BCMG Premiere

Details of my first composition for Birmingham Contemporary Music Group as part of my SAM residency have just been announced. The composition entitled Rückstände will be performed in a concert featuring works by Iannis Xenakis, Howard Skempton, Phillip Cashian and Tansy Davies. I’m very much looking forward to it!
Full details available here

Birmingham/Stockholm Exchange

We recently returned from Stockholm after a very successful exchange between Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal College of Music (KMH) in Stockholm. My piece Stabat Mater was a great success and was performed wonderfully by Hannah Davey, Jack McNeill, Paul Norman and Sebastiano Dessanay. It was an absolute pleasure and privilege to work with such sensitive and talented musicians. The exchange also afforded me the opportunity to meet some great people in Stockholm including Karin Rehnqvist, Bill Brunson, Per Egland and Ilari Hongisto. Hopefully our paths will cross again someday! Composing is often a solitary experience and these kind of exchanges are a welcomed opportunity to meet other like minded eremites…

Forthcoming Events

Below is a list of forthcoming performances of my work:

Stabat Mater (2010) for small ensemble is to be performed on 31 January 2011, in the Recital Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham, UK. Performed by Hannah Davey & The Composers Ensemble.

Stabat Mater (2010)  for small ensemble is to be performed on 2 February 2011, in the Royal College of Music (KMH), Stockholm, Sweden. Performed by Hannah Davey & The Composers Ensemble.

Tout va bien (2011) for Wind Orchestra  is to be performed on 11 March 2011, in the Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham, UK. Performed by Junior Wind Orchestra.

Basso Continuo (2010) for amplified ensemble is to be performed on 1 April 2011, Venue TBC, Dublin, Ireland. Performed by Crash Ensemble.

New Work (2011) for amplified ensemble is to be performed on 7 April 2011, in the Recital Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham, UK. Performed by Decibel.


2010 A very busy year!

What a year!

I am very grateful for the fantastic opportunities I have received this past year and am very privileged to have worked with some incredible musicians, all of whom have given me a fascinating insight into this thing we call music.

Highlights of the year past were performances  from Garth Knox, Orkest de ereprijs (as well as meeting many great people in Apeldoorn!), Decibel (During Louis Andriessen’s trip to Birmingham), Darragh Morgan & Mary Dullea, and the composers ensemble at Birmingham Conservatoire. I also had the privilege of working with the Jacob Epstein archive at the New Art Gallery Walsall, culminating in a performance at this wonderful gallery. This is on top of continually benifiting from the many wonderful insights I receive from my supervisors Joe Cutler and Howard Skempton. In addition to this I presented papers at the University of York, Birmingham Conservatoire, University of Durham, and Coventry University. furthermore, I made numerous appearances as an improvising performer, in addition to recording with my band Nippons.

The year really finished with a bang as I was appointed BCMG/Sound and Music apprentice Composer in Residence, a role I am really looking forward to undertaking.

2011 Looks just as action packed with performances from the Composers Ensemble in Birmingham in January, Composers Ensemble in Stockholm in February, Decibel  and Birmingham Conservatoire Wind Orchestra in Birmingham in March, Crash Ensemble in Dublin in April as well as a large piece for BCMG for the end of the year!

Lets hope its a good one!!!


Seán Clancy named BCMG/Sound and Music apprentice composer in residence

Great News!
I have recently been appointed BCMG/Sound and Music apprentice composer in residence for 2011. I will be working closely with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group culminating in the creation of a new work at the end of the year. Watch this space for more details!

Night of the Unexpected

My new piece Qui aime bien châtie bien for two melodicas and narrator, will be performed at Birmingham’s Glee Club on 6 December 2010 as part of the Night of the Unexpected curated by Howard Skempton. I will also be performing in a piece by Rachel Nichols as well as Birmingham Conservatoire’s Creative Ensemble led by composer Ed Bennett with special guest soloist Paul Dunmall. An event not to be missed! Doors open at 7.30pm. more details and tickets here

Contrafactum to be diffused in Birmingham

My acousmatic piece contrafactum is to be diffused live via the Recital Hall’s 24 channel surround speaker system as part of the first Birmingham Conservatoire legacies in technology concert on 25 October 2010. This concert takes place in the Recital hall, Birmingham Conservatoire, and will also feature classic work from the electroacoustic repertoire.


Hello Friends,

Welcome to the new website of the Irish Composer Seán Clancy. Here you will find all the latest information relating to my compositional activity. The about section contains my biography, You can listen to some music in the tunes section, read papers I have given in the writings section, find out about activities I may be involved with in the news section, seek out forthcoming performances in the events section, see images in the image section, and follow-up on some links in the links section. I hope you find this space interesting and informative.

best wishes,