The next lecture in the series related to the In Tune exhibition will be given by Dr Kerry Houston in the Long Room Hub on Thursday 12 December at 6.00pm. This will focus on music at Trinity College Chapel, with particular reference to the 18th-century Chapel manuscripts.
This collection of organ books and vocal part-books contains works performed in the College Chapel as well as the two Dublin cathedrals, amongst them several works by Ralph Roseingrave, the youngest member of a family prominent in the musical life of Dublin in the first half of the 18th century. Ralph succeeded his father Daniel as organist at both St Patrick’s and Christ Church cathedrals in 1727, and held both positions until his death twenty years later. Unlike his elder brothers, one of whom was appointed organist at Trinity College Chapel in 1707, Ralph did not attend the College. Nevertheless, some of his compositions are preserved in the Chapel collection, including the anthems I will magnify thee and The Lord, even the most mighty God. This attests to the strong links that existed between the cathedrals and the College Chapel, formalised in 1762 when a regular chapel choir was established using singers from the two cathedrals.