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Wicklow Commissions 2014: A work for young people, with composer George Higgs

Rehearsals with George Higgs
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.

First off the mark is ‘A work for young people’, with composer George Higgs. This commission is due to start within a week or two. George will be working with a group of young people in the Arklow area in the development of a new piece of music composed specifically for this group.

A Work for Young People
Manager: Karen Hennessy (CMC Ireland)
Composer: George Higgs
Date: 16th May 2014

Composer George Higgs:

George Higgs is a composer whose work includes opera, symphony, compositions for small ensemble, music for experimental theatre, work for installation and a number of HIGGSTRUMENTS which he has designed for the performance of certain compositions. His music has been performed across Ireland, in Russia and the United States and he has received numerous awards and honors including a grant from the Wellcome Trust, the Director's Prize from the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, numerous Arts Council awards and a MacDowell Fellowship. He holds a Master’s degree in music technology from Trinity College Dublin and is represented by the Contemporary Music Centre of Ireland.

Biography courtesy of Contemporary Music Centre of Ireland©

For more information about the commissions please contact:

Ann Catherine Nolan, Manager, 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