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Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Sound and Music have appointed the 30-year-old Irish composer Patrick Brennan as Apprentice Composer-in-Residence for the 2015/16 season. The residency begins with a performance of Polly Roe, his “short, brilliantly conceived” [Telegraph] work for ensemble in the opening concert of BCMG’s season at CBSO Centre Birmingham on Sunday 15 November.
Patrick Brennan was born in Derry, Northern Ireland. He studied piano with Julian Jacobson and composition with Julian Anderson and Hans Abrahamsen. As a composer he has worked with orchestras and ensembles including the RPO, BCMG, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Internationale Ensemble Moderne Akademie. As a member of the LSO Panufnik Scheme, his work for orchestra, Ballabile was premiered in February 2015 by the LSO, conducted by Mark Elder. He has been a Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist and was chosen to represent Ireland at the ISCM ‘World Music Days 2015’ in Slovenia. He is currently pursuing a PhD in composition at Cambridge University, supervised by Richard Causton. He is a member of the Association of Irish Composers.
BCMG’s Apprentice Composer-in-Residence scheme, funded by The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation, is a joint initiative with Sound and Music (SaM), where it is part of SaM’s Embedded programme, supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. Now in its seventh year, BCMG’s scheme has given valuable practical encouragement and support to an impressive roster of emerging and more established composers – including Charlotte Bray (2010), Seán Clancy (2011), Joanna Lee (2012), Shiori Usui (2013) and Arne Gieshoff (2014).
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