The Life and Music of Brian Boydell
A new book on The Life and Music of Brian Boydell is an essential companion for scholars of the work of this important Irish composer as well as for those generally interested in twentieth-century Irish music.
The composer C. S. L. Parker is currently preparing to record his film score for Irish director John Conroy’s thirty-minute 35mm film, Poker Nights.
New James Wilson CD
A new CD of James Wilson’s Songs and Chamber Music has been launched by the British Ambassador to Ireland, Mr Stewart Eldon, at a reception in the Contemporary Music Centre.
The Balance of Harmony
A new play by Tina Fitzpatrick with music by her father, composer Brent Parker, was recently broadcast on RTÉ.
The Road to Lough Swilly
A special performance of Michael Holohan’s new work, The Road to Lough Swilly, took place recently in the National Gallery of Ireland.
Crash Festival 2003
Composer Michael Gordon, pianist Lisa Moore and double bassist Robert Black, all from New York's Bang on a Can, head the bill in Crash Ensemble's 2003 Festival at Project Arts Centre, Dublin from 3 - 6 December.
New Works by Ian Wilson
Two new works by Ian Wilson will be premiered next year.
Waterford New Music Week 2004
The programme for the fifth Waterford New Music Week, which takes place from 26 - 30 January 2004, has been announced.
New Artistic Director for OTC
Opera Theatre Company, Ireland’s national touring opera company, has announced the appointment of Annilese Miskimmon as its new artistic director
Temple Bar Opens Up!
Compose your own Musical Christmas Card in the Contemporary Music Centre as part of Temple Bar Opens Up!, a pre-Christmas open day by all the cultural organizations in Dublin’s Cultural Quarter.
String Quartets in Galway
From Soul and Soundpost, a series of talks looking at the String Quartet with ConTempo, Galway's ensemble in residence, takes place in November and December.
Forum for Music in Ireland
The topic for the next plenary meeting of the Forum for Music in Ireland is 'Lobbying for Music', with key speakers Des Geraghty of SIPTU and Martin Macken of Q4 PR.
CCAT at Aberystwyth and Temple Bar
CCAT [Cultural Co-operation And Touring] is a new co-operative initiative between Aberystwyth Arts Centre (Wales) and Temple Bar (Dublin) to develop relationships among cultural practitioners on both sides of the Irish sea.
Cork International Choral Festival
The Cork International Choral Festival will soon be celebrating its 50th anniversary and contributions are being sought for a book telling the story of the Festival.
Composer John Wolf Brennan has been appointed lecturer and visiting professor at the ‘HGK’ (Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst, Luzern/Lucerne School of Arts and Design, Fine Arts Department) in Switzerland.
David Fennessy has recently taken up a position as composition tutor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow.
4-MALITY premieres Irvine
UK percussion quartet 4-MALITY presents the premiere of a specially-commissioned work, Odd Ball, by Brian Irvine on their forthcoming Music Network tour of Ireland.
Cullivan in Concert
Composer Tom Cullivan's Sonata for Viola and Piano (1999) will receive its Galway premiere at a concert in Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe on Friday, 14 November at 8.00pm.
Horizons on Lyric FM
Horizons, RTÉ lyric fm's dedicated new music programme returns to a new slot on Sunday nights, beginning on 2 November 2003.
‘Lost in Bar 20’
The Contemporary Music Centre’s next new music ‘Salon’ takes place on Saturday, 8 November.
Applying for a Commission: a Practical Workshop
Continuing its Autumn events programme, on 21 October CMC presents a practical workshop session on 'Applying for a Commission'.
New Directory of Irish Composers Published
The eleventh edition of the Contemporary Music Centre's directory, Irish Composers, is now available.
New Irish Works Commissioned
This autumn and winter will see the first performances of a number of significant new works by Irish composers.
‘Mostly Modern’ Series Returns
The 2003-04 Bank of Ireland ‘Mostly Modern’ lunchtime concert series returns to the Bank of Ireland Arts Centre in central Dublin on 9 October.
CMC wins Green and Clean Award
The Contemporary Music Centre has received the award for ‘Best Cultural Centre’ in the inaugural Temple Bar Green and Clean Competition 2003.
Concorde Premieres Canning
The contemporary music ensemble Concorde presents the premiere of a new work, Dolly is Dead, by Rob Canning, on Sunday, 5 October 2003.
‘Lost in Bar 20’
In an exciting new development, the Contemporary Music Centre is launching a new music ‘Salon’ this month.
SARC at CMC
Our Autumn events programme begins on Monday, 22 September with a talk by composer Michael Alcorn about Belfast’s cutting-edge Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC).
International Guitarist Works with Irish Composers
Australian-born performer Craig Ogden, one of the most exciting guitarists of his generation, will hold a series of meetings and workshops at the Contemporary Music Centre on 15 and 16 September.
The dB Ensemble directed by composer Ed Bennett will perform as part of the Bang 03 festival of new music on 25 September in Bangor, Northern Ireland.
Arts Council Commissions
The Arts Council has announced the successful commissions under the first round of assessments for 2003.
Sligo New Music Festival
Next year’s Sligo New Music Festival takes place from 27-28 March 2004 under its artistic director, Ian Wilson.
New Music in Galway
Music for Galway launches its 23rd concert season on 15 September.
The Cecilia online database, launched in London on July 1st, aims to map the music resources of the British Isles.
spnm in Ireland
There are few opportunities for composers in Ireland, particularly those starting out, to hear their music performed by experienced professionals outside of the sometimes stressful formality of the concert hall.
New Arts Council
The Minister for Arts, Tourism and Sport, Mr John O'Donoghue, TD, has announced the composition of the new Arts Council, the twelfth since its foundation.
Opportunities in Sligo
Sligo County and Borough Councils have announced a new series of commissions for 2003 and 2004 funded under the Department of Environment and Local Government’s ‘Per Cent for Art’ scheme.
Crash Ensemble Tour
The Crash contemporary music ensemble tours some of its favourite works around Ireland in September and early October.
National Chamber Choir Commissions
As part of its autumn tour programme the National Chamber Choir under its conductor Celso Antunes will be performing a new work by David Fennessy (b. 1976) entitled Choirland.
New Irish Operas
As Ian Wilson’s opera, Hamelin, enters rehearsal for its Irish premiere this month, Opera Theatre Company has announced that its second new opera of the season, Jürgen Simpson’s Thwaite, has been further honoured in the Genesis Opera Project awards.
A new work by Rachel Holstead, Thar an bhfarraige gheal, receives five performances in Kerry in September.
World Music Days in Slovenia
Irish composers will be represented at this year’s World Music Days in Slovenia with two performances.
New music ensemble Concorde gives the premiere of an innovative work by Rob Canning (b. 1974) at Dublin’s Hugh Lane Gallery on Sunday October 5, with a repeat performance at the Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, on October 7.
OTC Seeks Director
Opera Theatre Company has announced that it is seeking a new artistic director to replace James Conway who has been with the company for thirteen years.
Following on last year’s very successful World Carillon Congress, the 9th Eurocarillon Festival takes place in Cobh, County Cork, from 25 to 28 September, the first occasion this annual event is being held in Ireland.
Walshe in Germany
Jennifer Walshe is one of 51 recipients from 1,200 applications to receive a fellowship to work at Schloss Solitude in Germany in 2003-2005.
Tempo article on Wilson
An article on the music of Ian Wilson (Out of Belfast and Belgrade: the recent music of Ian Wilson by Tim Johnson) has been published in the April-June 2003 edition of Tempo, one of Britain's leading music magazines.
Supporting Arts in Education
As a contribution to the promotion of best practice in arts in education, the Arts Council has published a new directory called Supporting Arts in Education.
NYOI premieres Hammond
The National Youth Orchestra of Ireland has commissioned a new work from Northern Irish composer Philip Hammond, which will receive its first performance under the baton of Finnish conductor Atso Almila on 24 July.
Music from the Edge, Galway
Galway Arts Centre in association with Concorde contemporary music ensemble presents an informal international sampling of new music as part of the Galway Arts Festival Fringe.
Hungarian Radio Children's Choir in Dublin
The Kodály Society of Ireland presents the Hungarian Radio Children's Choir in concert in St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, on Saturday 5 July 2003 at 8.00 pm.
Irish Success at Rostrum of Composers
Irish composer Deirdre Gribbin's work Empire States has been chosen as one of nine recommended works from a large international entry to the recent 2003 International Rostrum of Composers in Vienna.
Walshe at Gaudeamus Music Week
Jennifer Walshe's work, been in a room and a room and a room and a room (2002, 15') for twelve SATB voices is one of nine works selected for performance at the International Gaudeamus Music Week 2003.
Carlow-based composer Gráinne Mulvey has been commissioned by The Commissioners of Irish Lights (the General Lighthouse Authority for all of Ireland), to write a piece to commemorate the centenary of the Fastnet Lighthouse for performance in June 2004.
Judith Ring in Berlin
Judith Ring will be attending the prestigious Akademie der Künste (Berlin) Sommerakademie for two weeks at the end of June.
Bodley Orchestral Commission
Seóirse Bodley has been commissioned by RTÉ to write a fifteen-minute work for full orchestra for performance by the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland in the National Concert Hall, Dublin, in 2004.
Johnston in Bulgaria
Fergus Johnston will be travelling to Varna, Bulgaria, at the end of July as a guest of the Varnensko Liato Music Festival.
Music Network Report
A feasibility report entitled A National System of Local Music Education Services has been launched by Music Network, the national music development organization.
CMC Birthday Interview
The next in CMC's series of Birthday Interviews takes place on Tuesday 22 July 2003.
CMC at Jeunesses Musicales
The Contemporary Music Centre will be represented at the 58th Annual General Assembly and Congress of Jeunesses Musicales International, which is being held from 23-27 July at the University of Limerick.
The premiere of Kevin Volans' work Desert Steps (2003) for viola, cello and two guitars takes place on 21 July at the Michael Tippett Centre in Bath, England.
Take my word for it!
The Ark, Dublin's cultural centre for children, is holding a five-day workshop in July designed to facilitate primary school teachers in offering children a detailed exploration of literature and poetry through dance, drama, music and the visual arts.
Tour of USA Children's Choir
As part of its first Irish tour, the highly acclaimed Indianapolis Children's Choir, under its internationally-renowned conductor Henry Leck, will perform at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, on Wednesday 11 June at 7.30pm.
CMC Choral Trophy
The Contemporary Music Centre's Perpetual Trophy for the best performance of a contemporary Irish choral work at this year’s Cork International Choral Festival was awarded to the Dublin Institute of Technology Chamber Choir.
Guilfoyle in Manhattan
Jazz composer and performer Ronan Guilfoyle is currently writing a concerto for David Liebman, commissioned by the Manhattan School of Music Jazz Philharmonic Orchestra.
Irish Musical Studies
Four Courts Press has announced the publication of Irish Music in the Twentieth Century, the seventh volume in the Irish Musical Studies series.
Society for Musicology in Ireland
Contemporary Irish composers featured in a number of events at the first annual conference of the newly-established Society for Musicology in Ireland held at NUI Maynooth on 2 and 3 May 2003.
Graduate Assistantships (Irish Music)
The Department of Music at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick is offering a number of Graduate Assistantships valued at EUR 6,000 each per year plus fee waiver (to a maximum of three years).
Forum for Music in Ireland
The Forum for Music in Ireland's recent two-day plenary meeting took place on 4 & 5 April in Waterford hosted by Waterford Institute of Technology Music Department.
Breaking Ground for Music
Composer Elaine Agnew is involved in an innovative arts project in the district of Ballymun in the north of Dublin city.
Mary McAuliffe Scholarship
Mary McAuliffe has been awarded a scholarship from the Ireland Canada University Foundation.
International Rostrum of Composers 2003
RTÉ Lyric FM and the Contemporary Music Centre are happy to announce their joint participation in the International Rostrum of Composers 2003
McKay's Little Sails in Belgrade
Deirdre McKay's Little Sails was chosen to be part of the 12th International Review of Composers which took place in Belgrade from 14 – 17 May 2003.
Marian Ingoldsby's children's opera, Lily's Labyrinth, which received highly successful premiere performances in Waterford in January, is to be given again in the National Concert Hall, Dublin, on 20 June.
A concert by the Ulster Orchestra and conductor John Lubbock in memory of oan Trimble will take place on Friday 20 June in the Ulster Hall, Belfast.
21st Irish Composition Summer School
The closing date for this year's Irish Composition Summer School has been extended to Wednesday 4 June and some places are still available.
Deane Birthday Interview
Raymond Deane will be the subject of CMC's next Birthday Interview on Tuesday 3 June.
Bang on a Can in Dublin
Dublin's Project arts centre and the Improvised Music Company are collaborating to bring the new music ensemble, Bang on a Can All-Stars, to Dublin on 23 May.
McAuliffe Success in the USA
Composer Mary McAuliffe has been awarded a number of commissions in the USA recently.
Deane in the Far East
The Irish Chamber Orchestra has recently returned from a successful tour of the Far East.
CMC Board and Staff News
The Contemporary Music Centre is very pleased to welcome Mary McAuliffe to the Board of Directors.
CMC Announces New Publication
The Contemporary Music Centre is very pleased to announce the publication of Piano Album IV, a new collection of contemporary Irish piano music.
Contemporary Music Centre Launches New Web Site, 8 April 2003
We are happy to announce the relaunch of with an array of new features to showcase Irish contemporary music.
Crash Ensemble's Maternity Hospital
Following the success of last December's Up North! festival, Ireland's Crash Ensemble is putting plans in place for another contemporary music festival to be held in the Project Arts Centre, Dublin, in late November/early December 2003.
Galway Ensemble-in-Residence Arrives
The ConTempo string quartet has been selected as Galway's new ensemble-in-residence.
The winner of the Diffusion competition run by the University of Limerick in association with Lyric FM is Deirdre Johnson from Tralee in County Kerry with her work, Reverie.
Upcoming performances by Frank Corcoran include two works in his 'Sweeney' cycle.
Irish Premieres from Opera Theatre Company
Ireland's Opera Theatre Company presents the Irish premieres of two new operas in September 2003.
The next event in CMC's Spring/Summer series of evening talks is a Birthday Interview with composer Seóirse Bodley on 8 May.
The annual Sonorities festival of contemporary music based at Queen's University, Belfast, will run this year from Tuesday 29 April until Monday 5 May under the title 'You hit him he cry out: Fresh new music from Australasia'.
Vogler Spring Festival
The Vogler Spring Festival will take place over four days during the May bank holiday weekend (2-5 May, 2003) in the beautiful setting of St Columba's Parish Church, Drumcliffe, Co. Sligo.
A newly-formed Irish piano trio named Triantán has an international flavour.
Arts Council Awards
The Arts Council's Awards brochure, information sheets and application forms for 2003 are now available.
Choral Workshop in Dublin
A Choral Workshop Day will be held in Dublin on Saturday 26 April led by Mike Brewer, director of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain.
ICO performs Agnew's The Moon
The Irish Chamber Orchestra performs Elaine Agnew's The Moon under the direction of leader Katherine Hunka on tour in Ireland during April.
Feis Ceoil Winners
The winner of the Contemporary Irish Music Cup at Dublin's recent Feis Ceoil is harpist Clare Mc Cague.
The Spring/Summer series of seminars and lectures at the Contemporary Music Centre continues with a practical talk on the Feldenkrais movement method on 22 April.
From 13-17 April 2003, the National Concert Hall will present its fourth annual contemporary music series, Composers' Choice.
Forum for Music
The first 2003 meeting of the Forum for Music in Ireland takes place in Waterford on Friday 4 & Saturday 5 April hosted by the Music Department of Waterford Institute of Technology.
New Music in Sligo
The Sligo New Music Festival returns on Saturday 29 March 2003 in the Model Arts Centre and Niland Gallery. Under the artistic direction of Sligo-based composer Ian Wilson, the one-day festival will focus on the music of Salvatore Sciarrino.
The University of Limerick in association with Lyric FM is giving audiences an opportunity to hear the work of emerging composers of electro-acoustic music.
NSOI Tours in USA
The National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland will perform works by Ian Wilson and Jane O'Leary on a forthcoming tour of the USA.
Composers at Feis Ceoil
Dublin's Feis Ceoil in April features the Contemporary Irish Music Cup for the best performances of works by living Irish composers.
"Bring down the noise-gate"
A talk with music by composers Jennifer Walsh and Michael Maierhof.
Congratulations also to composers Raymond Deane and Seóirse Bodley who celebrate 'significant birthdays' this year.
CMC Composers Elected to Aosdána
Congratulations to composers Stephen Gardner and Ronan Guilfoyle who have been elected to Aosdána.
The Contemporary Music Centre is pleased offer a new prize to the best overall performer of Irish contemporary music in the under-17 and under-11 age groups.
CMC Offers Enhanced Services to Composers
The Contemporary Music Centre is now offering a number of enhanced services to composers.
New Irish Operas
The premieres of two new Irish operas, by Marian Ingoldsby and Ian Wilson, take place in 2003.
RTE Music and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland began their Horizons contemporary music series on January 28.
Seminar on the Promotion and Presentation of New Music
A Seminar on the Promotion and Presentation of New Music is the first all-day event in the Contemporary Music Centre's very successful monthly talks programme.