Éire Lavery Awarded 2020/21 Irish Heritage Music Bursary for Composition
Éire Lavery, who is studying for a degree in Composition at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, is the recipient of the 2020/21 Irish Heritage Music Bursary for Composition.
The Bursary, which is worth £3,000, was open to young, first or second generation Irish composers studying at recognised music conservatoires and colleges in this country and Ireland. An encouraging number of entries was received in this the third year of the award.
The theme for this year’s Bursary composition was “Inspiring the Spirit” – a response to the need to enable the joy of music to lift the gloom that has descended on these islands and the world in general as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Éire (19) is the first second generation Irish person to receive the bursary - his mother and grandmother come from Lurgan in County Armagh.
Announcing the award of the bursary, Audrey McKenna, Irish Heritage’s Artistic Adviser-Ireland, said, “Never has it been more relevant to support our artists in this difficult time. The Arts in particular have kept us going emotionally over the past 12 months when contact has been so distanced. To have new music to perform and for audiences to look forward to hearing it performed in the not-too-distant future keeps the spirit lifted and hope real. We’re looking forward to hearing Éire’s composition premiered in London in April next year."
Irish Heritage is grateful to Dr Sean Doherty of Dublin City University for leading the adjudication of this year’s entries and to the Ireland Funds for their support of the bursary.