I have recently been awarded an RTÉ Lyric FM/IMRO Composition Bursary. This Bursary will enable me to create an orchestral piece for the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra which will loosely deal with anxieties of change created by predetermining one’s structure. The other recipient of this award was the fantastic Enda Bates and the whole scheme is mentored by RTÉ lyric fm’s Composer in Residence, Linda Buckley. I’m really looking forward to engaging with this project and I’m eternally grateful to have been selected for such a brilliant opportunity. The full press release can be read here
In other news I’m currently putting the finishing touches to a commission from the new Birmingham based chamber Orchestra, Toy Sound Circus. This piece entitled White Paintings is based on the last paintings of Willem de Kooning executed while he suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. These paintings are spectacular for their bold use of colour and their focus on single lines.
Additionally, I’m making some minor alterations to my BCMG/SAM commission Findetotenlieder which will be premiered on 3 February 2012. It promises to be a spectacular performance and I hope many people can make it….