Irish Heritage announces new Music Bursary for Composition
£3,000 Award for successful young composer
Irish Heritage is pleased to announce the launch a new bursary for an original classical music composition on an Irish theme by a young Irish composer based in Ireland or Britain.
The new bursary, which has been made possible through the support of the Ireland Fund of Great Britain and a generous donor, complements the Irish Heritage Music Bursary for Performance which was launched in 2015 and which has already had a major impact.
The new Bursary is open to young first and second generation Irish composers studying at recognised music conservatoires and other colleges in Ireland and Britain. Students are invited to participate through the relevant music departments.
Announcing the new Bursary, Patrick Lennon, Chairman of Irish Heritage said, “Since its formation in 1974 Irish Heritage has focused on the celebration and performance of classical and Irish music of the past in the process encouraging and launching the careers of many now established Irish singers and musicians.
“The organisation believes that the time has come to turn its attention to contemporary classical music composition with Irish themes and nurture the composers of the music that will be performed by future performers.
“We are most grateful to the Ireland Fund of Great Britain and to one of our generous supporters for providing the funding to launch this exciting new bursary. I hope it will attract interest and submissions from young Irish composers in both countries.”
The theme of the inaugural Bursary composition is peace and reconciliation in an Ireland-Britain context in these testing times.
The recipient of the successful composition will receive an award of £3,000 to be used in furthering their artistic and professional development. The composition will be premiered at an Irish Heritage event in London.
The panel of adjudicators, which will consist of leading, current professional performers and academics drawn from Ireland and Britain, will be announced in early December.
Visit the Irish Heritage website at https://irishheritage.co.uk/ for full details.