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Tutor : Alyson Barber M.Mus, B.Mus, LRAM
Flute, Tin Whistle, composition, theory, colourstrings

Alyson Barber is both a traditional Irish musician and composer who is currently completing a PhD in composition at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama with Gráinne Mulvey. Previously she completed a masters at the Royal Academy of Music London, where she studied with Simon Bainbridge. Alyson has composed an eclectic mix of works, including collaborations for electronics, theatre and animated shorts. She has had pieces performed in Germany, Italy, London, Barcelona and Dublin by groups such as: The London Sinfionetta, Concorde, ConTempo, CoMA London, NMC duo Sarah Leonard and Robin Michael, Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra, Pegasus Choir, Kansas State University Trumpet Choir and the Academy Trumpet Ensemble. In 2013 her solo viola piece Twists and Turns was performed by Milan Pal'a and represented Ireland at the ISCM World New Music Days Festival at the Kulturpark, in Košice, Slovakia.

Alyson has collaborated on several animated shorts; one of which featured on the French television station TF1 and another at thirty festivals throughout Europe, Asia and America, winning two awards. In 2007 she was awarded the Bill Whelan International Music Bursary.

As a performer Alyson has been playing the tin whistle and traditional Irish flute from a young age, with previous teachers including Mary Bergin and Peter Browne. She has performed at Dublin Castle for the president of Ireland and the Bulgarian president, at the National Concert Hall of Ireland, the Mansion House, the Bank of Ireland Arts Centre and the Royal Academy of Music, London. Alyson has attended workshops and masters classes with performers such as Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Dermot Byrne, Harry Bradley, Kieran Hanrahan and Kevin Glackin; she also featured on the album 'Simple Philosophers', which was produced by Steve Cooney.

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