The National Chamber Choir of Ireland (NCC) premiere a new work by Jennifer Walshe during October


The work, The White Noisery, forms part of a double bill concert of experimental music, entitled The White Concert. The concert will be performed at the National Concert Hall, Dublin (Kevin Barry Room) on 20 October and the Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast on 21 October. Both concerts will be conducted by Paul Hillier.

Jennifer Walshe’s The White Noisery is about the tension between urgency and meaning; ‘about the subway prophet who grabs you by the lapels to shout a strange truth into your face; the cult who spent 40 years digging an underground cavern dedicated to destroying rock music; fragments of text found on obscure internet discussion boards lovingly transcribed in an empty office building in an abandoned Manhattan.’

The concert also includes music by John Cage, whose centenary year takes place during 2012. The choir will sing Cage’s Hymns and Variations– a meditative sequence based on early American psalmody, in which the original material is subjected to chance alterations and ends up sounding very different from the original.

The Contemporary Music Centre will also host a pre-concert talk with Jennifer Walshe for the Dublin performance at 8:00pm.

The White Concert is made possible by the funding and support by the Arts Council/an Chomhairle Ealaíon, The Arts Council of Northern Ireland National Lottery Fund, Dublin City Council and Dublin City University.


John Cage: Hymns and Variations
Jennifer Walshe: The White Noisery

Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall, Dublin
Saturday, 20 October, 8:30pm (with a pre-concert talk hosted by CMC at 8pm)
Tickets: €15/€12
Bookings: +353 (1) 417 0000 /

Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast
Sunday, 21 October, 7:00pm
Tickets £13/10
Bookings: +44 (0) 28 9024 2338/

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  1. Kathleen A. Quinn
    Posted 17 October 2012 at 9:59 pm | Permalink | Reply

    The date is wrong for the Belfast performance: It is OCTOBER, not SEPTEMBER.

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