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, Donal Mac Erlaine.
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.
Donal Mac Erlaine
Donal Mac Erlaine initially trained as a musicologist. He is a self-taught guitarist and composer. He has been involved with film, theatre and dance in addition to working as a soloist. He holds a diploma in classical guitar from the RIAM and a masters degree in historical musicology from UCD and presented the world-music radio show Counter Points on DublinCityFM and CuriousBroadcast.com. His music has been performed by Concorde, Atlas Ensemble, Quiet Music Ensemble, Dublin Laptop Orchestra, Rhombus, John Feeley and others and his educational works have won special and honourable mentions in international composition competitions. He is currently working on a set of guitar etudes as well as an extended dance collaboration. His debut album El Sur, which is an imaginary journey through South American guitar music, is available for free. http://donalmac.com/
Donal’s winning piece Solomon Grundy was premiered at Chamber Choir Ireland’s Gala Concert on Friday 2nd May at 7.30pm in St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral.
The work was also discussed and analysed in the 46th Seminar on New Choral Music on Friday 2nd May at 2pm and was part of the Seán Ó Riada Performance Reading Sessions on Saturday 3rd May at 10am in the Stack Theatre at Cork School of Music.
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.