26 October 2011

Music Network today announced the results of the Arts Council Music Recording Scheme 2011, managed by Music Network.

The Music Recording Scheme was set up to provide support for professional performers and composers in Ireland through awarding funding for music recording. A total award fund of €71,500 was available in 2011.The scheme was open to working professionals, including established composers and performers working in any musical genre of music wishing to make a recording that would be unlikely to be commercially viable without grant aid.

In total, sixty seven applications were received, broadly definable as: twenty eight classical/contemporary classical; fourteen rock/pop; eleven traditional/folk; ten jazz/world; four cross-over/other. The total amount sought by applicants to this round of the scheme was €550,795.  Given the limitation of the budget available, the panel chose to allocate a total of €71,500 to nine applicants, as follows.

Dublin Guitar Quartet awarded €4,150 towards the recording of their arrangements of Philip Glass’ String Quartets for release on Glass’ own label, Orange Mountain Music.  Dublin Guitar Quartet is the only guitar quartet to perform these works, so the recording will be a first, both globally and domestically.

Eamonn Quinn awarded 10,000 towards Louth Contemporary Music Society’s fourth CD, Polyhymnia which explores folk forms in contemporary music, featuring works by Irish, Turkish, Greek and Italian composers, performed by Malachy Robinson (double bass),Deirdre O'Leary (clarinet), Cliona Doris (harp), Maria McGarry (piano), Garth Knox (viola), Michael O’Toole (guitar), Johnny O Shea (guitar)and Patricia Rozario (soprano).

Benedict Schlepper-Connolly awarded €9,995 to record Ergodos Musicians’ ‘All the Ends of the Earth’ project, a meditation on the works of 12th century French composer Leonin by three contemporary Irish composers (Linda Buckley, Garrett Sholdice, Benedict Schlepper-Connolly).

Laoise O'Brien awarded €9,100 to record an eclectic mix of early art and folk music aimed at children and families, as part of an ongoing collaboration with visual artist Lorna Donlon, drawing inspiration from children’s stories and folklore. The recording will also promote the recorder beyond that of a learning tool.

Christopher Marwood of the Vanbrugh Quartet awarded €9,440 to record a body of work by Irish composer Deirdre Gribben, marking the culmination of over 10 years of collaboration between composer and artists, featuring the Vanbrugh Quartet, with Ailish Tynan (soprano), Finghin Collins (piano), and Mark O’Keeffe (trumpet).

John Godfrey awarded €7,779 to record the Quiet Music Ensemble performing works specially commissioned from Alvin Lucier, David Toop, and John Godfrey, in addition to works by John Cage and George Brecht, performed by Ilse De Ziah (cello), Roderick O’Keeffe (trombone), Daniel Bodwell (double bass), Seán Mac Erlaine (alto & soprano sax, clarinet and bass clarinet).

Peter Whelan awarded €7,360 to record ‘The Proud Bassoon’, an album of virtuoso music for solo bassoon and continuo from the baroque era, featuring some of the most challenging music written for bassoon, performed by Peter Whelan (bassoon) with Ensemble Marsyas: Philippe Grisvard (harpsichord/organ), Sarah McMahon (cello), Thomas Dunford (theorbo).

Shane Latimer awarded €5,220 to produce a recording of his own compositions, influenced by free jazz, ambient, hip hop and funk, with the group OKO, performed by Darragh O’Kelly (keyboards), Shane Latimer (guitar), Shane O Donovan (drums), Jack McMahon (turntables/samples/reeds).

David Redmond awarded €8,456 to record a body of his own jazz compositions, featuring David Redmond (double bass), Bill Carothers (piano), Jason Rigby (saxophone), and Kevin Brady (drums).

The deadlines for applications for the Music Recording Scheme in 2012 will be announced in the New Year along with details on how to apply. The scheme is open to musicians and ensembles of all genres that are of Irish nationality or resident in Ireland.  Further information available from Music Network, Coach House, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2, 01 6719429 or from



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