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31st January is closing date for submissions for 2020/21 Music Bursary for Composition

20th January 2021

£3,000 Award for successful young composer

Now in its third year, the bursary is awarded for an original, classical music composition on an Irish theme. This year’s theme is “Inspiring the Spirit” – a response to the need to enable the joy of music to lift the gloom that has descended on these islands and the world in general as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Bursary, which has a prize of £3,000 and includes a world premiere performance in London, is open to young Irish composers of senior conservatoire or early career level up to the age of 30 studying at recognised music conservatoires and other colleges in Ireland and Britain.

Commenting on the imminent closing date, Patrick Lennon, Chairman of Irish Heritage said, “The quality of entries received over the past two years has been outstanding, I’m sure that this year’s submissions from young Irish composers in both countries will be of a similar standard. I encourage them to ensure they meet the closing date and time of 31st January at 6.00pm.”

Submissions should be emailed in pdf format with an MP4 file to:

The previous recipients of the Bursary are:

  • 2018/19 Niall Tormey, a Masters of Composition student at NUI Maynooth;

  • 2019/20 Aran O’Grady, A Masters of Opera Composition student at Guildhall School of Music.

Aran O’Grady, recipient of Irish Heritage’s 2019/20 Bursary for Composition