2019 Choral Sketches workshop

Audio interviews with Anselm McDonnell, Sinéad Finegan and Eoin Mulvany, who are participating in this year’s Choral Sketches Project, a professional development opportunity for composers wishing to develop their skills in writing choral music presented by Chamber Choir Ireland and CMC.

Running since 2017, Choral Sketches in an initiative open to composers registered with CMC which aims to provide a creative and open environment for composers to deepen their experience in writing for voices in a choral context, with mentoring from renowned composer Tarik O’Regan.

Paul Hillier, Tarik O'Regan and Anselm McDonnell (Photo Brian Creegan)

As well as the mentoring from Tarik O’Regan, the selected composers had their sketches workshopped by Chamber Choir Ireland and conductor Paul Hillier in February 2019. Following this public workshop, which took place at the Kevin Barry Room at the National Concert Hall, CMC spoke to each of the composers about their sketches and experiences of the workshop.

Sinéad Finegan

Sinéad Finegan, (Photo Brian Cregan)

Anselm McDonnell

Anselm McDonnell, (Photo Brian Cregan)

Eoin Mulvany

Eoin Mulvany, (Photo Brian Cregan)

The finished works produced as part of the project will receive performance readings in Autumn 2019.