RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and Contemporary Music Centre announce Composer Lab 2020

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and Contemporary Music Centre invite composers to submit applications for Composer Lab 2020 by 9 December 2019.

Now in its fifth year, Composer Lab is a professional development initiative aimed at composers who have had limited opportunities to write for symphony orchestra or large scale ensemble. This project provides the participant composers with a creative and open environment in which to deepen their understanding of writing for the forces of a symphony orchestra.

Composers chosen to participate will be informed in mid-January 2020.

The successful applicants will prepare a 6– 8-minute work for symphony orchestra, which will receive a public performance by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in a radio and online broadcast on RTÉ lyric fm in Autumn 2020. During the project, the selected composers will receive mentorship from Composer Lab mentor David Fennessy on their work-in-progress. The composers will also participate in workshops with RTÉ NSO section principals (or section leaders), and a public workshop with the RTÉ NSO, conductor Gavin Maloney and mentor David Fennessy.

On the completion of the project, all works will receive a public performance by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in a radio and online broadcast on RTÉ lyric fm in Autumn 2020. In 2019, the new works developed through the Composer Lab project received their premiere performance in a live radio broadcast on RTÉ lyric fm’s Blue of the Night , presented by Bernard Clarke. This radio event was awarded Silver in the category of Irish Music Programme or Initiative at the recent 2019 IMRO Awards.

Full details on criteria and how to apply are available here.