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Amanda Feery
Media Release 4 March 2014

National Concert Hall announces Alex Dowling and Amanda Feery as joint winners of the Jerome Hynes Composers Competition 2013

The National Concert Hall is delighted to announce Irish composers Alex Dowling (from Co. Dublin) and Amanda Feery (from Co. Offaly) as joint winners of the Jerome Hynes Young Composers’ Competition 2013, awarded by The National Concert Hall.

As well as sharing a cash prize of €2,500.00, each composer will have a new composition for chamber ensemble premièred by the ConTempo Quartet and Paul Roe (clarinet) on Friday 7th March at 6pm as part of the New Music Dublin Festival at the National Concert Hall.

Simon Taylor, Chief Executive of the National Concert Hall, comments, ‘It has been a privilege to host the Jerome Hynes Young Composers’ Competition once again. We are delighted to be announcing not one, but two winners of this competition, which is testament to the talent and standard of composition amongst this year’s entrants. Endorsing and encouraging young composers is an important part of the remit of the National Concert Hall. This competition offers an important platform for aspiring composers throughout Ireland.’

This year’s award was judged anonymously by clarinettist Paul Roe and composer Donnacha Dennehy, curator of this year’s New Music Dublin festival.

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For further information on the above please contact: Sinead Doyle, Marketing & PR Manager, National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2.

ABOUT AMANDA FEERY
Through her music making Amanda has met and worked with inspiring teachers and peers in the realms of composition, improvisation, theatre, and film. She received a B.A in Music and an M.Phil in Music and Media Technologies from Trinity College, Dublin. Her work has been performed by Lisa Moore, Crash Ensemble, Dublin Guitar Quartet, Orkest de Ereprijs, Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, RIAM Percussion Ensemble, Cora-Venus Lunny, and Paul Roe.

She was a 2009 winner of the West Cork Chamber Music Composer Award and has participated as a composition fellow at Ostrava Days, Soundscape Festival, Bang on a Can Summer Festival, and the International Young Composers Meeting. She is currently a doctoral fellow at Princeton University. Current work includes a vocal/multimedia work based on the diary entries of Donald Crowhurst, and 'Spells from the Ice Age', an EP of improvisations recorded on neglected pianos.

ABOUT ALEX DOWLING
Alex Dowling makes music for real and imaginary instruments. He has worked with groups such as the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Crash Ensemble, and orkest de ereprijs, and his music has been featured at festivals including Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival, U.S.A. and the International Young Composers' Meeting, Netherlands. He is currently a doctoral fellow in composition at Princeton University.