Composition with Neil Martin

Date: Monday 22 June – Friday 26 June 2015

Time: 10am – 3pm

Venue: The Model, The Mall, Sligo Town

Ages: Suitable for 13-16 with musical ability

Cost €60: Applications to: [email protected] Please state your musical experience and interest in composing.

Limited places available Closing date Fri 15 May 2015

During this intensive week, aspiring young composers will work alongside professional composer Neil Martin who will guide you through a practical process of approaching a range of compositions (instrumental and vocal, solo and ensemble, traditional and classical). Participants will improvise on their chosen instrument and learn the process of inputting the notation into Sibelius, working on MacBook Pros. Composer Brendan Graham will join Neil Martin one day during the week to guide participants in the art of lyrics and songwriting.


Belfast-born Neil Martin is a composer and musician with an international reputation who enjoys a most varied and rewarding career. Among orchestral and choral commissions are The Great and First Object (2013) for soprano and orchestra; Further Shore (2012) – an orchestral and choral setting of part of Seamus Heaney’s The Cure at Troy, for Barry Douglas and Camerata Ireland; 100 fiddles, 55 degrees north (2012) – a suite for 100 traditional fiddle players from Newfoundland, Sweden, Scotland and Ireland; the choral symphony OSSA (2007) and no tongue can tell (2004), a concerto for uilleann pipes.

Neil has composed and directed music extensively for television, radio, film and theatre, including productions in the West End, Europe and New York. A cellist and an uilleann piper, he has worked with many leading musicians, both on stage and in the studio – these include Liam O’Flynn, Bryn Terfel, LSO, RPO, all the principle orchestras in Ireland, Christy Moore, Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin and The Chieftains and he has contributed to more than a hundred albums.

A Music and Celtic Studies graduate of Queen’s University, Belfast, Neil is a firm believer in the wider context of the reciprocal benefits of music in education, and has facilitated and conducted many classes and workshops on composition and performance at primary, secondary and tertiary levels.

Brendan Graham, Songwriter

Described by Hot Press as ‘One of the most in-demand songwriters in the world’…and by the Irish Times as a ‘Musical Midas’, Brendan Graham’s songs have crossed musical genres from pop to classical charts and with recordings by renowned artistes in the tradition, such as Dervish, Karen Matheson and the Chieftains. His You Raise Me Up, with a thousand recordings and a billion internet views, is one of the most successful songs in the history of popular music. Songs like Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears; Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids; The Voice and Crucán na bPáiste, will also be known to many. A bestselling novelist, Harper Collins will republish his The Whitest Flower trilogy of ‘documentary novels’ this year.