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Renowned Composer Set for Musical Lecture at Magee

8 March 2013

Acclaimed composer Brian Irvine will deliver the University of Ulster Convocation Lecture at the Magee campus next week.

In a unique event, illustrated with live musical accompaniment, the Belfast-born composer will explore the importance and relevance of composing, inventing and connecting in music, opera and installation.

Recently appointed as a Professor of Music in the School of Creative Arts at Magee, Brian Irvine’s vast output reflects an obsessive love of creation in all its forms.

His work includes operas, orchestral works, large-scale community oratorios, mixed media installations, films, theatre works, performance constructions, and dance scores, as well as numerous ensemble, solo and chamber pieces.

In 2011 he was awarded an MBE for services to music.

He has worked closely with a diverse range of international artists from a wide range of disciplines in music from Jazz to Punk to Classical to Free Improvisation including Paul Dunmall, Keiji Haino, Joanna Macgregor, Keith Tippet and David Holmes as well as many of Europe’s leading orchestras.

The lecture will be illustrated with live musical accompaniment by the renowned saxophonist, Paul Dunmall, who is widely recognized as one of the most talented reed players on the international jazz/improvised music scene, and one of the most distinctive improvisers playing today. He regularly performs with Brian Irvine in the composer’s 14 piece band.

University of Ulster Chair of Convocation, Mary Campbell, said: “By inviting Brian Irvine, one of the University’s distinguished graduates, to give this lecture, Convocation is seeking to celebrate the University’s success and expertise with a wider audience. This is particularly poignant as Derry ~ Londonderry celebrates UK City of Culture 2013.

“Convocation, through its Executive Committee, seeks to promote the good reputation of the University and to assist the sharing of its success and expertise with the public. We are proud to list Brian Irvine among our members.”

The University of Ulster Convocation Lecture, entitled: ‘Endless Forms: The Inescapable Act of Making’ by Brian Irvine, will take place at 8pm on Tuesday 12 March in the Great Hall at Magee.

Admission is free but reservations are required. For further information or to reserve a seat, please contact: 028 7167 5679 or email: