Esker Festival Orchestra Announce 2024 Composer

Esker Festival Orchestra are absolutely delighted to announce that Tom Lane has been chosen to receive the commission to compose the new Earth movement to be featured in the orchestra’s performances of Holst’s The Planets this summer in Galway Cathedral and in the National Concert Hall, Dublin.

Tom Lane is a Dublin-based composer. He studied composition at Balliol College Oxford, the Royal Academy of Music, and the Berlin University of the Arts. He recently received his PhD in composition from University College Cork. In 2023 his new piece Nocturne was performed by the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland conducted by Gavin Maloney. Tom has previously been commissioned to write new scores for the Picorlino Ensemble, the Banbha Quartet, Cantairí Óga Átha Cliath, Cork Opera House, John Scott Irish Modern Dance Theatre, Northern Ireland Opera, Cantairí Avondale, The Abbey Theatre, The Gate Theatre, Kirkos Ensemble, Pipeworks Organ Festival, The Globe Theatre, The Almeida Theatre, and The Ark Theatre.

The 2024 edition of the Esker Festival Orchestra will take place between August 12th-18th. This year Esker Festival Orchestra are accepting new applications for all positions in the orchestra. The deadline for player applications is Monday, 1 April 2024.