Anselm McDonnell

Award: Develop Your Skills (Transmission)

Year: 2018

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Composer

Location: Northern Ireland


Dr. Anselm McDonnell is a composer of Irish/Welsh heritage currently based in Belfast, who has composed over seventy pieces for orchestra, chamber groups, choirs, soloists, and electronics. His music has been performed in North America, Canada, Finland, Japan, Russia, and across Europe. A diverse range of interests have led to the creation of work in collaboration with lighting designers, theologians, poets, filmmakers (including 360 VR, ambisonic recording, and spatialized sound), improvising musicians, fashion designers, dancers, and actors.

McDonnell has written for the London Symphony Orchestra, CRASH Ensemble, Chamber Choir Ireland, BBC Singers, Ulster Orchestra, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. His music has been played on BBC Radio 3, Lyric FM and Radiophrenia Glasgow. His work has won several awards: both the Feis Ceoil Choral and Chamber Music Composition Prize, winner of the 3rd International Kastalsky Choral Writing Competition, Moscow, and finalist in the 14th Sun River Prize in Chengdu, China. The large chamber work Engines of Babel was highly commended in the TMAO Symposium, Bangkok, Thailand. His first portrait album, Light of Shore, will be released in Autumn 2021.