Classical Notes

Dick O’Riordan: Adults invited to rekindle musical pasts at Royal Academy

The Royal Irish Academy of Music has created an Adult Division which will give lapsed musicians a chance to reconnect with their childhood instruments

Deborah Kelleher, director, RIAM: ‘For the first time in our long history, an adult interested in learning the cello or jazz piano can do so with some of the country’s most experienced teachers.’ Picture: Frances Marshall

Since 1848, the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM) has provided tuition for around a million young musicians. Very soon its new campus development will be officially launched and a 175th anniversary programme of special concerts will run throughout next year.

Before that, however, the RIAM has some business to attend to – plugging a major gap in its teaching curriculum. An Adult Division has been created, offering instrumental and singing lessons as well as ...