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An Droichead are offering a great opportunity to three composers of traditional music with new commission

DANCING AT AN DROICHEAD: Whether you want to get people up onto the dance floor or to write a piece of avant garde trad, the south Belfast arts and cultural centre is open to you with three new commissions   
Robert McMillen

AT A TIME when our creative community are struggling to make ends meet, there is some good news coming from south Belfast for composers of traditional music.

The Irish language and cultural centre, An Droichead is inviting composers working within the traditional music genre to create new works in 2020/21. 

Arts Events Officer Claire Kieran says the organisation will select three composers, who, following an application process, will each be awarded £2500 to write a new traditional work for solo instrument, duo or trio ensemble with the pieces a minimum of 6-8 minutes in duration. 

“As a language and cultural organisation, we in particular would like to encourage applications from Irish speakers and artists who can demonstrate Irish language themes as inspiration or influence for their planned work,” says Claire, “but we of course welcome applications from people of all backgrounds.”

The winning works will be premiered both digitally and in venue in spring/summer 2021 – subject to restrictions.

Proposals should include title of work, proposed instrument(s) and an outline of the thematic elements within the work along with any aspirations for performance and any artists in mind for performance.  

The proposals will be scored on artistic quality, feasibility and strength of idea and will be assessed by an independent panel. 

Closing date for applications is Friday 4th December at 12pm and successful applicants will be notified in December 2020. They will then have until April 2021 to submit final composition and accompanying score. 

To apply, you should forward a proposal (which should comprise of no more than one A4 sheet) along with a current CV and two examples of your work (composition or performance) in digital form to 

Applicants must be aged 18+ 

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