Scottish composer to work with young Galway orchestras

THE SCOTTISH composer James Ross has been appointed the first Composer in Residence to the Galway Music Education Partnership and he will be working with youth orchestras and composers in Galway.

Over the course of a six-month residency, the composer will work with more than 200 young people and the directors in four youth orchestras in Galway city and county – Athenry Youth Orchestra, Coole Music Youth Orchestra, Galway Youth Orchestra, and Music Matters Orchestra.

Mr Ross will also work with two smaller groups of young musicians in Maoin Cheoil na Gaillimhe and Galway Technical Institute. The composer will also compose new works in collaboration with young musicians - one new piece for each group and a collaborative piece to be performed by all the youth orchestras. The works will be premiered in concert in May 2014.

Mr Ross is a graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2000 and completed an MA in Traditional Music Performance at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick in 2001. His composition work has been heavily inspired by traditional music, classical, and jazz.

The residency will also include mentoring opportunities for young, aspiring composers as Mr Ross will conduct a series of workshops. Galway Music Education Partnership is inviting expressions of interest from aspiring young composers between 12 and 18. For more information contact email [email protected]

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