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WEST CORK CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
  • WEST CORK CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL, IRELAND
    Young composer professional development opportunity. (2014) The aim of this programme is to provide professional development and performance opportunities for young composers from several European countries and give these emerging composers a unique chance to interact with musicians. In an age of internet communication, many of the previously defined boundaries to do with music, culture and style have been blurred. This professional development opportunity serves to bring back the human element in writing and performing music. It allows composers to meet each other, work with musicians and get to know their audiences through presenting their work and interacting informally through debate and discussions.
  • GOALS & OBJECTIVES
    The main objective is to create an international exchange for young composers to initiate and develop their approach to writing string quartets, to develop personal entrepreneurial skills and to nurture confidence by providing mentoring in developing composition technique, learning about rehearsal etiquette and increasing confidence in self-presentation by integrating approaches to stage and theatre skills. Adding substantial new 21st century works to the established string quartet catalogue is core to the programme. This international string quartet ‘hub’ encourages composer exchange and creates opportunities in a nurtured environment leading to high-level exposure through performance platforms and media. A central aim is to discover and assist composers who are not known to the music establishment, who do not necessarily see themselves as composers and who may have come to composing through school and after-school community settings. These young individuals do not necessarily see themselves as classical composers and the programme aims to encourage them and to give them confidence and enhanced self-belief.
  • OUTCOMES
    Music was submitted. From this, a shortlist of scores was selected for workshop by The Vanbrugh Quartet at The National Concert hall in Dublin during February 2014. Submitted works were played through as first drafts. Composers had the opportunity to discuss their intentions and to rework sections after hearing the quartet. Player input was an important part of the programme. This kind of exchange between musicians and composers was a key to the success of the workshop period because strong trust and mutual respect flourished in this nurtured mentored environment. Each individual was mentored by Deirdre Gribbin. She advised on aspects of rehearsal etiquette and also offered presentation skills to each composer to enable them to present their work to an audience. The final outcome resulted in a series of concerts at West Cork Chamber Music Festival with all composers attended as part of a bursary masterclass scheme. Outcomes were documented through recordings and kept as part of a database archive for future distribution. The main objectives of trans-national cultural exchange, mobility of ‘cultural operatives’, and planting the seeds of employment growth in the cultural sector were achieved. Providing training in presentation and workshop skills are as important to the programme as developing the music content. This equips composers to be public presenters of their work as well as creators. A central core to the programme is exploring cultural definition and the importance of discussion about cultural reference points in people’s lives and debating and respecting the nature and importance of difference in others.
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