Next Generation Artists – Composers in the Classroom 2018

Over the last six months, eight highly esteemed composers from Ireland, who are represented by Contemporary Music Centre, travelled to schools in Counties Armagh, Cork, Down, Dublin, Fermanagh, Galway, and Louth to coach over 40 students in the creative process of composing for an SATB (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass) choir. The composer’s visits were supplemented by a visit from a singer from Chamber Choir Ireland so as to give a performer’s perspective. All student compositions were recorded by Chamber Choir Ireland and a selection of works from participating students will be performed by Chamber Choir Ireland in this 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: Deirdre McKay together with Elaine Agnew, Alyson Barber, Irene Buckley, Eoghan Desmond, Neil Martin, Anne-Marie O’Farrell and Ian Wilson.


Erne Integrated, Enniskillen, Assumption Grammar, Down, St Colman’s College, Newry, Carrickfergus Grammar, Bush Post Primary, Louth, St Vincents Secondary School, Dundalk, Colaiste Choilm, Cork, St Mary’s Secondary School, Cork, Presentation College, Athenry, Sandford School, Dublin

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 or 015545210