Winners Announced: 2013 RTÉ lyric fm / IMRO Composition Bursaries


    RTÉ lyric fm is pleased to announce that it will award bursaries of €800 each to Sebastian Adams (Dublin) and Darragh Kearns-Hayes (Cork) to compose a 5-8 minute work for the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. Supported by the Irish Music Rights Organisations (IMRO), the award will include mentoring during the compositional process by Linda Buckley, RTÉ lyric fm’s Composer in Residence, a workshop with RTÉ NSO Principal Musicians facilitated by conductor Gavin Maloney and a recording of the new work by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra.

    This is a unique opportunity for young composers and Linda Buckley is looking forward to working with Sebastian and Darragh, saying: Writing for such large-scale forces can be a daunting process, it’s a marriage of logistics and creativity and I am delighted to have the chance to guide the bursary winners in their first orchestral commission. The final works will be recorded and broadcast on RTÉ lyric fm’s new music show, Nova presented by Bernard Clarke on Sunday nights

    This is the second year that RTÉ lyric fm has award bursaries to young composers supported by the Irish Music Rights Organisation. In 2011 Enda Bates and Seán Clancy worked with Linda Buckley and both have subsequently gone on to secure many more orchestral commissions and premieres for their work.

    About Sebastian Adams
    Sebastian has studied composition in Vienna with Karlheinz Essl and currently studies in Dublin under Kevin O’Connell and Jonathan Nangle. His music has been performed extensively all over Ireland, including performances at Kaleidoscope and the Hilltown Festival, as well as in Belgium and Austria. Performers have included Crash Ensemble, Kirkos, The Robinson Panorama Quartet, Benyounes Quartet, William Dowdall, Kate Ellis, Cora Venus Lunny, Andrew Zolinsky and (many times) his father David Adams. Sebastian is a busy viola player, especially active in contemporary music. He is chairman of the Irish Composers’ Collective and founder and director of Kirkos.

    About Darragh Kearns-Hayes
    Darragh Kearns-Hayes (b.1990), a Cork native, began his studies at the Cork School of Music at an early age. He is due to graduate from the BMus degree course in October of this year, through-out which he studied composition with C.S.L Parker and orchestration with Alan Cutts. His musical influences are wide-ranging and his compositions are often a synthesis of many styles, with rhythmic ingenuity being something that he always strives towards. He also has a keen interest in music recording and production and forms one half of Fear Stalks The Land!, an electronic music duo. Darragh loves making music videos and wearing jumpers knit by his nan.

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