Open Call for Coole Culture Commissions

Deadline: 30 August 2019 17:00

Coole Culture, in collaboration with Music Generation Galway County’s Symphonic Waves Youth Orchestra, RTÉ’s Concert Orchestra and supported by the Royal Astronomical Society’s 200th birthday celebrations, Galway 2020, the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and the National University of Ireland Galway, invites commissions for “What Is The Stars?”, an open air concert and weekend fiesta in the old cricket ground at Coole Park in September, 2020. It is intended that the new works will be premiered at the starlit concert on Saturday 26th September, 2020.
Coole Culture proposes these commissions, and the festive concert itself, as a legacy for new generations of artists in the legendary grounds of Coole Park.

Composers between the ages of 18 and 30 are invited to submit a composition inspired by an appreciation of how our understanding of the universe has changed over the past 200 hundred years—be it planets, stars, galaxies or the firmament itself! The new compositions will accompany the performance of Gustav Holst’s Symphonic Suite, The Planets. Each work should be no less than 3 and no more than 4 minutes in duration.
The adjudication panel [Camille O’Sulivan, James Cavanagh, David Brophy) will select compositions that, in their opinion, capture the essential characteristics of the chosen subject.
The composers of the selected compositions will be informed of the adjudication panel’s decision before December 20 th 2019. The conductor of the selected works (David Brophy) reserves the right to suggest any amendments to any selected work in line with his artistic stewardship in the lead-up to the performance in 2020. Any aforementioned suggestions are expected to be taken with appropriate diligence by all selected composers.
The winning composers will receive:
• A performance of their work during 2020
• An award of €4,000
A seminar on astronomy and The Planets will be given by Prof. Andrew Shearer and Dr. Aidan Thomson on Thursday, June 27 th from 10am–1pm in the River Room, Arts Science Building, National University of Ireland, Galway.
Any enquiries should be sent to the email address for Coole Culture, which is
For further information and submission details please see the attached pdf PDF iconopen_call_-_coole_culture.pdf