David Knotts - Composer, Pianist, Conductor

Composer, Pianist, Conductor

Grimm Tales in Dublin



This symposium presents an opportunity to begin harnessing and developing a community around guitar research in Ireland. The first of its kind in Ireland, a full programme of lectures, lecture recitals and performances will help explore recent collaborative projects and new research happening within the classical guitar community. With guests including key note speaker Professor Christopher Page, acclaimed performer Craig Ogden, and featuring the Irish launch of Ben Dwyer’s new book Britten and the Guitar: Critical Perspectives for Performers, this promises to be an engaging and eventful occasion. Hosted by DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, in collaboration with the Research Foundation for Music in Ireland.

For the full conference programme, visit the conference website: (coming soon)


Conference fee (includes lunch, wine reception and admission to concerts given by guitar orchestra GuitaRiam and solo guitar recital by Craig Ogden)

€50 Non-SMI members

€40 SMI members

€20 Students

Conference Dinner: Kafka Restaurant, Rathmines. Friday 27th January. Please note that places are limited, so early booking is advised. Cost of €30-35 (including service charge). To book a place, please email eoin.flood3@gmail.com. Please specify in the email if you have any special dietary requirements.


Session 1

10:00 – Eamon Sweeney (Royal Irish Academy of Music, Ireland)

10:30 – Morgan Buckley (Cambridge University, UK)

11:00 – Ben Dwyer (Middlesex University, UK)

11:30 – Coffee Break 

12:00 – Key Note Speaker – Christopher Page (Cambridge University, UK)

13:00 – Lunch

Session 2

14:00 – John Buckley (Dublin City University), Ben Dwyer (Middlesex University, UK)

14:30 – Eoin Flood (DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama)

15:00 – Coffee Break

15:30 – Ian Wilson (Independent), Redmond O’Toole (Royal Irish Academy of Music)

16:00 – Michael O’Toole (DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama)

17.00 ­­- Wine Reception

18:00 – Book Launch

Ben Dwyer’s Britten and the Guitar: Critical Perspectives for Performers (Guest Speaker Barry McGovern)

18:30 – Concert – GuitaRiam Guitar Orchestra

19:00 – Concert – Craig Ogden Solo Recital

20:30 – Dinner –  Kafka, Rathmines