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Wicklow Commissions 2014: A work for foundation years primary school, with Composer Elaine Agnew

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Music Generation Wicklow has four commissions underway thanks to the partnership with Wicklow County Arts Office and Music Generation Wicklow. Wicklow County Arts Office will artistically lead and develop the commissions and they will be produced by the Contemporary Music Centre of Ireland (

All four commissions will provide a valuable additional experience for children and young people to meet and work with composers. In the region of 600 young people will participate in the process as composers develop the work and the final performance.

It is the intention of the Commissions Strand to animate young people’s experience of music participation and performance. This is as a counterpoint to the excellent music education experience being provided throughout the other Music Generation Wicklow strands. The Commissions Strand will be delivered across the MGW Programme with the same integral focus on quality of both the music practice and participation experience for young people.

June Commission, with Composer Elaine Agnew

A work for foundation years primary school
Manager: Karen Hennessy (CMC)
Composer: Elaine Agnew
Date: June 8th 2014
Venue: The Mermaid Theatre, Bray

Composer Elaine Agnew has travelled to selected schools in Wicklow and met with children, teachers and Music Generation tutors in the delivery of her first series of workshops.

Composer Elaine Agnew:
In 2012 Elaine Agnew received a BBC Proms commission and the premiere of Dark Hedges by the Ulster Youth Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra and Sir James Galway in the Royal Albert Hall was a huge success, one reviewer describing it as “compelling from beginning to end.”

Elaine’s many works have been performed and commissioned worldwide by artists such as Sir James Galway, the Vogler and Škampa Quartets, the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, Lontano, cellists Robert Cohen and Evžen Rattay, the European Union Chamber and Scottish Chamber Orchestras, the National Chamber Choir and pianists Angela Hewitt and Romain Descharmes.

Elaine was appointed as the first RTÉ lyric FM Composer-in-Residence in 2008 and her two commissioned Christmas carols have been recently released on the Lyric FM Choirs for Christmas CD. Her works have featured at major festivals including the BBC London Proms, the Belfast Festival at Queen’s, London BMIC Cutting Edge, Spitalfields and the Slovenian Unicum Festival and in many world-class venues: the Carnegie, Wigmore and Royal Albert Halls and the Konzerthaus Berlin. Many works have been commercially released including Twilight and The Moon by the Irish Chamber Orchestra on Night Moves.

Recent premieres include Love is a Simple Thing by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and Dark Hedges at the 2012 BBC Proms.

Elaine is much in demand for her innovative and creative work with people of all ages across a broad field of work that includes education, community and healthcare. She is the Artistic Advisor of Music Network's Continuing Professional Development Programme.

Elaine read music at Queen’s University Belfast studying with composers Kevin Volans and Michael Alcorn and then followed with postgraduate studies in composition at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with James MacMillan and Judith Weir.

Biography courtesy of Contemporary Music Centre of Ireland©

For more information about the commissions please contact:

Ann Catherine Nolan, Co-ordinator, Music Generation Wicklow
Music Generation, KWETB Admin Offices, Church St, Wicklow, Co. Wicklow
T: 0404 60505 Mobile: 086 7909887

Karen Hennessy, Promotion Manager
The Contemporary Music Centre
19 Fishamble Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 8, Ireland
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T: +353 1 673 1922 Mobile: 087 7588387