Category Archives: Composer News

A new Christmas Carol by Elaine Agnew is available to download

Child Within is the title of Elaine Agnew’s latest Christmas carol, and it is available to download without charge here. The work for unison choir and piano is commissioned by RTÉ lyric fm for their Choirs for Christmas competition and is a setting of a specially commissioned Christmas poem by Gabriel Fitzmaurice. Child Within is one of three Christmas carols […]

Awards and nominations for Brian Irvine

Belfast-based composer Brian Irvine has recently received a number of awards and nominations for his work. Irvine is the current, and first, Music Laureate for Belfast, and is best known for his theatre works and participatory works for children. He was recently announced as one of three composers to win the prestigious Paul Hamlyn Foundation […]

New book and concert celebrating the work of Frank Corcoran at 70

A new Festschrift or celebratory book about the life and work of composer Frank Corcoran, written by Hans Dieter Gruenefeld, will be released on 24 November. The book marks the composer’s 70th birthday, and will be launched by CMC director Evonne Ferguson at a Salon Series event at the RIAM which will feature Corcoran’s work Trauerfelder performed by […]

Jane O’Leary has composed a collection of short pieces for advanced piano students

With a mission in mind to provide advanced piano students with a collection of short pieces which focus on careful use of the sostenuto pedal, Jane O’Leary has composed a collection of five pieces for solo piano. An experienced pianist herself, she is acutely aware of the challenges involved in writing for piano, and considers the […]

A new chamber opera by Ian Wilson tours during November and December

The Last Siren is a collaboration between Ian Wilson, director Ksenija Krnajski, vocalist Lauren Kinsella and sound art collective The Quiet Club. The experimental opera takes its inspiration from the Greek story of the Sirens, and centres on a hermit-like woman who believes she is the last of the Sirens. In a libretto written by Wilson, […]

Karen Power has a number of performances taking place during November

Currently based in Berlin as artist in residence through a DAAD award, the performances taking place in Ireland include a number of premieres. Her work for flute and electronics, relocating elk…by train (2011), will be performed by Carin Levine on 5 November as part of lunchtime concert in SARC, Belfast. The work featured on CMC’s […]

Installation and album by Ailis Ní Ríain at the Bronte Parsonage

Composer Ailis Ní Ríain has launched a new installation at the Brontë Parsonage Museum, home of the Brontë family from 1820-1861, titled Linger. Linger consists of six new works, written on the rarely-played Brontë family piano: each responds to a different room of the parsonage and is designed to be six interlocking parts of a whole. […]

Sebastian Adams announced as RTÉ lyric fm composer-in-residence

RTÉ lyric fm have announced Sebastian Adams as this year’s composer-in-residence. Adams will be the third official composer-in-residence attached to the broadcaster, following from Linda Buckley and Elaine Agnew. As composer-in-residence, he will write several new works for broadcast on lyric fm, including Christmas carols, an orchestral suite, and a piece for use in school workshops, as […]

A new multimedia work by Ian Wilson is premiered in Bandon on 27 September

Feldwege/Holzwege is the title of Ian Wilson’s latest work. The piece is a multimedia work with film by Johnnie Lawson, and features a performance by violinist Cliondha Ryan with live electronics. Commissioned with funds from Cork County Council, the piece interacts with a film of North-west Irish landscapes by Irish video artist Johnnie Lawson. From […]

A new book on Frank Corcoran celebrating his recent 70th birthday has been published

The ‘Festschrift’, Frank Corcoran at Seventy, is edited by Hans-Dieter Grünefeld and brings together a range of interviews, articles and reflections on Frank Corcoran and his music from several authors. Also included in the book are some of the composer’s notes, memories and photos of his musical past, as well as paintings from Lazio, Italy […]