The family of the late Veronica ‘Ronnie’ Dunne donated their extensive collection of sheet music, recordings and other memorabilia to the Royal Irish Acadamy of Music.
The collection includes photographs from his life as an international soprano and a Petrof grand piano that will be housed in a room named after and dedicated to Ronnie Dunne in the redeveloped RIAM campus, which will open in spring 2022.
The family is also planning a contribution from the foundation to scholarships that RIAM will develop to carry on Dr. Dunne’s legacy.
“Veronica Dunne was a much loved and revered member of the RIAM Singing Faculty. Teaching with us until the last year of university, and with all of her energy and passion for singing and opera students, she continued to inspire us all, ”said Deborah Kelleher, Director of RIAM. noted.
“His is one of the most important legacies of Irish vocal pedagogy, and history books will mark his contribution to music in Ireland as immense.
“We are very grateful to her family for providing us with such an important and personal archive of her life’s work that we will proudly house in the Veronica Dunne Room at RIAM,” she added.
Speaking on behalf of the family, Dr Dunne’s daughter Judy Gaughan said she was thrilled.
“My brother Peter McCarthy and I are delighted to hear that our mother’s extraordinary legacy and generous spirit will be indelibly marked by RIAM’s dedication of a hall to her name when its campus opens. redeveloped in 2022.
“We are delighted to donate a vast and personal collection of our mother’s personal musical memorabilia and that her beloved piano will continue to sound in a space that recognizes the significant contribution she has made to Irish musical life. “
Meanwhile, applications have been open for the 10th Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition, which is scheduled to take place January 20-25 next year at the National Concert Hall.
There will be live and online auditions in the fall, both in Dublin and at prestigious venues across Europe.