RTÉ lyric fm has announced that it will award bursaries of €800 each to two composers aged between 18-24, interested in writing a 5-8 minute work for the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. The award will include mentoring during the compositional process by Linda Buckley, the RTÉ lyric fm Composer in Residence in association with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, a workshop with RTÉ NSO Principals and a recording of the new work by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra.Violin

This is the second year that RTÉ lyric fm has awarded bursaries to young composers supported by the Irish Music Rights Organisation. In 2011 Enda Bates and Seán Clancy worked with Linda Buckley to produce two new works that were recorded by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and premiered on Nova, presented by Bernard Clarke on RTÉ lyric fm.

As part of the creative process, conductor Gavin Maloney will facilitate a workshop for the composers with RTÉ NSO principal players. This workshop will focus on considerations with regard to writing for orchestral instruments, feedback on composers’ compositional ideas and considerations regarding the layout and presentation of the score and individual parts.

RTÉ lyric fm is interested in hearing from composers who have a track record in writing new acoustic or electro-acoustic work for soloists and small ensembles, and who are interested in developing their compositional experience and knowledge by writing for orchestra. You should be aware of the need to meet agreed deadlines and the challenge of writing for the dynamic musical range of the core forces of an orchestra. Composers are asked to bear in mind the likely audience which a new work could reach in public performance and/or radio broadcast. Their composition should be fulfilling to perform and compelling in terms of securing subsequent performances in the concert hall and on RTÉ lyric fm.


Composers should be aged between 18-24
Composers should be Irish or Irish-based
Composers should make one application through this process
Compositions already completed will not be supported through this process.


– Range and artistic merit of previous experience
– Originality and competency demonstrated in the proposal
– The proposed be suitable for broadcast during the daytime on RTÉ lyric fm
– Feasibility, for example, the ability to deliver the commission scored appropriately within the proposed budget and the agreed timeline.


Applications should be submitted in hard copy and must include:

– a covering letter and CV of the composer
– a description of the work seeking commission
– appropriate support material: samples of the composer’s work including sound/video recordings on CD/ DVD only with full information of tracks, performers, instrumentation etc. and scores of previous compositions.


The two recipients of the RTÉ lyric fm / IMRO Mentored Composition Bursary will be selected by Linda Buckley, Gavin Maloney and two representatives from RTÉ lyric fm.

Applications should be received by 5pm on Tuesday 16th April.

All applications should be forwarded to:

RTÉ lyric fm / IMRO Mentored Composition Bursary
RTÉ lyric fm
Cornmarket Square

Notification of the confirmation of receipt of applications will follow by email. The assessment group will make their decisions by the end of April and notification of decisions will be announced subsequently.


You will be informed in writing after which discussions will commence and a contract will issue and include an agreed timeline to completion.


You will be informed in writing and negotiations will not be entered into. Eligibility and compliance with application procedures alone will not guarantee a commission. For further information please e mail: ei.etr@mfciryl.resopmoc



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