Sounding the Feminists and the National Concert Hall announce new 5-year Partnership Initiative
Sounding the Feminists are thrilled to announce a new five-year partnership initiative with the National Concert Hall, to promote and commission work by female artists. The initiative is being supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, under the Creative Ireland programme with co-funding confirmed in the form of €20,000 per year over five years. The National Concert Hall have pledged to match this funding amount, making this a €200,000 contribution to promoting work by female musicians and composers.
The new initiative comprising three strands will see the NCH and STF co-curate a new Chamber Music Programme as part of the NCH Chamber Music Series 2018. The series will seek to reveal the work of female composers and highlight women who have been active but hidden as composers over the centuries, with reference to the context within which they were working.
Also being announced is a new Commissioning Scheme to provide opportunities to established and emerging composers to have their work commissioned and performed at the NCH. This scheme will focus on the creation of cross-disciplinary and collaborative work in the NCH programme. Details of the scheme are to be announced in the coming months.
The third strand sees a New Programme Strand which sees both the NCH and STF focus on the diverse range of works of female artists working in today’s contemporary music space. It is envisaged the programme will see not only concerts but workshops, residencies and collaborations to further enhance creation and promotion of work by female artists. This new strand will be presented in 2019.
We extend our thanks and gratitude to the National Concert Hall, Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and the Creative Ireland Programme. We especially want to thank the many incredible women and supporting voices who have been working for this for a long time. This is down to the work of many amazing people, and is truly a collective effort! We are so excited to get going with this, and we'll update you all with more info over the coming months!
For more, see the press release from the National Concert Hall here: https://www.nch.ie/online/Press-IWD-2018