The three composers chosen for the PRSf early career commission scheme HRSE's 2021/22 Season are:


Amelia Clarkson, Omar Zatriqi and Anita Mawhinney.

We are delighted to announce the 2021/22 recipients of the PRSf Talent Development Partnership commissions. Thank you to all that submitted, and please don’t be too disappointed if you were not chosen on this occasion, we only have 3 of these early-career commissions to hand out! If your proposal wasn’t chosen on this occasion, please think about a fresh submission next year.

Congratulations to this years commissioned composers, Amelia Clarkson, Omar Zatriqi and Anita Mawhinney. We look forward to working with them this season and hearing their new music. The three chosen works; Amelia Clarkson's Sisterhive, Omar Zatriqi's Blood Dances and Anita Mawhinney's Dr Esperanto’s International Language will be premiered in our annual 'Ink Still Wet 5' Concert alongside two other world premiere commissions from well-known voices in Irish music, Frank Corcoran and Elaine Agnew.

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Amelia Clarkson

Amelia is a composer from County Down who creates music which navigates potent political issues. Her artistic practice is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.  Recent works include commissions for the 2020 Presteigne Festival and Central Band of the Royal Air Force. Currently she is writing: I AM LEDA, commissioned by the National Concert Hall as a recipient of their Sounding the Feminists Commissioning Scheme Awards; a solo guitar work for the Cardiff Guitar Festival; and a second ballet with choreographer Ruaidhri Maguire with research and development supported by the ACNI.

In 2019, Amelia completed her masters with distinction at Trinity Laban as a Trinity College London Scholar and supported by the RVW Trust. Whilst there she received the Musicians Company medal for TL, joining their Yeomen Young Artists programme. 


Omar Zatriqi

Omar Zatriqi (1987 - ) is a composer from Northern Ireland. He studied composition under Piers Hellawell and Simon Mawhinney at Queen's University Belfast, achieving a BMus (First Class Honours), MA, and PhD. Omar's music has been performed, workshopped, and critiqued by many musicians, including composer Judith Weir, the Ulster Orchestra, Psappha New Music Ensemble, and Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble. His opera Science won a Director's Choice Award as part of Boston Metro Opera's 2013 International Composers' Competition, his instrumental quintet Fata Morgana won the 2018 Peter Rosser Composition Award, and his string quartet Key Chain won West Cork Music's 2018 Composition Competition.


Anita Mawhinney

Anita Mawhinney was born in Manchester in 1974. She has family origins in England and India. She has lived in Northern Ireland for twenty-one years and she lives close to the sea in Helen’s Bay, County Down with her husband and two young children. She has taught piano and harmony at Queen’s University, Belfast, for eighteen years. She is a sought after piano teacher and manages a private piano teaching business in North Down.


She has always had an interest in composition and this has become more pronounced over the last two years. Her experience has mostly been in choral composition and in choral and instrumental arranging. She was recently chosen as a finalist in the Peter Rosser Composition Award for the Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble, for her piece Dark Measures.


Anita studied music at Wadham College, Oxford with Edward Olleson and at York University with Bruce Cole. Her influences range from medieval plainchant to contemporary music and she also has interests in jazz, electronic and world music. As well as piano, Anita has diplomas in voice, clarinet and theory. She began teaching herself the duduk during the second lockdown. She has sung in the widely acclaimed Belfast-based chamber choir, Cappella Caeciliana, for twelve years. Her non-musical interests include hiking, fine dining and tropical travel.