RTÉ have announced Gerald Barry as their new composer-in-residence from autumn 2015 to summer 2018. The residency will be framed around a number of commissions and performance opportunities involving both RTÉ orchestras, the Contempo quartet and the two choirs.
Planned commissions include Humiliated and Insulted for choir and orchestra – a co-commission with Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Midday for string octet, and a reworking of his String Quartet No. 1. Other highlights of the residency include the Irish premiere of Barry’s Piano Concerto with Hugh Tinney and RTÉ Symphony Orchestra led by Cristian Macelaru, and performances of the complete string quartets by RTÉ Contempo Quartet. Performances will be broadcast live, made available for streaming online and recorded for RTÉ lyric fm.
Gerald Barry commented: ‘My first outing with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra was in the early ’70s with a performance of Lessness, my setting of Beckett’s text for voices and orchestra. Even at that early stage, the orchestra was a generous supporter, and the association has been a rich one for me, culminating in their recording of my opera, The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant. It’s a real pleasure and privilege to now renew that association with this residency and to have the opportunity to work with RTÉ’s other ensembles.’