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Elaine Agnew was a commissioned composer at the 2012 BBC Proms and the premiere of Dark Hedges for double orchestra and solo flute in the Royal Albert Hall in London adds to her already impressive output of works that have been commissioned, performed and broadcast worldwide. This June, Mostly Me will be premiered by children from Music Generation Wicklow in the Mermaid Theatre in Bray and the premiere of Everyone Sang in January 2015 at the National Concert Hall in Dublin will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir.  Currently based in Belfast, Elaine's work Strings A-stray opened the Irish Chamber Orchestra's celebratory concert at the Konzerthaus in Berlin to mark the 2013 German launch of Ireland's Presidency of the Council of the European Union.  Elaine was appointed as the first RTÉ lyric fm Composer in Residence in 2008 in association with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. more >

The Dark Hedges
The Dark Hedges

15 - 23 August 2014 ConCorda
Chamber Music Course for Strings

ConCorda is an innovative chamber music course which attracts a high calibre of international string players to Kilkenny College to work with talented young string players.  Elaine Agnew is this years Composer-in -residence.


7-12 July 2014 Donegal Summer School of Music

The yearly Donegal Summer School of Music is an ideal way to explore the world of music. Classes can be enjoyed by students who already take music lessons and also by keen newcomers - aimed at 8 to 18 year olds.

Donegal Summer School of Music

21 June 2014 The Given Note

The Given Note is a one day vocal workshop at the National Concert Hall in Dublin run by Age & Opportunity to celebrate Bealtaine and the 10,000 people who sing in choirs all over Ireland.

The Given Note

31 May 2014 Limerick Sings - AOIC Conference

A workshop performance of Christmas Day, directed by Anne Barry in the University Concert Hall, Limerick at 12.50pm as part of the conference.

Limerick Sings

5 December 2013 Aftermath

For more information on the Aftermath project and to view the exhibition, film and listen to I want to tell you please visit:


“I've had 'Curoo Curoo' on the brain all weekend - it's a wonderful setting and the New Dublin Voices sang it beautifully! Elaine is such a remarkable composer - she has that incredible ability of writing challenging and sophisticated, but approachable and rewarding, music for kids.  I don't think I've come across another composer that can do it quite like that probably since Britten!”

Gary Cole: Regent Records




9 January 2015 - 8pm
Everyone Sang - 30th Anniversary

Premiere of Everyone Sang by the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir and RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in the National Concert Hall, Dublin to celebrate the choir's 30th Anniversary.

National Concert Hall Dublin


25-28 September 2014
New Ross Piano Festival

Premiere of a short piano piece Abduction inspired by one of the Ros Tapestries on Saturday 27 September.

New Ross Piano Festival


8 June 2014 - 3pm
Mostly Me

Premiere of Mostly Me by children from Music Generation Wicklow with an ensemble of tutors in the Mermaid Theatre, Bray.

Mermaid County Wicklow Arts Centre


3 June 2014 - 1.10pm
Ready, Steady, Go!

Performance by the RTE Contempo Quartet in
Galway City Library as part of their Fathers and Sons (Daughters): Haydn, Father of the String Quartet and his 21 Century Irish Disciplines.

Galway City Library

1 June 2014 - 8pm
Songs of War and Peace

Performance of I want to tell you by Zoe Conway (violin), Adrian Mantu (cello) with recorded voices from those displaced by conflict in the Oriel Centre Dundalk Gaol.

Songs of War and Peace


16 May 2014
Sea of Blue

Performance by the NEELB Youth Orchestra in the Antrim Forum, conducted by Clifford Lowry.

NEELB Youth Orchestra