Alyson Barber

Alyson Barber

Alyson Barber is both a traditional Irish musician and composer who is currently undertaking a Phd in composition at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama with Gráinne Mulvey. Previously she completed a Masters at the Royal Academy of Music London, where she studied with Simon Bainbridge. Alyson has composed an eclectic mix of pieces, including collaborations for electronics, theatre and animated shorts. She has had pieces performed in Germany, Italy, London, Barcelona and Dublin by groups such as The London Sinfionetta, Concorde, ConTempo, CoMA London, NMC duo Sarah Leonard and Robin Michael, Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra, Pegasus Choir, Kansas State University Trumpet Choir and the Academy Trumpet Ensemble. In 2013 her solo viola piece Twists and Turns was performed by Milan Pal'a at the ISCM world new music days festival.

Alyson has collaborated on several animated shorts one of which featured on the French television station TF1 and another at thirty festivals throughout Europe, Asia and America, winning two awards. Recently she worked on the short Súil Siar with the American based videographer George Fox. Alyson has also been awarded the Bill Whelan International Music Bursary, the Isemena Holland award and the Mosco Carner Prize.

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Select Works

Veils for Concert orchestra circa 13 minutes. Workshopped by DIT orchestra 10 March 2015

Illusions for flute, bass clarinet and string quartet c.8 mins. First performed by Concorde and ConTempo, Aula Maxima, Galway, 8 February 2014. Subsequently preformed at the RHA Gallery Dublin 30 March 2014.

An Draíocht for flute and violin. First performed by Concorde 5 March 2012 CMC, Dublin. Subsequently performed at the SoundScapes festival Maccagno, Italy, 2 July 2013.

Twists and Turns for solo viola, c.6 mins. First performed by Robert Ames, Dukes Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London, 29 June 2009, performance recorded for BBC documentary “How to be a composer”. Subsequently performed by Cora Venus Lunny, National Concert Hall of Ireland, 15 July 2009, Robert Ames Royal Academy of Music, 26 September 2009, Concorde (version for cello), National Art Gallery of Ireland, 19 October 2009, and Milan P'ala ISCM World New Music Days 2013 7 November 2013

Grecian Swans spacial piece for 4 harps. Performed by the DIT harp ensemble, Rathmines, Dublin, Ireland. 9 March 2012.

Fionn sa Cathair for flute, Bb clarinet, cello and harp, c.5 mins. First performed by The London Sinfionetta, Purcell Room, London 24 April 2009. Subsequently performed at the Royal Academy of Music, London 26 September 2009, RHA Gallery Dublin by Concorde 28 February 2014.

The Grim Swan for harp and live electronics, c.4 mins. First performed by the London Sinfonietta, Royal Festival Hall Ballroom, London. 10 May 2008.

Bóithre Bána for soprano and cello, c.5 mins. First performed by the NMC duo Sarah Leonard and Robin Michael, Royal Academy of Music, London 12 June 2009. Subsequently performed by Concorde, on several occasions and Elizabeth Hilliard and Claire Fitch 21 July 2013.

Hags Castle, for solo violin and Symphony Orchestra, c.13 mins. Workshopped by Róisín Walters and the Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra, 24 September 2009.

Influx for Twelve C Trumpets, c.6 mins. First performed by The Kansas State University Trumpet Choir and the Royal Academy Trumpet Ensemble, The Royal Academy of Music Dukes Hall, London. 28 November 2008.

Pouf l'entranger Music for the animated short directed by Laura Ratta 2011, c. 30”. It was aired on the French Television Station TF1 for three weeks.

The Legend of Geb and Nut, c.5,05 mins. Music for the animated short directed by Laura Ratta, April 2008- May 2009. Performed at thirty festivals worldwide. Awarded; Best original design in an animated short, Anifest Canterbury, UK, 7- 8 November 2009 and the Best Animation Film, SFFA Film Festival, Brighton, UK, 13-15 November 2009.

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