NUI Galway and Music for Galway Announce New Partnership

From left to right: Anna Lardi Fogarty, Prof. Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, Anne O’Maille, Dr Aidan Thomson, Prof. Felix O’Murchadha and Liz McConnell (Photo: Aengus McMahon)

NUI Galway and Music for Galway Announce New Partnership

New agreement provides music students with internships and experience in concert promotion.

NUI Galway and concert promoter Music for Galway have agreed a partnership that will provide students of the new music degree with internship opportunities and experience in organising concerts. The new agreement will mean students get to work with visiting classical music artists, gain experience in arts administration and organise one of the concerts for the following season. Students will also have workshops with visiting performers.

Music for Galway promotes classical and contemporary music in the city and is now in its 38th season. The Artistic Director is pianist Finghin Collins and the Executive Director is Anna Lardi Fogarty.

The new BA in Music at NUI Galway was launched in September 2018 under the direction of Dr Aidan Thomson. Commenting on the partnership, Dr Thomson said:

The internships will give our students a unique, practical opportunity to learn about arts management. They will be in excellent hands working with Music for Galway. It is tremendously exciting to think that there will soon be professional concerts in Galway that will be organised entirely by students.

Chair of Music for Galway, Anne O’Maille, added:

After nearly four decades of close ties with NUI Galway, we are delighted to formalise our relationship with the University. Music for Galway is proud to have played an important part in creating the environment in which a BA in Music in Galway could become relevant and possible. We look forward to working with the Head of Music, Dr Aidan Thomson, and his team to link with and support the development of this programme for many years to come.

In 2017, NUI Galway also signed a five-year partnership with Galway Music Residency.

Music for Galway’s next concert features the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and the Fidelio Trio on 4 April, followed by violinist and author Min Kym on 11 April as part of Cúirt.

 For more on the NUI Galway music degree, visit

Published on 1 April 2019

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