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October 15: DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama celebrates 125th anniversary (1890-2015)

‌DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama celebrates 125th anniversary (1890-2015)

On 15th October 1890, the Dublin Municipal School of Music opened its doors at the Assembly Rooms in William Street with classes in flute, piccolo, clarinet, horn and drums.  It quickly expanded to include the full range of instruments, voice and drama, and in 1963 became known as the College of Music.  New opportunities followed in 1978, when the College of Music became part of Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT).  Today the renamed DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama provides high quality, performance-based arts education encompassing a vibrant Junior Conservatory, third-level degree programmes and the largest music research centre in Ireland.  It offers the broadest range of performing arts disciplines of any institution in Ireland with degree programmes in classical, jazz and Irish traditional music performance, composition, musicology, music education, opera, drama and, in association with partner colleges, rock and pop music, music theatre, and scoring for film and visual media. The Conservatory shortly embarks on another exciting chapter with the move to a stunning purpose-built facility for the creative and performing arts within the new DIT Grangegorman campus in the heart of Dublin City.

Dara Noonan (French horn), Aimee Farrell-Courtney (bodhran), Shane Kenrick (clarinet), Meadhbh O'Rourke (flute) at the City Assembly House, South William Street (now home to the Irish Georgian Society), representing the first instruments taught at the Dublin Municipal School of Music on 15th October 1890.

Shane Kenrick (clarinet) in celebration of the 125th birthday of DIT Conservatory of Music at the entrance to the Conservatory's first home at the City Assembly House, South Wicklow Street Dublin.

DIT Conservatory is delighted to announce the launch of a new CD recording marking its 125th anniversary.  Western Wind provides the opportunity to wind through the Conservatory’s corridors and eavesdrop on the intricate soundscape of one of Ireland’s most treasured performing arts institutions.  

CD Launch Date:    Thursday 22nd October 2015      
To order CD: conservatory@dit.ie