PhD student composer and harpist Anne-Marie O’Farrell has been appointed in March 2014 as Composer in Residence to Mary Immaculate College in Limerick. This exciting appointment comes soon after Anne-Marie’s work as a choral composer was recognized by the BBC Singers: in 2013 her choral setting Skimming Stones was selected for a BBC Singers Workshop in Dublin led by James MacMillan. Thereafter, Anne-Marie was chosen from that event to take part in an all-day choral event at St Paul’s Knightsbridge, London, with the BBC Singers; their workshop on writing for choirs included an open rehearsal of pieces and ended with a concert, which in turn led to a broadcast of her piece Skimming Stones on Monday 3rd March on BBC Radio 3. The conductor was Matthew Hamilton.
More information on this event, which was a partnership between ‘Choir & Organ’ Magazine and the BBC Singers, is athttp://www.rhinegold.co.uk/magazines/choir_and_organ/news/choir_organ_news_story.asp?id=1959”. A full interview with Anne-Marie, about her piece and her work as composer, harpist and student, appeared in the November/December 'issue of ‘Choir & Organ’.
SARC @ Sounds Alive Festival
6 – 7th September 2014, Dublin http://soundsoutloud.com
A call for Fixed Media Pieces and Sound Installations
I am proud to have been asked to curate parts of the Sounds Alive Festival in Dublin, 6 - 7th September 2014. Taking place in some incredibly unusual spaces – the Egyptian themed Grand Chapter Room, the Prince Masons Room and the Knight Templar Preceptory Room in the Freemasons in Dublin (see photos below) - SARC has been given day time listening sessions and venues for sound installations that ‘tell stories’. It is for those spaces that I am now soliciting works.
I am looking for fixed media pieces of varying lengths and 2 or 3 sounds installations that suit the rooms and their inherent acoustics.
The fixed media works and installations should address story telling, whether this relates to the process of creating the piece or to narrative content in the work itself. Sound is central to the festival, and therefore works that focus on innovative, new, fun and exploratory ways of experiencing sound will be warmly welcomed.
All rooms will be open to attendees throughout the day and in the run-up to both of the evening radio concerts (see below for further details). The rooms can accommodate only 20-30 people max per space, so I am interested in small, intimate installations that won’t be physically too intrusive but are ambitious and will essentially enhance these remarkable listening spaces.
The festival’s emphasis is sound and story-telling and all submissions need to address this theme (see below for the festival’s aims and description).
To be considered for the festival, please email Franziska Schroeder:
- a short description of the fixed media piece and/or proposed sound installation and how the work might use the specific space (you can apply for both categories)
- a URL to the fixed media piece
- the length of the piece
- technical requirements - a short biography
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org AND cc: email@example.com
The proposal should be no longer than 300 words in total.
The deadline for all submissions is 31 May 2014.