Glen takes first prize in classical music competition

Published 09/04/2013 | 05:24

A local music composer is after taking first prize in the national classical music competition, 2013 National Feis Ceoil Festival.

Glen Austin from Rathoe took the top spot in was The Feis Ceoil String Orchestra Composition Competition for his piece Through the Void for string orchestra. The Feis Ceoil is Ireland's leading classical music competition and it is the first time such a prize in the National Feis Ceoil has been awarded to a Carlow native.

Glen, a PhD student at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, is the son of Tom and Ann Austin and was born and reared in Rathoe. He went to the local Rathoe National School and then Tullow Community School.

Due to work and college he is now based in Dublin but is back home very frequently.

In 2010 he graduated from DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama in 2010 with an Honours Degree in Classical Music Pedagogy and Performance, he also holds an Associate Diploma in Performance from London College of Music. Glen is currently a PhD student at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama where he is doing a research Doctorate in Classical Music Composition under the supervision of Dr. Gráinne Mulvey.

He is founder and former president of DIT Composers' Society and also former member of the Irish Composers' Collective.

He writes and produces music in a variety of styles including work for Radio, DVD, and Theatre. Glen also works as a concert organiser and administrator.

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