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The Contemporary Music Centre November Newsletter
 

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

5 QUESTIONS FOR GAVIN BRENNAN 
Saxophonist and contemporary music enthusiast Gavin Brennan programmed and performed in CMC's October Salon Series concert, alongside Aileen Cahill (piano), Adrian Mantu (cello) and Adreea Banciu (viola). In advance of the concert, CMC asked Gavin some questions about the Irish contemporary music landscape for young musicians. Read the full interview here.

You can also see photos and audio recordings of our October Salon concert here, which featured the premiere of a new work by  Jonathan Nangle for baritone sax and electronics, as well as music by Ailí­s Ní­ Rí­ain, Deirdre Mc Kay, Eric Sweeney and Matthew Whiteside.  

THE MORNINGTON SINGERS WIN CMC AWARD AT DERRY INTERNATIONAL CHORAL FESTIVAL 
The City of Derry International Choral Festival took place on the 19-23 October 2016. As part of the festival, The Contemporary Music Centre presents an annual award for the best performance of a piece by an Irish composer. The purpose of this award is to encourage choirs of all standards and abilities to perform the large volume of choral repertoire composed by CMC registered composers.  

This year's prize was awarded to The Mornington Singers, who performed Rhona Clarke's   Regina Coeli .   The choir also took third place overall in the International Competition category. A   commemorative  engraved plate, cash prize plus vouchers to redeem on choral works from the Contemporary Music Centre were presented to the choir by CMC's librarian Susan Brodigan. CMC extends its warmest congratulations to The Mornington Singers and to the organising committee of this year's festival. 

COMPOSER FOCUS: AMANDA FEERY, JUDITH RING AND JANE O'LEARY  

In advance of our final Salon Series concert on 17 November featuring performers Martin Johnson (cello) and Adele Johnson (viola), CMC asked composers Jane O'Leary, Amanda Feery and Judith Ring about their new works for cello and viola which will be premiered at this month's Salon, as well exploring some of their artistic influences and thoughts on the Irish contemporary music landscape. Read the full Q & A here

JOHN GIBSON R.I.P

CMC was saddened to learn of composer and pianist John Gibson's unexpected death on 1 September 2016 at his home in Cork. By way of a small tribute, CMC asked two composers who knew him well and worked with him during his career - Vincent Kennedy and Jane O'Leary - to share some of their memories of him, which you can read   here.
CMC would like to extend our deepest condolences to the Gibson family.


Upcoming events in November 
CMC NOVEMBER SALON SERIES: NEW WORKS FOR CELLO & VIOLA BY FEMALE IRISH COMPOSERS   
17 November 2016, Lutheran Hall, 24 Adelaide Road, Dublin 2, 7-8pm 
The Contemporary Music Centre rounds off its 2016 Salon Series with an exciting programme of world premieres.  This month's concert features a programme of new works for cello and viola by composers Jane O'Leary, Judith Ring and Amanda Feery, especially commissioned and performed by the very talented strings duo, Martin Johnson (cello) and Adele Johnson (viola). It will be hosted by composer Jonathan Nangle, and will also feature a composers talk and a small wine reception before the concert, to celebrate the closing of our 2016 Salon programme. 
For further information and to reserve your place, visit our website!   

MORE NOVEMBER EVENTS
Kevin Volans Premieres: Piano Concerto no.4, String Quartet no.12
Date: Friday 11 November, 8pm 
Venue: CBSO Centre, Berkeley Street, Birmingham

Date: Sunday 13 November, 12 noon
Venue:  The Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin

Date: Tuesday 22 November, 8pm 
Venue: University Concert Hall, Limerick 

Date: Wednesday 23 November, 7pm 
Venue: The Little Museum of Dublin


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