2017/18 Emerging Artists announced

We are delighted to announce the next group of artists selected to take part in the second year of our Emerging Artist Programme, kindly supported by The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Over the next 12 months each artist will receive a range of mentoring, business and marketing advice, PR material development, and performance and networking opportunities, all tailored to their specific requirements.

Having completed a successful first year with Joseph Leighton, Amy McAllister, Isobel Anderson and Robocobra Quartet we are looking forward to the next years activities.

You can keep up to date with progress via the News section on our website and our social media channels.

Conor Caldwell
Conor is a fiddler player and traditional music researcher from Belfast. Rooted in the Donegal style of fiddle playing, Conor has played with local band Craobh Rua and fellow fiddler Danny Diamond. He will be focusing on developing a solo career, creating original music incorporating a progressive technological approach to performance.

Jack Kelly
Jack is a jazz bassist from Co. Antrim who has been making his mark locally on the jazz scene. Involved in the Brilliant Corners Festival residency with David Lyttle in 2016, he plays with the Joseph Leighton Trio among a number of other local musicians including Steve Davis and Scott Flanagan.

James Joys
James is an experimental composer and artist based in Belfast, who works sits between contemporary composition, improvisation and experimental electronic music. He will spend the next year producing a collection of work under the pseudonym James Joys, collaborating with a number of local artists.

Áine Mallon
Áine is a composer from Co. Armagh and a recent graduate of music at the University of Manchester. One of her recent works was selected for performance at the ‘New Sounds from Manchester’ concert for emerging composers. Aside from her contemporary compositions, she also composes and performs traditional music.

Christopher McAteer
Christopher is a contemporary classical composer based in Belfast. He has composed a number of works for various classical ensembles and for opera. He won the Royal Philharmonic Society composition prize in 2012 and has had a number of pieces performed through the Irish Composers Collective.