In late 2017 three Irish composers, David Coonan, Barry O’Halpin and Norah Walsh, were selected to participate in Choral Sketches 2017/2018, a partnership project between Chamber Choir Ireland and the Contemporary Music Centre, in an anonymous selection process.
Through Chamber Choir Ireland’s membership of TENSO, the network of professional chamber choirs in Europe, Serbian composer Jug Markovic will also participate in the Choral Sketches programme, nominated and supported by TENSO.
Choral Sketches presents a unique professional development opportunity for composers who wish to develop their skills in writing choral music with mentoring from renowned composer Tarik O’Regan. It provides a creative and open environment for composers to deepen their experience in writing for voices in a choral context.
Each of the selected composers received online mentoring from Tarik O’Regan from December 2017 – January 2018 leading to the development of a series of compositional sketches for a new choral work which were the focus of a public workshop led by Tarik O’Regan and CCI with Guest Conductor Nils Schweckendiek in January 2018 and will be followed by a performance reading later in the year. Composer Anna Murray was also selected for mentoring by Tarik O’Regan.
Photo Credit Joseph Carr
2017’s project participants were composers Amanda Feery, Michael Gallen and Seán Doherty.