Over the past five months, Chamber Choir Ireland and the Contemporary Music Centre worked together to bring Composers in the Classroom to fruition, a pilot education project that brought composers Deirdre McKay, Ian Wilson, Annemarie O’Farrell, Elaine Agnew and Irene Buckley to lead over 40 workshops with schools in Cork, Belfast, Dublin, Dundalk and Enniskillen, coaching the participating students in the creative process of composing for a choir. The composer’s visits were supplemented by one of the ChamberChoir Ireland singers, to give a performer’s perspective, and the student’s finished compositions were all recorded by members of Chamber Choir Ireland over the course of an intensive week.
A selection of works from participating students were then presented in a wonderful gala performance in the National Concert Hall on the 7th of April, performed by singers from Chamber Choir Ireland. This concert was open to the public and was a wonderful opportunity to hear the huge amount of young composition talent that we worked with during this project.
The schools we collaborated with were:
Colaiste Choilm, Ballincollig, Cork
Gonzaga College, Dublin
Bush Post-Primary, Dundalk
Aquinas Grammar School, Belfast
St Mary’s Secondary School, Mallow, Cork
St Andrew’s College, Dublin
St Vincent’s Secondary School, Dundalk
St Malachy’s College, Belfast
Assumption Grammar School, Ballynahinch
Erne integrated college, Enniskillen
Below are a selection of photographs from this wonderful project and we look forward to hearing from some of the young composers in the future!