THE West Cork Chamber Music Festival in partnership with the Contemporary Music Centre announces details of a Composition Competition for young Irish composers at the 2014 West Cork Chamber Music Festival.


The West Cork Chamber Music Festival is delighted to partner with the Contemporary Music Centre for this Composition Competition in 2014. It reflects the commitment of the Festival and the Centre to nurture the creation and performance of new Irish music

West Cork Music invites Irish composers under 35years of age on 1 January 2014 to submit works for string quartet (violin, violin, viola, cello) of  between 5-8 minutes duration for performance at the 2014 West Cork Chamber Music Festival.


Four works will be selected. The composer of each selected work will receive a prize of €500 and will be asked to attend a workshop at the Festival on Saturday 28 June 2014 where the piece will be played through by a group on the Festival’s masterclass programme. This will be followed by an informal public workshop between composer and performers led by an international composer. The premieres will take place during the Festival in the Town Concert series 29 June and 1, 2 and 4 July.


“This is an unparalleled opportunity for Irish composers and we are honoured to collaborate with the West Cork Chamber Music Festival in the creation of this competition. The West Cork Chamber Music Festival is a world class festival with a world class programme, a real gem in the musical life of Ireland” says Evonne Ferguson, Director, The Contemporary Music Centre. ??The aim of the competition is to give aspiring Irish composers a platform for their work to be evaluated and performed in front of an audience. Entrants must be of Irish nationality, born in Northern Ireland or resident on the island of Ireland and must be under the age of 35 on 1 January 2014. Submissions are to be sent to Karen Hennessy, Contemporary Music Centre, 19 Fishamble St, Temple Bar, Dublin 8.  Email : khennessy@cmc.ie. Scores must be received by 31 March 2014. Selected compositions will be announced on www.cmc.ie and www.westcorkmusic.ie by 15 April 2014.


West Cork Music was established in 1995 and has grown from a small voluntary organisation to a company that is dedicated to bringing the highest calibre of musical experience to Ireland. West Cork Music promotes the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, which has become one of the leading chamber music events in Europe. It also organises the West Cork Literary Festival, Masters of Tradition and a music in schools education scheme. www.westcorkmusic.ie


The Contemporary Music Centre is Ireland’s national archive and resource centre for new music, supporting and developing the work of composers throughout the Republic and Northern Ireland.


For further information on the Centre contact Karen Hennessy, Promotion Manager, The Contemporary Music Centre, 19 Fishamble Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 8. Tel: 01 673 1922 Email: khennessy@cmc.ie web site: www.cmc.ie.

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