New Music Digest: 18 – 24 August

Irish Youth Wind Ensemble

Irish Youth Wind Ensemble (C) Marc O’Sullivan


Events This Week:

A work by Seán Doherty, called Et clamabant, will be performed by the National Youth Choir of Scotland as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

  • 22 Aug, 10.15pm, St. Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Pianist Gary Beecher will play Sam Perkin‘s Comet at a Young Musician Gala Recital at a festival in Bangor.

  • 22 Aug, 1pm, Clandeboyne Festival, Bangor, Northern Ireland
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Ian Wilson‘s Lios na Gaoithe will receive its Scottish premiere at the British Flute Society Ninth International Convention

  • 23 Aug, 4.30pm, Warwick Arts Centre, England
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The Irish Youth Wind Ensemble play a number of concerts of traditional and contemporary wind repertoire from around the world.

  • 22 Aug, 7.30pm, Good Shepherd Chapel, WIT, Waterford
  • 23 Aug, 8pm, University Concert Hall, Limerick

Meet the Composer: Sam Perkin

Sam PerkinWe profile some of the composers who have been accepted for CMC representation over the last year.

Sam Perkin is currently studying at Conservatoire National Supérieur Musique de Lyon (CNSMDL). He holds a B.Mus. and MA in Composition from CIT Cork School of Music. He has received commissions from Cork Orchestral Society, Cork City Council Arts Office, Voci Nuove (Spectrum for Choir – Sung at the 2013 Cork International Choral Festival), and The Irish Association of Youth Orchestras/The Arts Council.

His work Violin Concerto No. 2 – ‘Voice’ (2011) was premiered by Eoin Ducrot (vn-solo) and Cork School of Music Symphony Orchestra with conductor Geoffrey Spratt at the Curtis Auditorium, CIT Cork School of Music on 21 April 2012.

Listen to this and other works on Sam Perkin’s SoundCloud page:

The fourth annual Irish Sound, Science and Technology Convocation takes place from 28–29 August

issta-logoThe conference, which takes place at the National University Ireland, Maynooth, is entitled ‘Audio Fabric: Socio-Sonic Textures in the Real World’ and examines the social impact of sound in the real world.

From the conference web site:

Technology cannot be divorced from the interconnections with cultural output, social practice and aesthetics. We seek to contextualise all sound-making and its sciences and technologies. What is the societal impact of our artistic and technical practice with sound? How does our research and practice impact the wider community? Finally, given that our practice is, for the most part, financed by public funding, what is it that we are giving back?

Featuring keynote speeches by Icelandic composer Guðmundur Steinn Gunnarsson and Dr Jacqueline Walker, University of Limerick, the convocation includes papers and workshops on a range of topics associated with the main theme.

The 2-day event also includes a number of performances, including those by Fergal Dowling, Massimo Davi, and Patrick McGlynn.

Further information is available from the Irish Sound, Science and Technology web site.

CMC Library Update for June and July 2014



This update from the library features some of the works added to its collection. It is CMC’s ongoing priority to further develop and promote our library catalogues to performers and scholars nationally and internationally, so we aim to ensure that the CMC catalogue is complete and comprehensive, by asking all 170 active composers to submit their work regularly.

During June and July, works from 20 different composers were added to the CMC online library catalogue. These include works from the whole spectrum of categories: solo instrumental, ensemble, electro-acoustic, vocal, choral and orchestral works. Selected works include:

Enda Bates (1979-) Euphony
Premiered by the National Chamber Choir of Ireland (now Chamber Choir Ireland) with conductor Paul Hillier on 3 May 2013 at Cork International Choral Festival.
“This piece was inspired by the cantu a tenore style of folk singing of Sardinia, and the profound feeling of joy which this music arouses within me. This is reflected in the title, Euphony, meaning a pleasant sounding or harmonious combination or succession of words.”

Linda Buckley (1979-) serein
Premiered by Matthew Schellhorn on 28 May 2014 at the CMC Salon.
“The title refers to fine rain falling after sunset from a sky in which no clouds are visible.”

David Collier (1987-) jaunt
Premiered by Evan Saddler (perc) and Will Bennett (perc) on 31 July 2014 at Small World Coffee, Princeton, New Jersey, USA.

Patrick Connolly (1987-) Breath Notes
Premiered by Paul Roe (cl) and William Dowdall (fl) on 14 May 2014 at the ICC Concert: Wind, Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall, Dublin.
Listen to this work on the composer’s SoundCloud page here.
Breath Notes blends a combination of pitched notes and air sounds, created using with various techniques, in an attempt to replicate the sound of wind blowing through trees.”

Seán Doherty (1987-) Testament
Premiered by Cavan County Choir on 19 June 2014 at Marble Arts Caves Global Geopark, Cavan.
Listen to this work on the composer’s SoundCloud page here.
Testament was commissioned by Cavan Arts, with text by the poet Heather Brett.

Amanda Feery (1984-) Three Sisters
Premiered by Mivos String Quartet in April 2014 at Princeton Sound Kitchen, Taplin Auditorium, Princeton University, USA.
Listen to this work on the composer’s SoundCloud page here.
Three Sisters is a set of inelegant, drunk and disorderly dance tunes.”

Marian Ingoldsby (1965-) Dance
Premiered by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, conductor Gavin Maloney on 21 January 2014 at the Horizons Series, National Concert Hall, Dublin .
Dance is, as the title suggests, a playful and colourful exploration of the idea of momentum.”

Brian Irvine (1965-) Á mon seul désir
Premiered by Darragh Morgan (vn) with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and conductor Gavin Maloney on 28 January 2014 at the Horizons Series, National Concert Hall, Dublin.
The Lady and the Unicorn is the modern title given to a series of six tapestries at the Musée du Moyen- Age woven in Flanders of wool and silk, from designs (“cartoons”) drawn in Paris in the late fifteenth century. The sixth displays the words “Á mon seul désir” – what my heart (soul) desires.’

Garrett Sholdice (1983-) three lieder after Franz Schubert
Premiered by Elizabeth Hilliard (S-solo) and David Bremner (pf) on 31 January 2012 at the Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall, Dublin.
Listen to this work on the composers website here
“The Lieder of Franz Schubert are astonishing in their economy. Schubert conjures such intense atmosphere with so little. It is this singularity that attracts me most. My songs are palimpsests – distillations, celebrations and reflections…”

Gareth Williams (1977-) the song, the stars, the blossom
Premiered by Catrin Orr (S-solo) with The Orchestra of Scottish Opera on 1 June 2014 at St. Andrew’s in the Square, Glasgow, Scotland.
Listen to this work on the composer’s SoundCloud page here
Three settings of extracts from writer Dennis Potter’s last interview in 1994.

Kevin Volans (1949-) Concerto for Solo Percussion and Ensemble
Premiered by Jonny Axelsson (perc) with KammerensembleN on 8 March 2014 at Färgfabriken, Stockholm, Sweden.
“This piece was written for Jonny Axelsson and KammerensembleN, Stockholm. The ensemble is divided into 2 groups and there is a ‘shadow’ percussionist. Ideally, both ensembles should be placed far apart, on either side of the soloist. The Shadow percussionist should be offstage (opposite the soloist) or at the back of the hall opposite the soloist. The audience should be able to move freely around the auditorium.”

Walled City Music Festival “Final Score” workshop report

A report from composer Seán Dohery on his attendance at the recent “Final Score” composer workshop which took place as part of the Walled City Music Festival in Derry
Composers with the Cull Quartet and Joe Cutler

Composers, Coull Quartet and Joe Cutler

On Sunday, 20 July 2014, I had the pleasure of taking part in ‘Final Score’, a composition workshop organised as part of the Walled City Music Festival, in partnership with the Contemporary Music Centre, and held in the Foyle Arts Building of the University of Ulster, Derry. The workshop was mentored by the English composer Joe Cutler and facilitated by the Warwick-based Coull Quartet. The theme of the workshop, and of this festival weekend, was that of ‘The Sounds of Sport’, timed to coincide with the opening of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow; the programme also contained performances of Nick Fells’ ps[c]yched, for string quartet on four upturned bicycles, and Mauricio Kagel’s Eine Brise, for massed cyclists, directed by composer Siobhán Cleary.

Aran O’Grady

The five selected composers were given the stipulation that their submitted pieces ought to be linked in some way to sport; a stipulation adhered to by some and dispensed with by others. The five pieces were as diverse as the Commonwealth-games participants: Fiona Linnane’s Le Rugby, for string quartet and referee, conveyed the energy and drama of a match at her local stadium of Thomond Park in Limerick; Eamonn McCrossan’s piece is titled with an unwieldy YouTube URL that links to a video of the famous Michael Dunlop racing a motorcycle and is based on a sonograph of this eponymous video; Aran O’Grady also took motor-sports as an inspiration in his bracing Formula 1, that even had a built-in pit-stop before the players resumed the race to the double-bar line;  James Oldham was one of the two composers who dispensed with the stipulation of a link with sport, but his collection miniatures Four of Them was, by his own admission, a near-athletic feat of concentration owing to some tricky corners in counting; my own piece, Thelxinoë (mind-charming), also did not have a sporting connection, but in its use of pencils bounced on the strings, in place of bows, bore a similarity to the natural rhythms produced by gravity that were evoked in Cutler’s Ping!. 

Members of the Coull Quartet

Members of the Coull Quartet

The Coull Quartet were amenable to this bizarre substitution of pencils for bows and, aided by Cutler’s astute observations, the workshop was productive and informative in the various ways of creating sound use this extended technique—an invaluable process to me in re-drafting, improving, and finishing the piece.

Photos by Lorcan Doherty, see more on our Flickr page.

Award for Matthew Whiteside

Glasgow-based Irish Composer Matthew Whiteside has been given a Quality Production Award from Creative Scotland. The award is to write a new piece for viola d’amore and live electronics, record an album of his music and premiere the new work.

The new piece will be developed through an extended period of collaboration with Emma Lloyd, the Edinburgh based multi-string instrumentalist, and performed in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast and Dublin around April 2015.

‘I am really excited to receive this award from Creative Scotland’, says Matthew Whiteside. ‘It will give me a chance to develop my work as a composer working with electronics and create an album of my music. Emma and I have worked together on a number of occasions performing my piece Ulation for viola and live electronics and it’s amazing to be able to write a new piece for her.

With the new piece I’m planning to use a motion sensor to enable Emma to control the electronics. I’m really interested in trying to create electronics that, once set up, the performer can control themselves so this collaboration gives me the chance to explore that desire even further.’

Emma performing Ulation at 2013 Sonorities in Belfast

Japanese pianist Satoko Inoue performs music by John McLachlan and Paul Hayes in Donegal and Dublin

Satoko Inoue

A leading interpreter of contemporary piano music, Satoko Inoue has premiered works by some of Japan’s foremost composers including Jo Kondo, Yoriaki Matsudaira, Yoritsune Matsudaira and Toshi Ichiyanagi and is known for recitals of works by contemporary composers such as John Cage, Morton Feldman, Henry Cowell, Luciano Berio, Giacinto Scelsi and Luc Ferrari amongst others.

She visits Ireland with the financial support of the Japan Foundation and will give three concerts in Donegal, Dublin and Roscommon with performances of new music by Irish and Japanese composers in Donegal and Dublin.

The programme includes the Irish premiere of John McLachlan’s Nine, a work originally premiered by Satoko Inoue in Tokyo in 2012. Also on the programme is the premiere of a new work, Lost in Carnaween, by Tokyo-based Irish composer Paul Hayes, as well as works by Japanese composers Hirokazu Hira-ishi, Sesshu Kai, Toshiya Watanabe, Yori-aki Matsudaira, Yuji Itoh and Jo Kondo.

The concerts take place on 23 July at the Letterkenny Regional Cultural Centre, Donegal at 8pm as part of the Earagail Arts Festival, and on 25 July at 7.30pm at the Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall, Dublin. The performance in Dublin will be preceded by a brief introduction to contemporary Japanese music by Yuji Itoh and Satoko Inoue.

Tickets for the Donegal concert are available from (€15/12), and from the National Concert Hall for the Dublin concert (€15/10).

Following these performances, Satoko Inoue will also perform a recital at the Boyle Arts Festival, King House, Roscommon on 26 July at 11am featuring works by Bach, Debussy, Takemitsu and Janáček.

Further information on Satoko Inoue:

An evening of experimental music takes place at Block T, Dublin on 25 July

Barry O'Halpin

Barry O’Halpin

The event, which is curated by Irish composer Barry O’Halpin and London-based cross-arts collective Bastard Assignments, features an evening of new music from Irish and UK Composers.

With performances from musicians from the Kirkos Ensemble, the event includes works from composer/performers Sebastian Adams, Tim Cape, Elis Czerniak, Edward Henderson, Paul McGuire and Barry O’Halpin. The event begins at 8pm on 25 July 2014 and there is a bring your own bottle charge of €10.

Bastard Assignments brings together audience members, artists and contributing performers to experience exciting, contemporary performances in unexpected spaces. Initially formed at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance in London, the group has a broad and fluid membership of composers, musicians, dancers and visual artists.

Fresh from their recent S/M/L concert series, which included performances in spaces such as a tea room in Greenwich and a bombed-out church in Peckham, Bastard Assignments will collaborate with local creative musicians to present their first Dublin event at Block T, Smithfield.

The evening will showcase the work of Ireland and UK-based composers and performers operating in the areas between contemporary classical, improvised and electronic music. This performance is intended to be a continuously running performance that will begin at 9.00pm sharp, so arriving early is recommended.

Video from the February Bastard Assignments show in Peckham, London

New Music Digest: 21 – 27 July


Events This Week

Japanese pianist Satoko Inoue performs two concerts of music by Irish and Japanese composers, including John McLachlan and Paul Hayes.

  • 23 Jul, 8pm, Earagail Arts Festival, Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Donegal
  • 25 Jul, 7.30pm, Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall, Dublin
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London-based experimental music collective Bastard Assignments  presents an evening of experimental music, with music from Sebastian Adams, Tim Cape, Elis Czerniak, Edward Henderson, Paul McGuire and Barry O’Halpin.

  • 25 Jul, 8pm, Block T, Dublin
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Vincent Kennedy‘s The Chronicles of Meath will be performed at the World Harp Congress Concert in Australia.

  • 24 Jul, 8pm, Grand Ballroom, Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney, Australia
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Saxophonist Johan van der Linden will perform Ian Wilson‘s Una Santa Oscura – Fragment in Spain

  • 26 Jul, 8pm, Gran Canaria, Spain

The Hebrides Ensemble and NYOS Futures includes Linda Buckley‘s Fiol as part of the New Music: New Audiences project

  • 26 Jul, 5.15pm, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Scotland
  • 27 Jul, 8pm, Dunblane Castle, Dunblane, Scotland
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Listen at Lilliput features performances by percussionist Alex Petcu alongside improvisation by James O’Sullivan, readings by Francis Hyland, and songs by Sue Rynhart and Dan Bodwell.

  • 27 Jul, 7.30pm, Lilliput Press, Stoneybatter, Dublin
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Meet the Composer: Kerry Hagan

We profile some of the composers who have been accepted for CMC representation over the last year.

Kerry Hagan is a composer and researcher working in both acoustic and computer media. She develops real-time methods for spatialization and stochastic algorithms, and studies the aesthetics and history of electronic music. She holds a Ph.D. in Composition from the University of California, San Diego. Currently, she is a Lecturer at the University of Limerick in the Digital Media and Arts Research Centre.

Her work (bass) (2011) for double bass solo was premiered by Christopher Williams at the Irish Chamber Orchestra Studio, Limerick on 13 February 2013.

Listen to this and other works on the composers’s SoundCloud page.


New Music Digest: 14 – 20 July

2014-06_dic_tat_Events This Week

Organist Gerard Gillen will perform Charles Villiers Stanford‘s Intermezzo (on an Irish Air), op. 189 no. 4 in a Summer Concert

  • 17 Jul, 8pm, Galway Cathedral, Galway
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DIC TAT, a new sound and visual exhibition by Marie Hanlon and Rhona Clarke opens this week, and will run until September

  • 17 Jul, 7pm, Draíocht Arts Centre, Blanchardstown, Dublin
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A ballet by Donal Sarsfield, called We/Part, will be performed by the Baletto di Roma, with choreography by Paolo Mangiola.

  • 19 Jul, 9pm, Teatro Rossini, Rome
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The Walled City Music Festival in Derry opens this weekend, and features a performance of music by Ed Bennett and Ian Wilson by the Trio Festivale.

  • 18 – 26 Jul, Magee Campus, Derry
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The Carrick Water Music Festival takes place this week, and features a concert of music from the New York Hypnotic School by Crash Ensemble on Thursday

  • 15 – 20 Jul, The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon, Leitrim
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Meet the Composer: Nora Constance Walsh

We profile some of the composers who have been accepted for CMC representation over the last year.

Norah Constance Walsh is a composer and musician from Co. Kildare currently based in Dublin. She received a first class B.Mus degree from the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama in 2012, specialising in composition with teachers Jane O’Leary and Dave Flynn. Her works have been performed by the Dublin String Quartet, the Hilltown Ensemble, sopranos Edel Shannon, Elizabeth Hilliard and Sinéad Conway among many others.

Her work Lamentable (2013) for voice, organ and cello was premiered by Elizabeth Hilliard (S-solo), David Bremner (org) and Claire Fitch (vc) at Hilltown New Music Festival on 20 July 2013.


A new exhibition featuring the work of composer Rhona Clarke and visual artist Marie Hanlon opens in Draiocht Art Centre, Blanchardstown


Entitled DIC TAT, the exhibition runs from 17 July to 6 September and comprises synchronised video, a suite of drawings, six electronic sound works and photographic documentation of sound sourcing.

The artists explain the background to the project:

‘The title, taken from the video piece, explores variations of mark making while drawing to the pulse of a metronome. Here the metronome ʻdictatesʼ the pace, beating out precise measures for the drawing hand to follow. Generally in music the function of a metronome is to regularize a players timing, here the opposite applies. Split seconds between beats allow choices in direction and placing. The drawing tool may be handled differently, a line can be longer, shorter, curved or straight, while still observing a strictly measured beat. Given such restrictions, the markings are notably varied, expressive and irregular.

The sound works were mostly composed using a metronome, either as a sound source in itself or as a background pulse, often eliminated in the final mix-down.’

Dublin-based Marie Hanlon has worked as a professional artist since 1990. Although known as an abstract artist she now uses a broader range of media. Video, projection and installation have resulted from joint projects and collaborations, especially with contemporary composers.

A member of Aosdána, Rhona Clarke currently lecturers in Music at St Patrickʼs College, DCU, and she has received commissions from Cork International Choral Festival, Concorde, Music Network, the National Concert Hall, among others. Her commission for the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, SHIFT, was selected to represent Ireland at the 2014 International Rostrum of Composers.

The exhibition will be opened at the Draiocht Art Centre, Blanchardstown on 17 July at 7pm by Evonne Ferguson, CMC Director.

Further information:


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