Dr. Aidan Thomson, announced as NUI Galway Senior Lecturer and Head of Music
The New Head of Music at NUI Galway has been announced as Aidan Thomson. Dr. Thomson is a musicologist with a particular interest in British and Irish music of the early twentieth century, particularly Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Arnold Bax and the ‘Celtic North’. He is also an experienced violinist (having led the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland while at university), pianist and organist, and, in addition, he has directed the choir of St Bartholomew’s Parish Church in Belfast.
Dr. Thomson co-edited The Cambridge Companion to Vaughan Williams (Cambridge University Press, 2013). In 2016, he wrote and presented ‘Bax, Ireland and 1916’ for RTÉ Lyric FM’s ‘Lyric Feature’ programme, which looked at Bax’s relationship with the leaders of the Easter Rising. As part of the centenary celebrations, he also gave a public lecture in Dublin about Bax’s friendship with Pádraig Pearse.
Dr. Thomson has taught at the University of Oxford, the University of Leeds and, for the last fourteen years, Queen’s University Belfast, principally in music history, theory and analysis, but also in performance. He enjoys teaching undergraduates and postgraduates alike, and is very much looking forward greatly to welcoming students to the new department of music at NUI Galway in September 2018, in particular to the new BA (Music) commencing and taking applications for September 2018.
Students interested in meeting with Dr. Thomson and finding out more about BA (Music) will be able to do so at Open Day on 24th March on the NUI Galway campus. NUI Galway will also be running a Music Masterclass with Contempo Quartet at the Open Day. The full programme will be made available on the Open Day website soon.