love:live music – new music events

Fiona Linnane

Fiona Linnane

love:live music, Ireland’s celebration of National Music Day on Thursday, 21 June, presents a great opportunity to experience new music written and performed by some of the country’s most exciting musicians. Here’s a selection of some of the free new music events which take place throughout the day.

CMC’s Live at Your Place, 8.30am–9.30am, broadcast on Dublin City FM (103.2FM)

The Contemporary Music Centre begins the day with the launch of CMC’s Live at Your Place. Musicians from Crash Ensemble will give an intimate early morning concert to staff at the council’s offices on Wood Quay. Commuters across the city will be able to listen in, as the concert – which features music by CMC composers Enda Bates, Judith Ring and Benedict Schlepper-Connolly – is broadcast live on Dublin City FM’s Live Drive.

CoMA Limerick, 1pm–2pm, Hunt Museum, Limerick

At lunchtime, CoMA Limerick, founded by Fiona Linnane, will play an exciting concert of pieces inspired by the collection at the Hunt Museum, where the group is currently in residence. The works include Linnane’s Viking Ice Skate, commissioned as part of CoMA’s Reaction project in 2011, as well as The Dining Controversy by Derek Ball, written in response to a call for scores held earlier in 2012.

Music Educators Orchestra/Kirkos, 7.30pm–10.30pm, The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1

The Music Educators Orchestra, directed by CMC composer Peter Moran, will present its debut concert, Love Live Classical, as part of the celebrations. The event will be a unique open-mic session for classical musicians and will also feature three special concert performances. Among them, Kirkos Ensemble will present a programme of new works by student composers from the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

Vyvienne Long’s Ballgown Musette, 8:00pm, Freemasons’ Hall, 17 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2

Roger Doyle

Roger Doyle

CMC composer Roger Doyle and Congolese guitarist Niwel Tsumbu have collaborated with cellist Vyvienne Long for Ballgown Musette, which takes place in the stunning surroundings of the Freemasons’ Hall. Audience members are encouraged to dress for the occasion in a vintage ball gown, a bow tie under a cape or a Zulu headdress! Places are limited, so advanced ticket reservation is advised by emailing

Linda Buckley premiere, 8.30pm, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin

The day draws to a close with the premiere of a new work entitled Cosan de Solas Gealai Bui (A Path of Yellow Moonlight) by RTÉ lyric fm Composer in Residence and CMC composer Linda Buckley which fuses the traditional and the modern. Following the ‘sonic thread’ of traditional Irish music, the piece travels between orchestral and electroacoustic sound-worlds and will be performed by members of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, DIT Traditional Music Ensemble and piper Mick O’Brien. The premiere will take place as part of La Ceoil, an all-afternoon outdoor event.

All events take place on Thursday 21 June and are free to attend, with the exception of CMC’s Live at Your Place, which is a closed workplace event.

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