CMC New Music Digest: 4–17 June

CMC begins a new fortnightly post featuring updates on upcoming new music events and anything new and interesting in the world of new Irish music.

Events this fortnight

Satoko inoue

Satoko Inoue

The ConTempo Quartet present music by composers from Co. Louth and Meath, including Michael Holohan, Breifne Holohan, Patrick Connolly, and David McCarthy.

The June Kaleidoscope concert features music by Linda Buckley, Bartok, Philip Glass, Robert Schumann, Luigi Boccherini and Sofia Gubaidulina.

US new music group Alarm Will Sound stage a multimedia production of John Cage’s Songbooks at Cork Opera House.

Blackout: the Kirkos Ensemble presents a performance (by invitation only) of Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la fin du temps in the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM) alongside works by RIAM composers, Sebastian Adams, Jonathan Nangle, Kevin O’Connell, and Robert Coleman. To apply for a place, please email

  • Friday, 8 June, Katherine Brennan Hall, RIAM, Dublin 2
  • Listen to a recording of composition student’s Robert Coleman’s piece, Still Life IV, one of the programmed works on Soundcloud

Nine: a new piano work by John McLachlan is premiered in Tokyo by Japanese pianist Satoko Inoue along with Paul Hayes’ 27th January 1995.

The New Dublin Voices Dublin Summertime tour includes works by Irish composers Rhona Clarke, Eibhlis Farrell and Kevin O’Connell.

  • Saturday, 9 June, 8pm (St Thomas’ Church, Mount Merrion); Friday, 15 June, 8pm (Christ Church Cathedral); Sunday, 17 June, 12pm (Hugh Lane Gallery)

Linda Buckley: Here I Am is a night celebrating the music and career of composer Linda Buckley presented by Ergodos, featuring a new song-cycle, I Have Five Things To Say, commissioned by Michelle O’Rourke.

  • Saturday 16 June, Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall

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