Performance Programme Team

Brian Irvine to lead the Composition and Performance Programme 2012-2013 for Music Generation Sligo

The aim of the Performance Programme is to encourage and facilitate active engagement in playing and performing music. The Composition Project 2012-2013 is the main project to be developed in this Programme over the next year. Music Generation Sligo has i. commissioned a new composition, for choir and orchestra, to be performed by children and young people in Sligo, many of whom will be participating in MGS’s programmes of activities. ii. announced a Young Composer Mentoring Programme, aimed a providing a select group of young local composers (aged 12+) with the opportunity to participate in a series of lectures & workshops about the process and art of composition, and working as a professional composer. The Performance Programme 2012-2013 comprises of five core elements: Composition commission MGS has commissioned Brian Irvine to compose a new composition (15mins duration), for choir and orchestra, to be performed by children and young people in Sligo. Brian Irvine will also lead the team as artistic director. Niamh Crowley, (Director of SAM, member of MGS steering committee and musician) is the Creative Co-ordinator of the programme in 2012-2013. Young Composer Mentoring Programme is aimed a providing a select group of no more than five young local composers (aged 12+) with the opportunity to participate in a series of lectures & workshops about the process and art of composition, and working as a professional composer. Each composer will write a composition of no more than five minutes in duration. Each piece will be performed by the children and young people in Sligo. The young composers will participate, alongside Brian Irvine, in some of the workshops with the performers during the year. The closing date of application is Tuesday 2nd October. CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION FORM AND DETAILS Performance Groups. MGS will arrange public workshops across Sligo to establish performance groups for the performance of the new compositions. Brian Irvine will lead the workshops. The objective is to introduce the idea of composition, creating and performing music. Children and young adults (age 7-18yrs) will be invited to participate via youth projects, schools, community groups and general public calls. MGS will facilitate rehearsal facilities and supports through five local hubs across the county. The workshops will commence in Winter 2012. This will be followed by scheduled rehearsals from January – March 2013. REGISTER YOUR INTEREST HERE Peformance. MGS will host and stage a performance to premiere the new composition by Brian irvine and Sligos young composers.Children and young adults from Sligo will perform the choral and orchestral composition. The event is scheduled to take place during the Easter holiday period 2013. Arts Projects: Children and young adults, that are not eligible or that have chosen not to participate in the performance aspect of the project will be invited to engage through the submission of drawings, poems and stories and craftwork. Further details about this aspect of the project will be announced in Spring 2013. Composition Project 2012-2013 MGS in conjunction with Sligo County Council’s Public Art Programme has established a Composition Project under the Performance Programme 2012-2013. Belfast-born Brian Irvine has been appointed as Composer in Residence for Music Generation Sligo Performance Programme 2012-2013. The composer who has collaborated with everyone from Seamus Heaney to Snow Patrol and was associate composer with the ulster orchestra for four years will play an integral role in the Performance Programme. Over the coming months, the composer whose output of work includes everything from operas to film scores and chamber pieces, will hold a round of workshops with Sligo children at five hubs (Coola, Grange, Tubbercurry, Easkey and Sligo) around the county. The Composition Project 2012-2013, as part of the Performance Programme, is designed to: – encourage the active engagement by children and young people to practice, play and perform music created specially for them; – cater for all performers of all backgrounds with diverse levels of musical experience ; – foster a sense of creativity and enjoyment in the making of new music with a living composer; – facilitate the creation of a new work that may have an ongoing life in Sligo and beyond; – develop the skill-base of participants and of Sligo-based professionals and music tutors who will take part in this process; – foster the interest and development of young composers.