Encouraging response to inaugural Music Bursary for Composition

Irish Heritage has received an encouraging response to its inaugural Music Bursary for Composition. Entries for the Bursary closed on the 31 st January by which time submissions had been received from young composers in conservatoires and universities in Britain and Ireland.

The compositions now pass to a panel of expert adjudicators who will assess the entries both for their musical excellence and for how well they reflect the theme of the Bursary which is “peace and reconciliation in an Ireland-Britain context in these testing times”.

The composer of the successful composition will receive an award of £3,000 to be used in furthering their artistic and professional development.

The bursary, which has been made possible through the support of the Ireland Funds of Great Britain and a generous donor, complements the Irish Heritage Music Bursary for Performance which was launched in 2015 and which has already had a major impact.

Commenting on the response to the new Bursary, Patrick Lennon, Chairman of Irish Heritage, said, “The response to the launch of this new bursary proves that the time is right to encourage contemporary classical music composition with Irish themes and nurture the composers of the music that will be performed by future performers.

“Our adjudicators now face the difficult task of deciding on the successful composition to which Irish Heritage will give a world premiere at an event in London later in the spring.”