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Wicklow Commissions 2014: Vanished Lands, with Composer Neil Martin

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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.

July Commission, with Composer Neil Martin

Vanished Lands
Manager: Karen Hennessy (CMC)
Composer: Neil Martin
Date: 6th July 2014
Performance West Wicklow

This will be a traditional piece of music arranged specifically for two groups of young people – Club Ceoil in Blessington and Music Under the Mountains, Hollywood.

Composer Neil Martin:

Belfast-born Neil Martin is a composer and musician with an international reputation who enjoys a most varied and rewarding career. Among orchestral and choral commissions are The Great and First Object (2013) for soprano and orchestra; Further Shore (2012) – an orchestral and choral setting of part of Seamus Heaney’s The Cure at Troy, for Barry Douglas and Camerata Ireland; 4 Quartets (2008), a dance project based on TS Eliot’s poems; Lacrimae Rerum - for strings (2008); the choral symphony OSSA (2007), and No tongue can tell (2004), a concerto for uilleann pipes.

Composition for television, film and radio includes the award-winning movie Hell’s Pavement (2009), many short dramas, television series and documentaries for BBC, C4 and RTE. Neil has composed and directed music extensively for theatre, including productions in the West End and New York, and has been collaborating with Stephen Rea and Field Day since 1988. Productions include A Particle of Dread (2013), Farewell and Half a Glass of Water (2012), Northern Star (1998) and St Oscar (1989). Recent theatre work includes The Conquest of Happiness (European tour, 2013) and Belfast By Moonlight (2013).

He has worked with many leading musicians, both on stage and in the studio - these include Liam O'Flynn, Bryn Terfel, LSO, RPO, all the principle orchestras in Ireland, Christy Moore, The Dubliners, The Chieftains, Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, Altan, Shaun Davey, Mary Black and Donal Lunny. In his roles as producer, arranger and musician Neil has contributed to more than 100 albums and performance venues range from Carnegie Hall to Mostar Bridge, from the Royal Albert Hall to the Palazzo Vecchio. His compositions for The West Ocean String Quartet have received global acclaim, and the quartet released its fourth album, An Indigo Sky, in January 2013.

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