Now in its third year, the Composers in the Classroom project sees a selection of leading composers from Ireland, who are represented by Contemporary Music Centre, travel to 10 schools around the island of Ireland to coach students in the creative process of composing for an SATB (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass) choir. The composer’s visits are supplemented by a visit from a singer from Chamber Choir Ireland so as to give a performer’s perspective. All student compositions are then recorded by Chamber Choir Ireland and a selection of works from participating students are performed by Chamber Choir Ireland in a gala performance as part of the New Music Dublin Festival.
This project is jointly delivered by Chamber Choir Ireland and the Contemporary Music Centre with the support of the Arts Council of Ireland and The National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
Composers for 2018/19:
Deirdre McKay together with Elaine Agnew, Alyson Barber, Irene Buckley, Eoghan Desmond, Neil Martin and Anne-Marie O’Farrell.
Schools for 2018/19:
Assumption Grammar School, Down, St Colman’s College, Newry, Carrickfergus Grammar School, Colaiste Choilm, Cork, St Mary’s Secondary School, Cork, Presentation College, Athenry, Sandford School, Dublin, St Raphela’s Secondary School, Dublin, Mean Schoil Mhuire, Longford and Convent of Mercy Secondary School, Roscommon.
A testament to the success of this programme in the past is its previous participants and now established Irish composers; Andrew Hamilton, Garrett Sholdice, and Eoghan Desmond.
For more information or to inquire about participation in future projects please contact Beccy@nullchamberchoirireland.com or 015545210