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Empire States

The world première of Empire States was given by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra under Principal Guest Conductor William Eddins at the National Concert Hall on January 31 st, 2003. Lyric fm's delegate to the 2003 International Rostrum of Composers

presented the recording of that performance, together with another RTÉ commission, the g arden of forking paths, by young Irish composer Rob Canning. This recording of Empire States will now be broadcast worldwide by the Rostrum's 34 affiliated national networks from five continents.

Out of 58 works presented from all over the world, Empire States was voted by the international delegation of radio producers, including composers, as one of 10 recommended works for broadcast. Works chosen at the preceding Rostrum in 2002 were given some 600 broadcasts by participating networks and affiliates of the European Broadcasting Union.

Niall Doyle, RTÉ's Director of Music, said , "I am really delighted for Deirdre that her piece has received this major international recognition - something her music richly deserves. We were extremely pleased with the piece when we commissioned it, and it is always a great shot in the arm when one of the many pieces which RTÉ commissions for its Performing Groups receives this kind of international recognition."

Aodán O'Dubhghaill, Head of Lyric fm, said, " Continuing on from the success of Lyric's entry last year to the International Rostrum of Composers, I am absolutely thrilled at the news of Deirdre's achievement and Lyric fm are delighted to be associated with her success."

Lyric fm was one of 34 national networks present at the annual Rostrum event organised by the International Music Council. The purpose of the event is to foster the exchange of performances of contemporary music between broadcasting organisations.

The Rostrum travelled to Vienna for its 50 th anniversary session, where it was hosted by Austria's national broadcaster ORF, in co-operation with the International Music Centre (IMZ) and the Music Information Centre Austria (MICA).

Kevin Brew Lyric Fm

Deirdre Gribbin's 'Empire States' wins special recommendation at the 50th International Rostrum of Composers

RTÉ is delighted to announce that Empire States by Deirdre Gribbin, a work commissioned by RTÉ for the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and recorded by Lyric fm at its world première in January 2003, has been awarded a special recommendation at the 50 th International Rostrum of Composers, held in Vienna last week - (June 2nd to June 6th).

" It is wonderful news and exciting for me that Empire States has been given such a positive vote in such a competitive International Forum. I'm delighted to know that many more listeners will have the chance to get to know my work ."
Composer Deirdre Gribbin on hearing of the win

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