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The Contemporary Music Centre February Newsletter
 

Here's a brief summary of what we've been up to in January as well as a sneak preview of some of exciting projects and events happening in February!

DAVID FENNESSY NOMINATED FOR A SCOTTISH NEW MUSIC AWARD.   

The shortlist for the first ever Scottish Awards for New Music has been announced and includes a nomination for Glasgow-based Irish composer David Fennessy Fennessy's work Panopticon  has been nominated in the category of small/medium scale works and  was selected for the shortlist from over 180 works submitted by artists, audience members and the general public. The Awards are organised by New Music Scotland and will take place in Glasgow on 8 March 2017. Read more.  


HARD RAIN SOLOIST ENSEMBLE PERFORM AT TEMPERED FESTIVAL IN BELFAST 

Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble, Northern Ireland's leading group in the performance of modern an contemporary music, performed a diverse programme of contemporary music from Ireland at Tempered Festival in Belfast on 6 November 2016. The concert featured the works of a number of CMC composers, including two premieres of new works by Andrew Hamilton and Ryan Molloy. You can now watch videos of the works being performed at this special concert on our website!


FIVE QUESTIONS FOR MICHAEL HOLOHAN

Composer Michael Holohan recently celebrated his 60th birthday and a special birthday concert was held on 29 January at the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin. To mark the occasion, CMC asked Michael five questions about his composing and performing activities, and his thoughts on reaching 60. Read more.

ED BENNETT RECEIVES COMPOSER'S FUND AWARD

CMC wishes to congratulate UK-based Irish composer Ed Bennett, who is one of 12 composers to receive an award from the Composers' Fund, PRS Foundation's latest round of funding. 
The fund aims to support the creative and professional development of talented composers by offering direct access to funding and enabling them realise projects that may not be possible through traditional commissioning models.

Ed will use the award to work on a new piece for the Crash Ensemble and his own group Decibel and spoke to CMC about concepts and ideas behind the piece. Read more.

CMC Shop Spotlight 

Next month, CMC will attend the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) conference in Minneapolis to promote the richness and diversity of contemporary choral music from Ireland.   We will be promoting our publication  Choirland: An Anthology of Irish Choral Music, a collection of 15 pieces by Irish composers for unaccompanied mixed choir at ACDA.
Each piece is presented with performance notes and the book includes a CD recording of the music by the Chamber Choir Ireland. This anthology is an essential resource for choral conductors, choirs, performers and choral music programmers interested in contemporary choral music from Ireland. 
Visit CMC's online shop to purchase Choirland and to hear excerpts and view sample pages of the pieces!  


Upcoming events in February 
GERALD BARRY PREMIERE: HUMILIATED AND INSULTED    
10 February 2017, National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, 8pm 

The premiere of a new work by Gerald Barry, RTÉ's current Composer-in-Residence (2015-18) takes place this evening at the National Concert Hall, performed by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and RTÉ Philharmonic Choir. The work,  Humiliated and Insulted,  is the first in a series of commissions by Gerald Barry written during the residency.

MORE FEBRUARY EVENTS
Date: Sunday 12 February, 12 noon 
Venue:  Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane,  Charlemont House, Parnell Square
Dublin 1

Date: Wednesday 15 February, 8.30 pm
Venue:  Ulster Hall,  Bedford Street,  Belfast 

Date: Tuesday 21 February, 7.30 pm  
Venue:  Ulster Museum,  Botanic Gardens,  Belfast

Date: 23- 26 February, various times 
Venue: Belfast, Limerick and Dublin 

Date: 28 February- 23 March, various times
Venue: Various venues and locations 


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