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Wicklow Commissions 2014: A work for recorder, ukulele, percussion and violin, with Vincent Kennedy

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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.

November Commission, with Vincent Kennedy

A work for recorder, ukulele, percussion and violin
Manager: Karen Hennessy (CMC)
Composer: Vincent Kennedy
Date: March 22nd 2015
Venue: Mermaid Arts Centre

This Commission is in the final planning stage and the composer is due to carry out workshops in schools within the next few weeks.

Composer Vincent Kennedy:

Vincent Kennedy was born in Dublin and studied trumpet at CBS Westland Row, the Royal Irish Academy of Music and the DIT Conservatory of Music. He won many prizes and performed with many ensembles before establishing himself as a composer. He is a member of the Association of Irish Composers and a founding member of the Irish Film and Television Academy. He has written for orchestral, chamber, instrumental and vocal combinations. His music has been performed by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, the Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra, Antipodes Ensemble, Concorde, the Strands Ensemble, the Ottoni Ensemble, Cantando, the Rathfarnham Concert Band Society, Band of An Garda Siochana, the combined bands of the Irish Army, the Donegal Youth Orchestra, the combined Wexford Youth Orchestras and numerous symphonic wind ensembles, brass and pipe bands throughout Ireland, Europe, USA and Canada.

Recent projects include “The Happy Prince” (2012), the musical “The Heart of Truth” (2012), “The Meath Chronicles” (2012), “The Kilcormac Cantata” (2011), “Where the North Wind Blows” (2011), “Dublin – Overture to My City” (2009 revised 2011), and “Dreams” (2009) for Solo Violin and Orchestra which toured USA in 2009 with Cora Venus Lunny as soloist and the DPO. He has been commissioned by Donegal County Council, Wexford County Council, Meath County Council and Offaly County Council under the per cent for Arts Scheme and by the Peace II and Peace III initiatives. His music “Soliloquy and March” won the RTÉ music prize for music to celebrate the life of the broadcaster Michael O’Hehir.

He is also an accomplished conductor and amongst other engagements he is currently musical director of the Rathfarnham Concert Band Society and conductor of the Donegal Youth Orchestra. He made his North American conducting debut in April 2008 conducting his works in San Francisco and Walnut Creek California.

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