Dave Flynn Wins Éamonn Ceannt Commission Competition

Composer to write work for uilleann piper Mick O’Brien and ConTempo Quartet.

Following a call for submissions last December, composer Dave Flynn has been selected by the Galway Music Residency and Galway City Council to write a new work for uilleann piper Mick O’Brien and ConTempo Quartet.

The work is being commissioned to commemorate the life of Éamonn Ceannt, the Galway-born signatory of the 1916 proclamation and also an uilleann piper.

Flynn has previously been commissioned by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Crash Ensemble, Lyric FM, Concorde, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and the Masters of Tradition Festival. He is also Founder and Artistic Director of the Clare Memory Orchestra (recently renamed as the Irish Memory Orchestra),

O’Brien and Flynn have worked extensively together in the past, both within the Memory Orchestra and in 2013 on a project focusing on Estonian music.

The new work for pipes and quartet will be heard on 11 June at the Aula Maxima, NUI Galway, as part of the conference of the International Association of Music Information Centres, and on 15 June at the Galway Sessions Gala Concert at the Town Hall Theatre.

The City Council and Galway Music Residency have also announced that Amanda Feery, a young Irish composer currently completing a PhD at Princeton University, will write a new work for ConTempo for its autumn season.

Listen to a work by Flynn performed by the Irish Memory Orchestra here.