104% Funded


Target: £1200


£1,255 Raised


36 Funders

Prima Quartet Live

By Niamh McGowan


Niamh McGowan (Violin), Catherine Humphreys (Violin), Joanna Byrne (Viola) and Aoife Dennedy (Cello) of Prima String Quartet come from the breadth of Ireland from Derry to Cork. We were brought together by friendship and a passion for playing new and exciting chamber music.

We have, for a long time, wanted to commission a challenging composition for performance with visual projections featuring current and quality artists whose genius lends itself so well to the String Quartet. The opportunity to perform such a set has now presented itself to us with Derry City of Culture 2013's Culture Tech Festival.

Michael Doherty is a Derry born, successful and active composer based in Manchester. Having recently arranged the likes of Muse for The Herbert Cello Quartet to great acclaim he was our first choice as the man for the job. The composition that we will be commissioning from Michael will be like a modern DJ set with tracks merging seamlessly into one another against the backdrop of carefully constructed visual projections which will undoubtedly enhance the audience experience.

The audience will be invited to enjoy complex, expansive and exciting arrangements of Muse, Radiohead, Daft punk and the Cinematic Orchestra with a few surprises thrown in!

The debut performance of this work will take place in one of Derry City of Culture 2013's newest performance spaces 'An Culturlann' on 1st September 2012 as part of Derry's Cutlure Tech Festival.

Following anticipated success at The Culture Tech Festival we plan to take this composition further afield and give additional performances in Belfast and Dublin throughout the year.

For this to happen we need your help to fund the commission of the composition, the production of our visual projections and to produce an audio CD of the composition. This is a new venture for us and we have exciting projects in the pipeline. We would love you to be a part of it.

Thank you all for taking the time read about our ideas and for making this project a real possibility.



CD's nearly ready to go

Thank you to all our supporters at Fundit. We have been in the studio and finished our recording session of Prima Live Mix featuring the music of Muse, Radoihead and more. We are now in the process of having our CD covers designed and printed, your limited edition copies will be with you soon! Thank you for allowing this all to happen, it has been a huge learning curve for us all and we are excited about developing as a quartet and producing many more tracks in the future. Thanks again! Niamh, Catherine, Joanna and Aoife x

100% funded and project complete

Thanks to everyone who came to the Culture Tech Gig on Saturday evening at An Culturlann Derry to hear Prima quartet play Michael Doherty's latest creation featuring Muse, radio head, The Divine Comedy and more. We had a ball and were privileged to be on stage with fine artists, Figure of 8 and Grainne Holland. Big thank you to everyone who supported us through fundit.ie, We are now in the process of setting up performances in Belfast and Dublin and recording is underway, can't wait to let you all hear it! Niamh, Catherine, Jo and Aoife

First Draft is in

Michael has sent through the first draft of our composition and it looks and sounds amazing, lots of exciting, interweaving lines, energy and gorgeous moments. We can't wait to start putting this together! Thanks everyone! Niamh, Catherine, Jo and Aoife

Fully funded after 5 days!

I can't believe it but we are now fully funded for our performance at An Culturlann as part of Derry's Culture Tech festival after only 5 days!! Thank you to all of you who have taken the time to read about our project, for your amazing generosity and for your support. We're looking forward to putting on a good show, hope you can join us! :)

Day 5 Prima Quartet Live

We are nearly there! Thanks to your generosity we are 80% funded!! Special thanks to Nora Murray-Cavanagh, Conor Carlin, Emma Barr, Maureen Sloyan, Kitty O'Callaghan and Jenny Dowdall our newest funders and supporters of this project. Michael Doherty, our composer, is making strides in writing our piece spurred on by your support. So much so that he will be ready to send us through Prima Quartet Live: Part 1 this weekend! That means we can get busy with rehearsals to make sure the performance at An Culturlann on 1st September is something special :) Thanks to everyone who has donated to our project so far, you're all stars! Niamh, Catherine, Jo and Aoife x

End of day 3 on fundit

The end of Prima Quartet's 3rd day on fundit.ie and what a day! Big big thank yous today to Kevin Healy, Jane Hilliard, Jenny Grant, Maria Phillips, Martina McDonald, Helen O'Hare, Sinead Grego and Brian Kelly. We also received two substantial anonymous donations which means with everyone's help and support we are now exactly two thirds funded and way ahead of schedule to meet our targets and make this performance a great success! Here's an experiment from earlier today for anyone that has helped to fund our project so far. Thanks again everyone! x http://soundcloud.com/prima-quartet/radiohead-no-surprises-prima

Day 3 Live on Fundit .ie

Big thanks to our newest funders, Kevin Healy, Sarah Wiley and Paddy English and of course to our anonymous funders, we are so grateful for your support. I thought I would try a wee experiment this morning in the run up to Culture Tech Festival. My quartet buddies are scattered over the country (and in Columbia!) at the minute so I decided to try to record an entire quartet (demo) by myself using a viola to play the cello part. Have a listen! Thanks Dermot for recording! http://soundcloud.com/prima-quartet/radiohead-no-surprises-prima

Day 2 live on fundit

We are so grateful to everyone who has been so kind taking the time to donate to our project. Special thanks go to Tony Carlin all the way over in California, Grainne Stevenson, Connor Doherty, Jenny O'Connor, Fergal Crawley, BX Centric and to our 5 funders who wish to remain annonymous. Our composition is well underway thanks to your support and we are looking forward to rehearsals! Big thank you from Niamh, Catherine, Jo and Aoife

funders (36)

There are 28 public funders of this project

There are 8 anonymous funders of this project