Composers in Conversation

The Contemporary Music Centre collaborates with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra to present Composers in Conversation in RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Horizons 2011.

The Contemporary Music Centre, in association with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, presents a new format pre-concert talk entitled Composers in Conversation as part of the RTÉ NSO's lunchtime Horizons Contemporary Music Series 2011. All concerts are free of charge.

Composers in Conversation features each of the five composers of the Horizons Contemporary Music Series in conversation with Evonne Ferguson, Director, The Contemporary Music Centre.
Kevin O’Connell (11 January), David Fennessy (18 January), Piers Hellawell (22 February); Philip Hammond (10 May) and Jerome de Bromhead (17 May) are the five featured composers. Each Composer in Conversation event will take place at 12.30pm in the John Field Room, prior to each concert starting at 1.05pm in the main auditorium.
“The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Horizons Contemporary Music Series has always been a very welcome start to the New Year for me and I am delighted this year to have the opportunity to converse with the five featured composers on their exciting programmes and work” says Evonne Ferguson, Director, The Contemporary Music Centre.
A total of 15 works by seven different composers will be performed over the five concerts taking place between January and May. Two world premieres, by Kevin O’Connell and Jerome de Bromhead, feature as well as a 60th birthday tribute to Philip Hammond. Conductors include Gavin Maloney, Fergus Sheil, Garry Walker and Colman Pearce. Admission is free to all Composers in Conversation events and all concerts.
Born in Derry, now based in Dublin, composer Kevin O’Connell is a member of Aosdána, the Irish affiliation of creative artists and teaches composition in the Royal Academy of Music. The prestigious Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award was recently awarded to David Fennessy, who born in Kildare is now based in Glasgow. Professor of Composition at Queen’s University, Piers Hellawell was recently awarded a Leverhulme Fellowship in 2010. Philip Hammond, born and living in Belfast, retired from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland in 2009 and is now active as a writer as well as a composer. Jerome de Bromhead, born and living in Waterford, a member of Aosdána, has had all but one of his orchestral works premiered by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. 
For detailed biographies and further details on all composers please visit
The Contemporary Music Centre is Ireland’s national archive and resource centre for new music supporting and developing the work of composers throughout the Republic and Northern Ireland. It is used on a national and international basis by performers, composers, promoters and members of the public interested in finding out more about music in Ireland.

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Horizons Contemporary Music Series 2011 Concert and programme details
12.30pm:     Composers in Conversation with Evonne Ferguson, Director, Contemporary Music Centre.
1.05 – 2pm:  Concerts
Tuesday 11 January – Featured composer: Kevin O’Connell
Symphony (world première)
Gavin Maloney conductor
Tuesday 18 January – Featured composer: David Fennessy
 David Fennessy
…as others see us… James MacMillan
 Fergus Sheil conductor
Tuesday 22 February – Featured composer: Piers Hellawell
Degrees of Separation for orchestra
Memorial Cairns
Degrees of Separation for string ensemble
Robert Plane clarinet  Garry Walker conductor
Tuesday 10 May – Featured composer: Philip Hammond
Waterfront Fanfares
Die ersten Blumen
Concertino for Flute and Strings
‘…while the sun shines’ (in memoriam H.H.H.)
‘…the starry dynamo in the machinery of night…’
Roy Holmes piano  Gavin Maloney conductor
Tuesday 17 May – Featured composer: Jerome de Bromhead
Venti Eventi
Jerome de Bromhead 
Campane in Aria John Buckley  
Violin Concerto (world première) Jerome de Bromhead 
Alan Smale violin  Colman Pearce conductor
Tickets and booking:  Admission free to all events. Events are ticketed. Tickets available through the NCH box office in advance. Booking: 01 417 0000.
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