16 November 2009

With funding from the Arts Council, the Performance and Touring Award was developed by Music Network, to assist Irish and Ireland-based musicians in realising performance opportunities.  The total number of concerts funded to date under the scheme is one hundred and seventy three involving artists across a range of genres, including classical, early music, contemporary classical, jazz, traditional, folk/world, rock/pop. For this round the panel allocated a total of €35,229 to 7 applicants as follows:  


-         Han-earl Park awarded €2,000 towards an experimental music event involving two machine musicians io 0.0.1 beta++ and iWife (I Will Improve For Everyone), created by Han-earl Park and John Godfrey respectively at Cork’s Blackrock Castle Observatory. The concert will also feature Bruce Coates (saxophones); Franziska Schroeder (saxophones) and Frances Heery (sound diffusion).

-         Tara-Lee Angeli awarded €3,352.42 towards a 3-date tour titled ‘Music until the end of time’. Featuring the Gwendolyn Masin (violin); Tara-Lee Angeli (cello); Jovanni-Rey V. de Pedro (piano) and Sergio Neves (clarinet). The tour will visit Tinahely, Co. Wickow; Selslcar, Co. Wexford and the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin. The programme will feature Messiaen Quatour pour la fin du temps and Raymond Deane Ice Flowers.

-         Sharon Carty awarded €5,871.75 towards the ‘Earley Musick Ensemble – Stabat Mater Tour’, featuring Sharon Carty (mezzo soprano); Desmond Earley (harpsichord); Anita Vedres (violin); Aoife Durnin (violin); Carla Vedres (viola); and Malachy Robinson (violone). The tour will visit Celbridge, Co. Kildare; Mullingar, Co. Westmeath and St. Bartholomew’s Church, Clyde Road, Dublin. The programme will include O Solitude (Purcell); Ach, dass ich Wassers g’nug hatte (J.Ch. Bach); Harpsichord Concerto BMW 1054 (J.S. Bach); Trio Sonata (G. Le Roux) and Stabat Mater (Vivaldi).

-         Phil Bergan awarded €7,436 towards a 12-date tour of the ‘Oleku Band’ and their world music tour of Ireland visiting Portlaoise, Ballingaleara, Monaghan, Limerick, Galway, Wexford; Cork, Kinsale, Bray, Kilmanagh, Letterkenny and Boyle. Featuring Allen Taylor Adeniyi (Sax/Organ/Vocals) Segun Akano (Keyboard/Vocals) Otolorin Olalaleye (Trumpet/Percussion/Vocals) Tomi Agbenla (Vokals/Shakers) Michael Akano (Bass Guitar) and Felix Oludare (Drum Kit). The tour will take place between May and July 2010.

-         Fionnuala Moynihan awarded €3,500 towards a series of 5 solo piano concerts at the Hugh Lane Gallery between January and May 2010. The programme will be the complete Piano Sonatas of Mozart.

-         Katherine Hunka (violin) and Dermot Dunne (accordion) awarded €5,758 towards a 6 date tour visiting New Ross, Dingle, Killarney, Wicklow, Tinahely and Waterford. The Programme will include: 6 Romanian Dances (Bartok); Sonata Representativa (Biber); Italian Suite (Stravinsky); Sonata Concertata (Paganini); Suite of Spanish Folksongs (De Falla); and Three Tangos (Piazzolla).

-         Vourneen Ryan (flute) awarded €7,310.83 towards a concert featuring Louth Voices & 2 Boy Singers conducted by Tonu Kaljuste performing the Irish Premiere of Rodion Schchedrin’ s Sealed Angel. The performance will take place at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dundalk. Co. Louth and will be promoted by the Louth Contemporary Music Society in February 2010.

The next application deadline will be Monday 15th February, 2010.  The award is open to musicians and ensembles of all genres who are of Irish nationality or resident in the Republic of Ireland.  Further information and application packs are available from Music Network, Coach House, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2, 01 6719429 or from 


The Music Network/Arts Council Music Recording Scheme, is funded by the Arts Council and managed by Music Network in lieu of the Arts Council’s own Music Recording Scheme. The scheme aims to provide support for professional performers and composers in Ireland through awarding funding for music recording. The aim of this scheme is to ensure that the work of Irish composers and performers is available other than in live performance, and to ensure that important or neglected materials of Irish music are preserved and disseminated to the highest professional standard. The scheme aims to assist in the production and dissemination of audio or video recordings. It intends to support work by performers and composers and performers of recognised ability working primarily non-commercial genres.  For this round the panel allocated a total of €71,500 to 10 applicants:

Ian Wilson awarded €6,388.50 towards the recording of three of his recent chamber works for Riverrun Records (UK) and will feature the RTE Vanburgh Quartet, Hugh Tinney (piano); Cathal Roche (saxophones) and Malachy Robinson (double bass)

Louth Contemporary Music Society (Eamonn Quinn) awarded €10,000 towards the recording of recent compositions of major international composers including Arvo Pärt, John Tavener. The recording will involve Michael McHale (piano); Patricia Rozario (soprano); Vourneen Ryan (flute); Elizabeth Cooney (violin); Owen Gilhooley (baritone); Brian Bolger (guitar); Cian O’Duill (viola); Malachy Robinson (double bass); Deirdre O’Leary (clarinets); Stephen Kelly (percussion); and Brian O’Kane (cellist). The CD will be released using their own label and distributed by Propernote as well and digital formats.

Dónall Donnelly awarded €5,960 towards a recording of neglected traditional tunes and his own recent compositions with Fiachra Mac Gabhann (bouzouki, guitar, mandolin, vocals); Brian Hanlon (bodhrán, guitar, banjo, bouzouki, vocals); Stijn van Beek (uilleann pipes, low whistle); Cathal Hayden (fiddle) and will feature Dónall Donnelly (flute).

Contemporary Music Centre (Jonathan Grimes) awarded €4,000 towards the recording of Volume 9 of the Contemporary Music Centre. The CD will feature up to 12 recent works by Irish composers performed by both Irish and international musicians. The CD will be widely distributed by CMC to both the general public and targeted at specific national and international agencies.

Crash Ensemble (Frances Mitchell) awarded €6,451.50 towards the recording of the Kevin Volan's piece ‘Trumpet Vibes Cello Piano’ with Andy Crowley (trumpet); Owen Gunnell (vibes); Kate Ellis (cello) and John Godfrey (piano). The CD will be widely distributed by Crash Ensemble using a range of traditional and digital media.

Nick Roth awarded €8,000 towards a recording Phase II of the Solo Series. This recording will focus on producing recordings by 4 of leading string players in their respective genres (Cora Venus Lunny (violin); Kate Ellis (cello); Adrian Hart (violin); Caomhín Ó Raghallaigh (fiddle). Diatribe Records will undertake the recording and distribution.

Camerata Kilkenny (Malcolm Proud) awarded €4,900 towards a recording with Camerata Kilkenny along with Moya Homburger and Wilbert Hazelzet of J.S. Bach’s The Musical Offering on period instruments. Maya Recordings will release and distribute the recording.

National Chamber Choir (Eibhlín Gleeson) awarded €9,000 towards a recording of works by 20th and 21st Century Irish composers who have made significant contributions to Irish choral repertoire. The works will be conducted by Paul Hillier with special guest Iarla Ó Lionáird. The recording will be undertaken by RTE Lyric FM and will be distributed by the NCC and Lyric FM.

Finghin Collins awarded €7,800 towards a recording of Charles Villers Stanford’s Second Piano Concerto with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kenneth Montgomery. The recording and distribution will be undertaken by Swiss company Claves.

Callino Quartet (Sarah Sexton) awarded €9,000 towards a recording of Haydn’s Seven Last Words Op. 51 a piece that the quartet has a particular affinity with. To be recorded on their own label and distributed online.

Details of the Music Recording Scheme 2010 yet to be confirmed and will be posted on



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