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Music in Media Award Nomination for IMRO Member Man in a Room

MiRlogoIMRO member Man in a Room, aka songwriter and producer Steven Connolly, has just received a nod from Hollywood with a nomination in the Hollywood Music in Media Awards. His song, “Black & White”, taken from his latest album, The Alchemist’s Apprentice, has been selected as a nominee by the committee and HMMA voting academy in the “New Age / Ambient” category.

Hailing from Dublin and self-taught as a composer, producer and lyricist, the music of Man in a Room is influenced by various genres and life situations and circumstances. The album, filled with atmospheric soundscapes, was released in on Germany’s Lemongrass Music label.

Speaking of the nomination, Steven said: “I’ve been a Movie and Soundtrack fan all my life, so to be nominated at this event is a little bit special.” 

The awards are set to take place at the Fonda Theatre, Hollywood, LA on 19th November 2015. The awards honour leading composers of music for film, TV and other media, as well as independent composers and songwriters in various music genres.

You can find out more about Man in a Room at his website here

Call for Piano Triets

Severnside Composers’ Alliance, based in the UK, have announced a call for scores for original piano triets to be performed in March 2014.

A piano triet is played by three pianists on one piano. Severnside Composers’ Alliance have included some useful tips on their website for composing in this medium:

The deadline for entries is Saturday 9th November 2013.

For further information, please contact John at ku.oc.rednoyeulb@ecnaillasresopmocedisnreves


Concorde Announce Search for “Up Close” Student Composer & Call for Scores

concordeConcorde are inviting composers who are registered as students in Ireland during the year 2013-14 to apply for the position of ‘Up Close’ Student Composer. The selected composer will be invited to write a piece for Concorde (trio or duo) for performance on April 27, 2014 in the series ‘Up Close with Music III’ at the RHA Gallery, Dublin.

The composer will have access to Concorde musicians throughout the period of composition for individual and group workshops and will be mentored by Concorde’s artistic director, Jane O’Leary. It is expected that the composer will already have a track record in the field of composition but will be looking to learn from the experience of working closely with specialist performers and gaining from expert guidance.

Applications should be sent by email to: ten.mocrie@edrocnoc and should include:

1. A current CV outlining compositional experience in detail.

2. A sample of recent work (one only) for small ensemble (duo, trio or quartet).

3. A letter outlining why you are interested in working on this project.

Deadline for application: September 10, 2013.

Subject line on email should read: UP CLOSE STUDENT COMPOSER.

Concorde are also inviting submissions from all composers in consideration for performance in the series Up Close with Music III. Performances are scheduled from January through April 2014 in the RHA Gallery, Dublin. Works for any combination of 1 to 3 instruments, drawn from a pool of flute/alto flute/piccolo; clarinet/bass clarinet; violin; cello; accordion; concert harp will be considered. Use of electronics is optional.

Open to all composers. The works may have been previously performed or not.

Submissions should be sent by email to ten.mocrie@edrocnoc

Please send:

  1. short biography and contact details of the composer
  2. brief programme note or history of the piece
  3. score, in pdf format only
  4. recording, if available (by dropbox or similar method)

All submissions will be acknowledged.

Submissions and further enquiries should be addressed to ten.mocrie@edrocnoc.

Deadline for submission: September 10, 2013

Please use subject heading: CONCORDE CALL FOR SCORES.



Irish Composer Scores “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” US Trailer

Dean ValentineDublin composer, Dean Valentine, has just had his music selected for the official US trailer for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, the follow-up to the 2012 blockbuster “The Hunger Games”. The trailer has just been released and the film will be hitting screens in November.

Earlier this year, Dean scored the official trailer for the Paul Greengrass directed feature film, “Captain Phillips”, starring Tom Hanks, and in 2012, scored the US trailer music for Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus”.

Dean recently scored the feature documentary, “Close to Evil”, which premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh last week. The documentary tells the story of Tomi Reichenthal, a survivor of the Bergen Belsen concentration camp who now lives in Ireland.


Niall Byrne Wins Best Original Score at The IFTAs

Niall Byrne IFTA AwardsComposer, Niall Byrne’s score for the BBC film, “Loving Miss Hatto”, has won Best Original Score at this year’s Irish Film and TV Awards. The film, written by Victoria Wood and directed by Aisling Walsh, tells the story of the life of concert pianist, Joyce Hatto, her relationship with her husband and the controversial recordings that made her famous late in life. Niall picked up his award at the Gala Awards Ceremony at the Convention Centre Dublin on Friday evening on the 10th anniversary of the awards.

Niall studied Piano and Composition at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.  He was awarded first prize at the 1992 Dublin Film Festival’s music competition, chaired by composer Michael Nyman.  Since then he has composed music for feature films and television dramas both in Ireland and abroad.  He also pursues personal music projects and received a Music Bursary in 2012 from the Arts Council to compose ‘The Promenade’, a solo piano album due for release in Spring, 2013.  He has received several IFTA award nominations in the past, including a Best Music in Film nomination for “Parked” starring Colm Meaney and Colin Morgan in 2010 and Best Music in Film nomination for “Small Engine Repair” in 2007.

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