The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and Contemporary Music Centre presented world premieres of Wah-man by Maria Minguella and Three’s Company by Anne-Marie O’Farrell, to mark the culmination of Composer Lab 2018, presented live from Studio 1 in the RTÉ Radio Centre.

Now in its third year, Composer Lab provides a creative, open environment to composers to deepen their understanding of writing for the full forces of a symphony orchestra.

Using their works-in-progress as a starting point, composers participate in one-to-one mentoring sessions with the mentor composer, and with section leaders of the orchestra. This is followed by a public workshop with the full orchestra, mentor composer and conductor, during which they receive feedback before revising and finally submitting their works for public performance.  

This unique event, presented by lyric fm's Ellen Cranitch, includes interviews with the two composers and contributions and insights into the workings of Composer Lab from mentor composer David Fennessy and RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra conductor Gavin Maloney.

The performance is being recorded for subsequent broadcast on RTÉ lyric fm in celebration of RTÉ lyric fm’s birthday and the continuing celebrations throughout 2018 of 70 years of the RTÉ NSO.