Launch of Irish Composers’ Project

From l-r, Jonathan Grimes (CMC), Adele Commins (DKIT), Evonne Ferguson (CMC), Patricia Flynn (SPD), Jimmy Deenihan, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Eibhlis Farrell (DKIT), and Gordon Delap (NUIM)

The Contemporary Music Centre recently welcomed Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, to launch CMC’s major digitisation initiative, the Irish Composers Project. The Irish Composers Project is a digital archive for Irish Contemporary Music and is a partnership between the Contemporary Music Centre and An Foras Feasa research consortium comprising the Music Departments of Dundalk Institute of Technology, NUI Maynooth, and St Patrick's College, Drumcondra. The project also received funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Its overall purpose is to enable the research and promotion of the music of Irish Composers of the 20th and 21st century.

Launching the project Minister Deenihan complimented the Contemporary Music Centre and the Music Departments of Dundalk Institute of Technology, NUI Maynooth and St Patrick’s Collge Drumcondra on the initiative. “This project is of huge significance as it increases access for the general public as well as musicians, teachers, composers and performers to the music of Irish composers. It is a major achievement to have such a complete collection of work immediately available to browse online.”

Among those congratulating the partners in the project were members of other national Arts bodies, composers who have been generous in their support for the initiative, as well as performers and well wishers from the new music sector, who had also gathered for this special occasion.

The Irish Composers Project involves the scanning and digitising of CMC’s unique collection of Irish composers’ scores, recordings and related collections for future online access and has been running since late 2008. CMC has reached a significant stage in the project, currently having completed the digitization of 60% of its score collection (over 3000 scores) as well as 1000 recordings. Sample pages and audio clips from the digitised files are now available via CMC's web site for browsing at www.cmc.ie/digitalarchive.