It is our great pleasure to announce that the winner of this year’s Seán Ó Riada Composition Competition is Solfa Carlile for her composition Upon the Rose. Solfa is originally from Fermoy, and graduated from the Royal College of Music, London, with an MMus in 2011. She is presently pursuing a doctorate at Oxford University.
The Festival acknowledges the generous support of the Ó Riada Family in donating the Prize Money for the winning composer.
The Seán O’Riada Competition is a composition competition which invites the submission of new works from Irish composers. The competition is a collaboration between the Cork International Choral Festival and the National Chamber Choir of Ireland.
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 – The National Chamber Choir of Ireland). It receives its premiere performance during the Festival at a Gala Concert given by the National Chamber Choir of Ireland, conducted by Paul Hillier, on Friday 3rd May, 2013. The composer of the work is invited to attend the festival as its guest and plays 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 last year’s winner, Frank Corcoran. The anonymous application and assessment process utilising a pseudonym has caught peoples’ imagination and has ensured an absolutely fair way of arriving at a decision on the part of the assessment panel. 28 applications were received this year maintaining the high level of previous years.
As an added incentive to composers, a representative selection of the compositions received will be given a Performance Reading by the National Chamber Choir on the Saturday of the Festival. This public session will be presented as part of the educational activities of both NCC and CICF and will involve open discussion on the works.