April 05, 2019

We are pleased to announce the three shortlisted composers for the 4th Peter Rosser Composition Award 2019.

Submission 10. Pàdruig Morrison for Caoin Leth-Challtach

Submission 07. Kevin Terry for Quipu

Submission 03. Chris McCann for Dancing Light: Flash, Dimmer, Flicker, Pulse.


All shortlisted composers will attend workshops in Belfast on Sun 14th April and will have their work performed in a concert in Redbox Recording that evening.

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About Pàdruig


Pàdruig Morrison was born in the Outer Hebridean island of North Uist, Scotland and began playing the accordion and the piano at the age of eight. A native Scottish Gaelic speaker, he was raised with a strong cultural inheritance in the oral tradition which has taken him to play and teach internationally. His particular area of compositional research is in the confluence of traditional and classical language. He has had his music performed by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Maynooth University Sinfonia. He has just completed writing his fifth BBC programme soundtrack, and as an accordionist, he performs and tours regularly with Beinn Lee and Causeway Trio. Pàdruig graduated in 2018 with a BMus from the University of Edinburgh, studying with Gareth Williams and Prof. Peter Nelson, before commencing his Masters in Composition at Maynooth University with Ryan Molloy and Martin O’ Leary

About Kevin


Kevin Terry is an improvisor and composer working in a number of traditions and mostly in collaborative contexts. Current projects include The Altered Hours and Fixity. He has performed across Europe and has had music released by labels in the UK and Ireland. He was featured as a contributing musician in Leonardo Music Journal Vol 19 curated by Pauline Oliveros.

About Chris

Chris McCann is a multifaceted composer/performer based in Belfast. He is currently working towards a PhD in composition at The Sonic Arts Research Centre at Queens University. Chris composes chamber music, music for instruments, electronics and visuals, electroacoustic music, site-specific installations and films. Furthermore, his compositional interests include, but are not limited to, improvisation, eclecticism, explorations of narrative through real-world observations and collaborations with performers. His music has been performed internationally in festivals and conferences, as well as receiving commissions from local performers and most notably, the Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble. Chris is also an active session musician in Northern Ireland and has featured on a number of albums/E.P.s. and tours. Chris has a passion for worship music and plays regularly in his home church and at other church related events.