Please note that applications for 2014 Seán Ó Riada Composition Competition are now closed! 30 applications were received and are currently under review by the Festival’s panel of composers and choral experts. Stay tuned for further updates!
The Seán Ó Riada Competition is a composition competition which invites the submission of new works from Irish composers. The competition is an annual collaboration between the Cork International Choral Festival and Chamber Choir Ireland (formerly The National Chamber Choir of Ireland). Each year the winning composition is selected by a panel, comprising of composers and choral experts, and becomes a featured work at the Seminar for New Choral Music (artists in residence – Chamber Choir Ireland).
The winning composition will receive its premiere performance during the Festival at a Gala Concert given by Chamber Choir Ireland, conducted by Paul Hillier. The composer of the work will be invited to attend the Festival as its guest and play an active part in the Seminar session.
Previous winners of the competition include such well-known names as Rhona Clarke, Patrick Connolly, Séamas de Barra, Michael Holohan, Marian Ingoldsby, Simon MacHale, Michael McGlynn, Kevin O’Connell, and this year’s winner, Solfa Carlile.
Composers born, or resident, in Ireland are eligible to apply. Applications are welcomed from both established and emerging composers.
While the premiere performance of the work will be given by Chamber Choir Ireland, a chamber choir of 16 voices, it should have the potential to be accessible for performance by a wider range of high standard amateur Irish choirs. The following parameters apply:
It is desirable that the work be presented in computerised notation A4 format (Sibelius or other). The text utilised, including its writer and source, should be detailed on a separate page and form part of the score presentation. If hand-written, scores should be legible and suitable for duplication for performance and study purposes in maximum A4 format.
In keeping with best practice, and to ensure the anonymity of composers’ identities in the application, assessment, and selection process the method of application will be as follows:
The assessment panel will consist of a minimum of three persons. Both established composers and persons with choral expertise will be represented on the panel.
Friday 13th December 2013 – Please note that 2014 applications are now closed
Originally from Cork, Solfa Carlile graduated from the Royal College of Music, London with an MMus in 2011. In 2010 she was awarded the Jerome Hynes commission at the National Concert Hall for her piece Sounds based on rendan Kennelly’s poem, and received a patron’s award from the London Chamber Orchestra for her work Ad Locum. She was one of three young composers mentored by Sir Harrison Birtwistle for a collaborative music-theatre project, Theatre of Illusion, at Dartington the same year. In 2011 she was appointed composer-in-residence for the Orchestra of St. Paul’s, Covent Garden. Her piece Saul and the Witch was one of the winners of the West Cork Chamber Music Festival Composition Competition in 2012. She has a keen interest in research, and has delivered papers at three International Arts Conferences. Carlile is concerned with bridging the gap between accessibility and intellectuality in her work, and draws on a broad palette of influences, ranging from Irish folk-music to specialised concert music. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate at Oxford University, with support from Irish Arts Council and the Seary Trust.
Solfa’s winning composition Upon the Rose performed by Chamber Choir Ireland (formerlythe National Chamber Choir of Ireland at the Cork International Choral Festival 2013.
The following scores are made available for study purposes only, and are provided with the permission of the composers. They are not to be duplicated for any reason without prior agreement being received from the composer.
John Fitzpatrick, Festival Director
Sinéad Madden, Festival Manager
Cork International Choral Festival
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