John Buckley’s music features in a concert at the Hugh Lane Gallery on 28 October 2012

A concert which celebrates the sixtieth birthday of distinguished Irish Composer John Buckley takes place on 28 October 2012 at 12pm as part of the Sundays@Noon series at the Dublin City Gallery, Hugh Lane.

The concert will consist exclusively of Buckley’s own works for a variety of instruments, including solo horn, solo violin, solo saxophone, piano and vocals.

John Buckley’s catalogue now extends to over 100 works, which have been performed and broadcast in more than fifty countries worldwide. His compositions have represented Ireland on five occasions at the International Rostrum of Composers and at five ISCM festivals. Amongst his awards are the Varming Prize (1977), the Macaulay Fellowship (1978), the Arts Council’s Composers’ Bursary (1982), and the Toonder Award (1991). In 1984 he was elected a member of Aosdána, Ireland’s state sponsored academy of creative artists. His music has been recorded on the Anew, Altarus, Black Box, Marco Polo, Lyric FM, Atoll and Celestial Harmonies labels. He has made numerous broadcasts on music and music education for RTÉ and Lyric FM.

He has been awarded both a PhD and a DMus by the National University of Ireland and is active as a lecturer on composition and music in education. He is on the staff of St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Dublin. His biography Constellations: The Life and Music of John Buckley by Benjamin Dwyer was published in May 2011 by Carysfort Press.

The concert is supported by the research committee, St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra.

Listen to an interview with John Buckley, recorded on 22 October 2012.


Sonata for Solo Horn (1993)
Three Preludes for Two Violins (2009)
Prelude No. 1 for Piano (1995)
The Cloths of Heaven
And Wake the Purple Year (1986)
A Few Notes for Jim (2005)
Fantasia No. 1 for Alto Saxophone
Arabesque (1990)
There Is a Spot ‘Mid Barren Hills (1998 rev 2012)
Music When Soft Voices Die (1984)
Jabberwocky (1996 rev. 2012)

The concert takes place on October 28th and is free of charge.

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