Composers in the Classroom Gala Concert

Over the past six months, Chamber Choir Ireland and the Contemporary Music Centre have worked together on bringing Composers in the Classroom to fruition, a pilot education project that brings established Irish composers into second-level schools throughout the island to coach students in the creative process of composing for choir.

From November 2016 through to March 2017, Composers Deirdre McKay, Ian Wilson, Annemarie O’Farrell, Elaine Agnew and Irene Buckley have travelled the length and breadth of the country to offer over 40 focussed choral composition mentoring workshops to transition year/sixth form students in the following nine schools:

  • 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
  • Assumption Grammar School, Ballanahinch
  • Erne integrated college, Enniskillen

The composer’s visits were supplemented by a visit from a singer from Chamber Choir Ireland so as to give a performer’s perspective, and the student’s finished compositions will all be recorded by singers from Chamber Choir Ireland.

A selection of works from participating students will be presented in a gala performance featuring singers from Chamber Choir Ireland taking place in The National Concert Hall on the 7th of April at 4 pm. This concert is open to the public and tickets are available via the following link HERE.


This project was made possible through kind support from the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.



Expressions of interest from schools for future participation in the Composers in the Classroom project are welcome and should be directed towards