Andrew Hamilton, composer

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? I remember, around the age of six, finding an old cassette of Beethoven’s Emperor concerto and by the end of the first two minutes thinking “yes, I’ll do that!”.  Hearing it thirty seven years later still brings back that feeling of wonder that any…

Mel Mercier, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? My father Peadar Mercier played the Irish percussion instruments, the bodhrán (drum) and the rhythm bones, and I learned to play from him when I was a young boy. He was a member of the Irish traditional music group The…