New Music Digest: 27 Oct – 2 Nov

cohEvents This Week:

The CMC Salon this month features Concorde players Martin Johnson and Elaine Clarke, playing Fennessy, O’Leary and Clarke

  • 29 Oct, 6pm, Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall, Dublin
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The Irish Composers’ Collective present a concert of new music for solo horn played by Cormac O’hAodáin, with works by Anna Murray and Hugh Martin Boyle among others.

  • 28 Oct, 8.30pm, Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall, Dublin
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Ergodos present another Santa Rita concert, this time featuring the baroque violin/bass duo Maya Homburger and Barry Guy.

  • 29 Oct, 8pm, The Little Museum of Dublin, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin
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The RTÉ ConTempo Quartet perform a number of concerts this week featuring a commissioned work by Jane O’Leary, called ConTempo Conversations.

  • 30 Oct, 8pm, Theatre Royal, Waterford
  • 31 Oct, 1pm, The Granary, Limerick
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A new song-cycleTo the people, by Andrew Hamilton will be premiered by Juliet Fraser (S-solo), Maxime Echardour (perc) in Scotland, followed by performances in London and Paris.

  • 30 Oct, 8pm, Cowdray Hall, Aberdeen, Scotland
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A concert exploring Irish heritage will take place as part of the Wexford Festival Opera, with music by a number of Irish composers

  • 1 Nov, 11am, Jerome Hynes Theatre, Wexford
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The Wexford Festival Opera will also see the European premiere of Kevin Puts’ Silent Night

  • 27 Oct, 8pm, Wexford Opera House
  • 30 Oct, 8pm, Wexford Opera House
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Béal will release a new album called l’air du temps/the spirit of the times a collaboration between composer/organist David Bremner and uileann piper Mark Redmond


Contemporary Irish Piano Music Exhibition at CMC

CMC will hold an exhibition on Contemporary Irish Piano Music in the Library from 11-21 November 2014. This is to mark the Archives & Records Association’s ‘Explore Your Archives’ Campaign (10-14 November) and the Library Association of Ireland’s Library Ireland Week (17-21 November).
Piano scores from the CMC collection will be on display, and visitors will be encouraged to explore the collection further. There will be a piano set up in the library to try out the works, and recordings will be available to listen to. There will also be concert programmes and other ephemera from performances over the past fifty years on display, to introduce visitors to the highlights in piano music from this time period up to the present day.
CMC’s Piano Albums I-VI will be available to view, along with selected works from the CMC Piano Catalogue curated by Conor Linehan. These works are graded from Grade 1 – Diploma level, so pianists of all levels of experience should find a work to suit them! The exhibition will open from 10am-5.30pm Monday to Friday for both weeks.

Rúaidhrí Mannion will be one of the featured composers at the Soundings Festival in London

Rúaidhrí Mannion

London-based Irish composer Rúaidhrí Mannion will have 2 of his works performed at the week-long festival organised by the Austrian Cultural Forum London.

The composer has written a new octet for the occasion, Scáil Cruach, which will be premiered on 31 October at the Royal College of Music. Darragh Morgan will also perform an adaptation of his work [le socrú] for violin and live electronics on 30 October at the Austrian Cultural Forum London.

Curated by Irish pianist Mary Dullea, ACF’s Soundings 2014 platform runs from 28-31 October and brings together composers from Austria and the UK for a week of events including concerts, talks, and open rehearsals.

The other featured composers are Šimon Voseček, Joanna Lee, Julia Purgina, Arturo Fuentes and Tom Coult.

As well as open rehearsals which take place throughout the week, composer Piers Hellawell will moderate a number of panel discussions throughout the week, and will also interview each of the featured composers about their work during both concerts.

More information:

A new CD featuring a collaboration between composer David Bremner and Uillean piper Mark Redmond is released on 3 November

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The CD, entitled l’air du temps | the spirit of the times, is the culmination of project of music for uilleann pipes and pipe organ exploring the connections (real / imagined) between two distinct traditions: traditional Irish slow airs and the music of the French Classical organ school. The performers are David Bremner (organ) and Mark Redmond (pipes), and the CD was recorded in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin.

The album will be launched on 3 November at 8.00pm in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin by Nicholas Carolan (Director, Irish Traditional Music Archive). The Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, the Very Reverend Dermot Dunne, will also be in attendance and the launch will include a short performance of works from the album by David Bremner and Mark Redmond.

See also: David Bremner’s composer page

Ann Cleare performances during November

Offaly-based composer Ann Cleare, who is currently undertaking a PhD in composition at Harvard University, will have performances of her work in Germany, Austria and the US.

The new music percussion and piano quartet Yarn/Wire perform her work I should live in wires for leaving you behind. The work, which was premiered by them in October at the Issue Project Room, receives its second performance at EMPAC on 15 November.

22 November sees the premiere of a new work, luna|lithe|lair, for Berlin-based Ensemble Mosaik, performed at the Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik in Bludenz, Austria, followed by another premiere on 27 November in Mannheim, Germany – luna (the eye that opens the other eye) – for alto saxophone performed by Patrick Stadler.

Also in Germany on 28 November – this time in Karlsruhe – is the premiere by of Cleare’s eyam iv (Pluto’s farthest moons) for contrabass flute, ensemble, and electronics. The work will be performed at the the IMATRONIC, Festival of Electronic Music by Richard Craig and The Experimental Ensemble.

Further information from CMC’s calendar and Ann Cleare’s web site.

Ergodos presents the Homburger/Guy duo on 29 October

guy:homThe concert is part of Ergodos’ Santa Rita series of concerts and takes place at The Little Museum of Dublin.

The duo, which consists of leading Baroque violin exponent Maya Homburger and composer and improvisor Barry Guy, will perform a programme of works by Baroque masters J.S. Bach, H.I.F. Biber, alongside works by Guy. They will also feature music from the Ergodos release, Star, composed by Benedict Schlepper-Connolly, Garrett Sholdice and Simon O’Connor.

The idea of performing Baroque solo works in the context of free improvised music and newly commissioned pieces sparked off the Homburger/Guy duo, and together Maya Homburger and Barry Guy have given concerts in many major jazz, new music and Baroque music festivals all over Europe. After living in Ireland for nine years, they moved to Switzerland in 2006. Homburger and Guy continue their strong links with Ireland by curating the Barrow River Arts Festival held in Carlow and Kilkenny each year.

The event begins with a wine reception at 7pm and pre-concert interview with the performers, followed by the performance at 8pm.

Further information and booking:

New Music Digest: 20 – 26 October


Events This Week

The CMC Choral Catalogue for Mixed Voice Repertoire will be launched as part of the City of Derry International Choral Festival 2014.

  • 22 Oct, 12pm, St. Columb’s Hall, Derry
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Violinist Cora Venus Lunny performs two concerts this week as part of the AIC Irish Canon series, featuring a programme of music by Irish composers.

  • 23 Oct, 1pm, Riverstown Hall, NUI Maynooth
  • 24 Oct, 8.30pm, Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall
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Eimear Coughlan (hrp), John Carroll (acc) and Rebecca McCarthy Kent (fiddle) will premiere two new works by Anne-Marie O’Farrell at a Graduation Ceremony

  • 24 Oct, 3pm, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick
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Another Anne-Marie O’Farrell work, for harp, mezzo-soprano and flute, will be performed at a chamber concert in Germany.

  • 25 Oct, 7pm, Katherinkirche, Stuttgart, Germany
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Ailís Ní Ríain launches a new curated concert series in Todmorden called Lucky Dog Music, the first concert of which will include a performance ovalf her work Mantic for percussion

  • 25 Oct, 7.30pm, Central Methodist Church, Todmorden, UK
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Trio Mediaeval and Garth Knox’s Saltarello perform a concert called Song of Songs, which includes two premieres, by David Lang and Betty Olivero

  • 24 Oct, 8pm, St. Peter’s Church of Ireland, Drogheda
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The Wexford Opera Festival takes place this weekend, with a programme that includes the European premiere of Kevin Puts’ Silent Night 

  • 22 Oct – 2 Nov, Wexford Opera House
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The AIC have announced the six scores to be sent to the ISCM World Music Days festival 2015 in Slovenia.

New Music Dublin will present a two-day festival in March called What?…Wow

Ergodos have released a new CD of works by Judith Ring, titled What Was

A new series Scoring History programmed by composer Ian Wilson takes place during November

Featuring the Vanbrugh Quartet, whom Ian Wilson has collaborated with for over 20 years, Scoring History explores the last 200 years of the string quartet canon, and includes four concerts focused on four themes.

The themes – Folk, Distant Lands, Conflict and Solitudes – are devised to “connect with some of the most important and transformative events in human history”, says Ian Wilson, and include works by major composers of the string quartet repertoire, such as Schubert, Dvorák, Shostakovich and Beethoven, among others.

Central to each of the programmes are 6 of Ian Wilson’s String Quartets which span an 18 year period from the 3rd (1996) to his 15th (2014). Wilson, who this year celebrates his 50th birthday in 2014, is a prolific string quartet composer and has written sixteen string quartets to date, many of which have been performed numerous times and recorded commercially. The series is the first ever retrospective of the composer’s work in the string quartet genre.

The concerts takes place in the Engineering Library of the National Concert Hall, Dublin at 6pm each Friday during November.

Tickets are available from the National Concert Hall web site –

Download a brochure of the series here.

The Mornington Singers are holding a workshop of new Irish choral works on 18 October

SONY DSCThe workshop takes place at the Church of St. George & St. Thomas, Cathal Brugha Street, Dublin on Saturday, 18 October from 2–5pm and will include readings of 8 new works by Irish composers.

Open to the public for an entry charge of €5, the composers included in the workshop are Daniel Barkley, Frank Corcoran, Eoghan Desmond, Liam Friel, Brian Ingoldsby, Fergus Johnson, David Monks, and Dermot Walsh.

Most of the composers will be in attendance to direct and discuss their work.

Further information from the Mornington Singers Facebook page

Full programme:

Daniel Barkley – La Musique
Frank Corcoran – An Irish Carol
Eoghan Desmond – A Meditation for St Cecilia
Liam Friel – The Time of Singing is Come
Brian Ingoldsby – Crossings
Fergus Johnston – Psalm 84
David Monks – O Magnum Mysterium
Dermot Walsh – Amhrán Suaimhnis (Psalm XXIII)

A festival of new music curated by the American composer David Lang has been announced

The festival, presented by New Music Dublin, takes place at the National Concert Hall, Dublin from 6–7 March 2015 and will feature Bang on a Can All-Stars, Crash Ensemble, So Percussion, Trio Mediaeval, and RTÉ ConTempo Quartet performing a series of new music concerts over 2 days.

The concerts include 5 premieres alongside a number of Irish premieres, as well as some well-known contemporary works from the past. Highlights include an 8-hour Bang on a Can Marathon with performances of works by Irish and international composers, including works by Irish composers Linda Buckley, Donnacha Dennehy, Seán Clancy and Andrew Hamilton.

The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland also features with a programme of works by Irish composer Irene Buckley, John Luther Adams, Anna Clyne, and festival curator David Lang.

Further information and booking is available from the National Concert Hall.

The festival is supported by RTÉ Performing Groups, The Arts Council, the Contemporary Music Centre, RTÉ Supporting the Arts and The Irish Times.

View a promo on the festival

See also: a video of David Lang introducing the festival


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