Seminar by a Trio of Irish Folk Musicians at the University of Malta On the occasion of the state visit to Malta by the President of Ireland, a music workshop together with a demonstration of Irish music will be held at the Mediterranean Institute music room at University of Malta on next Thursday. The seminar speakers will be three Irish folk musicians who shall be travelling with the President of Ireland on her state visit to Malta. They are Peter Browne, who plays Irish (uilleann) pipes and wooden flute, Brenda McCann, who plays the fiddle/violin and Tristan Rosentock, who plays the Irish drum (bodhrán). These three distinguished Irish musicians have extensive experience in music education and presentation as well as performance and will be talking about the characteristics and evolution of Irish music, besides giving a short musical demonstration of Irish music as well as explaining the characteristics of three traditional Irish instruments, that is the fiddle, uilleann and bodhrán
Peter Browne is one of the foremost Irish pipers and music broadcasters in his home country. He has performed across Europe and North America and has featured as soloist with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland. He has performed in the Kennedy Centre, Washington DC. He has twice won the national uilleann-piping competition and also the prize for slow-air playing. Peter Browne’s recent projects include researching, presenting and producing documentaries on the lives and music of famous traditional players and producing a series of CDs of rare recordings of traditional music from the RTÉ Sound Archives.
Brenda McCann is also an acclaimed Irish musician and has won All-Ireland Championship titles on fiddle and piano. She has solo albums and has given a number of performances abroad, in particular in North America. Brenda McCann currently works as an instrumental tutor with the Western Education and Library Board.
Tristan Rosenstock's bodhrán-playing encompasses a distinctive musical sensitivity. He has played at a number of State events and has just completed his studies in Irish and Old Irish at Trinity College, Dublin, and currently performs on a full-time basis with Téada, one of the leading Irish traditional groups of the younger generation.
The planned two-hour seminar will be held at the Music Room (overlooking the Arvid Pardo Garden) on Thursday, 5 October at 3 pm. The general public is invited to attend and entrance is free. This seminar is being organised by the Director of the Mediterranean Institute, Dr. Simon Mercieca and with the kind help and support of the Irish Embassy in Malta and Mr. Eugene Downes, Cultural Event Coordinator at the Department of Foreign Affairs of Ireland .