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Dr Rhona Clarke

Theology, Philosophy, & Music

Name: Dr Rhona Clarke
Department: Theology, Philosophy, & Music
Work Area: Music
Role: Lecturer
Phone Number: 01 700 7480
Email Address: rhona.clarke@dcu.ie
Room: AHC S114
Campus: DCU All Hallows Campus

Biographical Details

Rhona Clarke is a Dublin-based composer. She studied music at University College, Dublin and completed a Ph.D at Queen’s University, Belfast. Her output includes choral, chamber, orchestral and electronic works. She has received commissions from RTÉ, the Cork International Choral Festival, Concorde, Music Network and the National Concert Hall, among others and her work has been performed and broadcast throughout Ireland and worldwide. 

A senior lecturer in  the School of  Theology, Philosophy and Music,  Rhona's music has been performed by performed by groups such as The RTÉNSO, The Fidelio Trio, The Vienna Mozart Trio, Concorde, Chamber Choir Ireland, The Tyrolean Ensemble and ConTempo Quartet.  Amongst her orchestral works, in 2014 SHIFT was premiered in the Horizons series at the National Concert Hall, Dublin and later that year represented Ireland at The International Rostrum of Composers in Helsinki. Her choral music has been commissioned and performed by choirs in Ireland and worldwide, from school choirs to amateur and professional adult choirs. The


latter include Chamber Choir Ireland , The Sydney Philharmonia Choir, The BBC singers, The University of Minnesota, Duluth, Cantairi Avondale,  New Dublin Voices, Laetare, Bella Voce and The Mornington Singers.

Since 2009 Rhona has been collaborating with visual artist Marie Hanlon, including short experimental films with music, live music with visual projections and joint exhibitions ; a joint exhibition with Hanlon at Draíocht, Dublin, took place from July-September 2014 containing six new sound installations and also Hanlon’s exhibition at Solstice Arts Centre contained three collaborative works including an installation ‘Everything we see…’ which is based on a painting and text by René Magritte.    

Latest work includes A Different Game, Piano Trio no 4 (2016), composed for The Fidelio Trio which was released alongside other chamber works by the composer on the Metier  in early 2017.  She is currently working on a string quartet commissioned by Music Network to be performed by Quatuor Voce on their Irish tour in November 2017 and on a choral commission for the choir at the Tower of London in 2018.  Rhona is a member of Aosdána, Ireland’s state-sponsored academy of creative artists.

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