Daniel ‘scores’ with his creation

Winner of the €5,000 prize, and recording by the RTE Concert Orchestra, to mark the foundation of the Munster Technological University, is Blarney musician Daniel Murphy, a graduate of CIT Cork School of Music. Daniel graduated top of his class, the BA in Popular Music 2019 and has been busy as a freelance arranger and producer since then. Daniel attended CSM as a schoolboy, studying drums with Stephen Kelly. Switching to keyboards with David Hayes for his BAPM major, he also studied arranging with Cormac McCarthy. The MTU Composition Competition was open to graduates of CIT and ITT and attracted a fantastic entry of thirteen high-quality scores and electronic mock-ups. A panel selected Into Light as best of the anonymously authored scores and it was recorded over two days in December by the RTE Concert Orchestra, conducted by Gavin Murphy. Into Light is a superb embodiment of the creative and professional skills and talent of the composer, as honed by Daniel’s CIT studies. This stands alone as a concert piece or could find use in a film, TV context or even a computer game! Keep watching out for MTU’s first composer laureate Daniel Murphy.