CMC continues and expands its Contemporary Artists Network of CMC Colleagues for 2022

Linda O'Shea Farren, Projects, programmes and events manager with CMC Colleagues Anselm McDonnell, composer and Martin Johnson, cellist at the Dublin launch of Anselm's debut album 'Light of Shore', hosted by CMC at the 2021 CMC Christmas Party..

Linda O'Shea Farren, Projects, Programmes and Events Manager with CMC Colleagues Anselm McDonnell, Composer and Martin Johnson, Cellist at the Dublin launch of Anselm's debut album 'Light of Shore', hosted by CMC at the CMC Christmas Party, December 2021.

Following the success of the inaugural year of CMC Colleagues in 2021, CMC has continued and expanded this Contemporary Artists Network for 2022. Commenting on this, CMC’s Projects, Programmes and Events Manager Linda O’Shea Farren said:

It is very rewarding that so many CMC Colleagues 2021 have signed up to be paired with new partners for 2022, alongside many new composers and performers joining the programme, resulting in 116 CMC Colleagues 2022 who will be participating in 53 collaborative projects. This programme has already resulted in world premieres of a major canon of new works, including some featured in CMC’s Culture Night 2021

Again this year, the random pairings draw took place during CMC’s 2021 Christmas Party, and all CMC Colleagues 2022 were announced. The Christmas Party also featured a live performance by Martin Johnson, principal cellist of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, of Anselm McDonnell’s new suite for cello and electronics ‘Three words for light’, which was composed as part of their CMC Colleagues 2021 collaboration and is featured on Anselm’s debut album ‘Light of Shore.’

Many of the artists in the 40 pairings of 87 CMC Colleagues 2021 achieved the purpose of their 2021 collaborative project, and the following 24 pairings of 51 CMC Colleagues 2021 have decided to continue their collaboration throughout 2022:

  • Composer Derek Ball and french horn player Hannah Miller
  • Composer David Bremner and violinist/violist Larissa O’Grady
  • Composer Irene Buckley and clarinettist Carol McGonnell
  • Composer John Buckley and singer Aylish Kerrigan
  • Composer John Buckley and violinist Jane Hackett
  • Composer Eoin Callery and pianists Louise and Alison Thomas
  • Composer Rhona Clarke and pianist Isabelle O’Connell
  • Composer David Coonan and singer Amy Ní Fhearraigh
  • Composer Eoghan Desmond and flautist Catríona Ryan
  • Composer Seán Doherty and pianists Finghin and Dearbhla Collins
  • Composer Paul Hayes and oboist/cor anglais player Ben Gannon
  • Composer Fergus Johnston and pianist Tiffany Qiu 
  • Composer Jenn Kirby and Robbie Blake of Tonnta
  • Composer Fiona Linnane and singer Ava Dodd
  • Composer Stephen McNeff, singer Gavan Ring and pianist Louise Thomas 
  • Composer Gráinne Mulvey and singer Aylish Kerrigan
  • Composer Gerry Murphy and flautist Emma Coulthard
  • Composer Kevin O’Connell and singer Michelle O’Rourke 
  • Composer Anne-Marie O’Farrell and double bassist Dominic Dudley 
  • Composer Jane O’Leary and pianist Therese Fahy
  • Composer Sam Perkin and clarinettist Déirdre O’Leary
  • Composer Evangelia Rigaki and singer Elizabeth Hilliard
  • Composer Amy Rooney and flautist Aisling Agnew
  • Composer Matthew Whiteside and organist/pianist David Bremner

Linda O'Shea Farren, Projects, programmes and events manager with Evonne Ferguson, CMC Director, drawing names for the random pairing of CMC Colleagues 2022 at the CMC Christmas party 2021.

Linda O'Shea Farren, Projects, Programmes and Events Manager with Evonne Ferguson, CMC Director drawing names for the random pairing of CMC Colleagues 2022.

As with last year, some artists are participating in two or more collaborations, and a total of 65 new CMC Colleagues for 2022 will be participating in the following 29 new collaborative projects:

  • Composer Ed Bennett and clarinettist Paul Roe 
  • Composer Daragh Black Hynes and flautist Emma Coulthard
  • Composer Eoin Callery and organist/pianist David Bremner 
  • Composer Robert Coleman and violinist/violist Larissa O’Grady 
  • Composer Raymond Deane and Cassiopeia Wind Quintet (Catriona Ryan, flute; Matthew Manning, oboe; Deirdre O'Leary, clarinet; John Hearne, bassoon; Cormac Ó hAodáin, french horn)
  • Composer Eoghan Desmond and singer Margaret Bridge 
  • Composer Benjamin Dwyer, flautist Emma Coulthard and pianist David Appleton
  • Composer Claire Fitch and singer Bríd Ní Ghruagáin 
  • Composer Dave Flynn and pianist Isabelle O’Connell 
  • Composer Paul Hayes and singer Elizabeth Hilliard 
  • Composer Aoife Kavanagh and singer Kevin Neville 
  • Composer Brian Keegan and accordionist Dermot Dunne 
  • Composer Fiona Linnane and violinist/violist Larissa O’Grady 
  • Composer Anselm McDonnell and violinist/violist Larissa O’Grady 
  • Composer Áine Mallon and french horn player Cormac Ó hAodáin 
  • Composer Peter Moran and singer Elizabeth Hilliard 
  • Composer Peter Moran and violist Beth McNinch
  • Composer Rod Moulds and singer Róisín Walsh 
  • Composer Seán Ó Dálaigh and flautist Richard Craig 
  • Composer Adele O’Dwyer and violist Aoise O’Dwyer 
  • Composer Anne-Marie O'Farrell and the newly-formed Trio Amici (Catriona Ryan, flute; Martin Johnson, cello; Aileen Cahill, piano) 
  • Composer Anne-Marie O'Farrell and singer Sharon Carty
  • Composer Eoin O’Keeffe and singer Aylish Kerrigan 
  • Composer Judith Ring and violinist/violist Larissa O’Grady 
  • Composer Amy Rooney and singer Bríd Ní Ghruagáin 
  • Composer Paul Scully and singer Aylish Kerrigan 
  • Composer Paul Scully and violinist Jane Hackett
  • Composer Jürgen Simpson and singer Kevin Neville 
  • Composer Norah Walsh and pianist Isabelle O’Connell

If you have any questions about the Contemporary Artists Network of CMC Colleagues, please contact Linda O’Shea Farren at losheafarren@cmc.ie