Composing a New Island - Call for Proposals/Works from Irish Composers

Composing a New Island - Call for Proposals/Works from Irish Composers

Thursday, 28 July 2016, 5.00pm

‘Composing a New Island’ at the 2016 Burren Festival of Memorised Music

Call for Proposals/Works from Irish Composers*


The Burren Festival of Memorised Music is a 4 day cross-genre music festival in Ballyvaughan Co. Clare from 25th-28th August 2016.

The 2016 Festival theme ‘Composing a New Island’ reflects our festival ethos to celebrate the diversity of 21st Century Irish music across the genres of classical, traditional and jazz music.

The 2016 programme includes such internationally renowned performers as the Irish Memory Orchestra conducted by Bjorn Bantock; Vyvienne Long; Aisling Agnew; Brendan Begley; Mick O’Brien; D.F.F. and Cuar performing alongside Irish composers including Anne-Marie O’Farrell, Mairtín O’Connor, Eimear McGeown and Dave Flynn.

The Call:

To enhance our 2016 theme ‘Composing a New Island’ we are offering an opportunity for composers, performers and volunteers to engage with an exciting ‘Fringe Festival’ style initiative.

Our festival will come alive with the spirit of 21st Century Irish music in a series of free events around the Burren. This will include a new music marathon on Sunday 28th August at the Burren College of Art to coincide with Robert Platt’s ‘Dazzling Dissolution’ exhibition there.

Proposals may include but are not limited to; composers performing their own music, improvised performances, electro-acoustic music, sound installations, multi-media performances, street performances, pop-up performances, performers who specialise in 21st Century Irish music.

N.B.*We are only accepting proposals involving music by Irish born/resident composers who are NOT featured in the retrospective RTÉ ‘Composing the Island’ festival in September.*

Application Procedure:

To apply please submit the following by email (cmoartisticdirector [at] to festival Artistic Director Dave Flynn no later than 27th July 2016.

  • A simple proposal (no more than 1 page) of how you would like to get involved including contact details, website etc.

  • A short bio and sound/video examples of music you propose to be programmed (where relevant). Please do not send any scores. Online streaming links are preferred, if sending mp3s/wavs please use Dropbox, Yousendit or similar websites.

  • Important Notes for Applicants:

  • Proposals received well before the deadline will be given preferential consideration.

  • We are open to all styles within the broad spectrum of classical, traditional and jazz music.
  • We regret due to limited resources we cannot gaurantee a response to any emails and we cannot gaurantee that any proposal will be accepted onto the festival programme.

  • We currently cannot offer any fees/expenses to applicants due to limited funding available, however this may change if we receive funding for this strand of our programme.

  • We welcome offers of financial support and/or volunteerism.

  • The emphasis of our festival is on memorised performances, therefore preference will be given to proposals that do not require sheet music in performance.

  • We strongly encourage proposals which will help give a balanced, diverse perspective to our programme in relation to gender, race, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation and socioeconomic background.

  • We welcome proposals that engage with the landscape, culture and history of the Burren.

  • Preference will be given to proposals that will compliment the ‘Dazzling Dissolution’ exhibition. Please contact lisa [at] for more info about the exhibition.

  • Artists must arrange for their own performers, members of the Irish Memory Orchestra may be available to take part but must be contacted independently by the Artists.

  • There is no piano available at the Burren College of Art. Artists wishing to use a piano need to source their own piano.

  • We are open to full concert proposals from groups of composers/composers’ organisations.

  • We can only programme music composed by Irish-born or resident composers.

  • Composers who feature in the RTÉ ‘Composing the Island’ retrospective in September are not eligible to apply as composers, but they may apply as performers.

  • Festival Supporters:

    The Burren Festival of Memorised Music is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Diageo and local organisations including the Hylands Burren Hotel, L’Arco Restaurant, the Wild Atlantic Lodge, Greene’s Bar, Ballyvaughan Lodge and the Burren College of Art.

    The festival website is currently in development, however basic info is available on it here



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