'fellow', by Cheryl Frances-Hoad; in addition we hear a landmark for solo violin from a later era, the Sonata no.2 by Ysäye, in which the great Belgian violinist himself quoted and reflected upon Bach’s ideas from the Bach Partita in E. The recital opens with a Sonata by the ‘father’ of solo violin, Heinrich Biber, the Baroque composer whose landmark violin works form the background to Bach. Please note: second recital event today at 5.30 pm. "


Venue: Sonic lab
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Bach To The Future – ii

Bach To The Future – ii

18 Dec 2014 5:30PM - 18 Dec 2014 12:00AM

Description:

Fenella Humphreys (solo violin) In an informal lecture-recital setting, Fenella Humphreys performs Bach’s great Partita no 2 in D minor, with its closing Chaconne. Before this she will be joined by Piers Hellawell to introduce his own contribution to her project, Balcony Scenesfor solo violin; this will be performed on its own, first, and then with its four sections interspersed among the movements of the Bach Partita. Join us for Bach's great Chaconne!


Venue: McMordie Hall
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QUSO Christmas Concert

QUSO Christmas Concert

18 Dec 2014 7:30PM - 18 Dec 2014 9:00PM

Description: Seasonal favourites and popular classics brought to you by the Queen’s University Symphony Orchestra and Music Society Choir.
Venue: Whitla Hall
Booking info: £7/£5

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