HRSE and the Peter Rosser Foundation announce the 4th Peter Rosser Composition Award

Deadline: 15 March 2019 16:00


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The 1st Peter Rosser Composition Award was jointly established in 2016 by Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble and the Peter Rosser Foundation in memory of our esteemed colleague and friend.

Peter Rosser was a composer, writer, educator, and catalyst for the Arts in Northern Ireland. He was born in London and moved to Belfast in 1990 where he studied composition with David Morris at the University of Ulster and was awarded a DPhil in 1997. His music featured at the Spitalfields Festival in London, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the Belfast Festival at Queen’s, Between the Lines Literary Festival, the Dartington International Summer School and the Crash Festival in Dublin. Performers of his music include Irvine Arditti, Mieko Kanno, the Composers’ Ensemble, the Ulster Orchestra, Nua Nós, Concorde, Isabelle O’Connell, Simon Mawhinney, Scott Heron and Aoife Miskelly.

The Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble is the only musical group in Northern Ireland to specialise in the performance of modern and contemporary repertoire. Its remit is to give a voice to local composers and to perform their music in the context of music by leading exponents of contemporary music from elsewhere in Europe and the rest of the world. It aims to programme music that otherwise cannot be heard live locally, while serving as an outlet for the talent of highly specialist performers and acting as a meeting point for their innovation, ideas and enthusiasm.
The ensemble was founded by the composer Greg Caffrey, who remains their Artistic Director. The core ensemble features Aisling Agnew (flutes), Sarah Watts (clarinets), Joanne Quigley McParland (violin), David McCann (cello)
Daniel Browell (piano) and Sinead Hayes (conductor).

Submission to the award is open to composers born or domicile in N. Ireland and Republic of Ireland. The competition is open to composers regardless of age. However, the award is aimed at emerging composers. The organisers, therefore, welcome submissions from composers at the start of their careers.

HRSE particularly welcomes submissions from women composers.

First Prize £1,000,

Runners up £250

3 works will be shortlisted, performed and recorded.

Rules and guidelines here PDF iconpeterrosserfoundation.pdf