Composition

Aileen is currently one of the composers selected for the London Philharmonic Orchestra's 2019/20 Young Composers Scheme. Aileen will be working with the orchestra and The Foyles Future Artists  throughout the year with guidance from Sir James MacMillan, culminating in an orchestral premiere in July 2020.

Aileen is also one of the selected composers on the Adopt A Composer scheme. The scheme is run by Making Music in partnership with Sound and Music, in association with BBC Radio 3, it is funded by the PRS Foundation, Philip and Dorothy Green Trust and Creative Scotland. 

Recently, Aileen's work was selected by The Hebrides Ensemble to be performed at the International Composers Seminar held by Judith Weir in May 2019.  Her recent chamber piece "NUMB"  for violin and cello was performed  which was originally composed as part of the Psappha Ensembles "Composing for" scheme 2017/18.

 

In 2018, Aileen was selected to participate in a residency with The Red Note Ensemble during Aberdeen's Sound Festival. The resulting piece "The Wooden Web" received recognition in The Scotsman which read  "the darkly glowing harmonies and rapturously intertwining tendrils of melody in Aileen Sweeney’s nature-inspired The Wooden Web stood out among a strong clutch of new works." David Kettle - The Scotsman

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In 2017, Aileen was nominated by the RCS to be the first award recipient of the Geddes-Peterson Foundation, an award created in memory of John Maxwell Geddes. As the winner, she was asked to write an orchestral piece in his memory which was performed at his memorial concert in April 2018.

In addition, Aileen has been commissioned and worked with many of the UK's ensembles such as The Brodick Quartet and The Edinburgh Quartet.

Performance

During Aileen's undergraduate degree, she was awarded first place for the Tony and Tania Prize for Solo Rare Russian Music and  the Dunbar-Gerber prize for chamber music prize. During this time, she was also a finalist of the Edinburgh Concerto Competition where she performed Piazzolla’s Bandoneon Concerto, conducted by David Watkin.

Aileen has performed with some of the leading contemporary music ensembles in Scotland such as The Glasgow New Music Expedition, Ensemble Thing and NOISE Opera.

In 2016, Aileen founded the folk-fusion band Eriska. The band launched their debut album “At the Wrong Gig” in July 2018.