GMIT hosts classical piano recital with pre concert, four-course meal

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 Press Office
Press Release

Pianist Billy O’Brien to perform pieces from Bach, Janáček, Ravel and Chopin

GMIT College of Tourism & Arts is delighted to announce that its second classical concert in its ‘Musical Moments’ programme will take place next Monday 3 November, (7.30pm) in the Galway (Dublin Road) campus. Pianist Billy O’Brien, a final year student at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, will perform classical pieces from Bach, Janáček, Ravel and Chopin.


On this occasion, GMIT is teaming up with Culinary Arts students under award-winning culinary lecturer Frank O’Connor to present a pre-concert, four-course dinner in one of GMIT’s training restaurants. Only a limited number of tickets are on sale for this themed evening meal (bookings to


The classical music programme ‘Musical Moments’ is an initiative of the GMIT College of Tourism & Arts in partnership with Dúchas na Gaillimhe – Galway Civic Trust, and is open to the public.


Pianist Billy O’Brien is studying towards a BA in Music Performance under Therese Fahy at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He has performed with Trinity Orchestra in Christchurch Cathedral, and will perform as soloist with the RIAM Symphony Orchestra in the National Concert Hall in May 2015.


The Waterford native is a regular prizewinner in the Feis Ceoil and RIAM PianoFest, having reached the final of the Morris Grant bursary last year. He has participated in master classes given by distinguished pianists such as Christopher Elton, Pavel Nersessian, Evelyne Brancart, Robert Kulek, Leon McCawley and Ronan O’Hora.


Event co-ordinator and GMIT lecturer Maria Murphy says “This, the second concert in the series promises, to be a very special event, as it involves students and lecturers on culinary arts programmes in the College of Tourism & Arts in our Galway campus.  We’re delighted to offer this unique cultural experience to the public.”


The concert takes place in GMIT Galway (Dublin Road campus) in Room 903 of the new building. For those who wish to attend the concert, tickets cost €12,  €10 (friends & concessions) and €6 (students). Parking is free.  The pre-concert dinner begins at 5.30pm.  The cost of the Food & Music event package is €40.


Tickets for the Food & Music Event are limited and will sell out fast so please book early to avoid disappointment. To book your place, please contact  You will then receive a confirmation e-mail and arrangements for payment and ticket collection.