More Contemporary Music from Ireland!
The latest in CMC’s CD series, Contemporary Music from Ireland Volume 4, is released this month.
Latest Directory of Irish Composers Published
The Twelfth Edition of the directory, Irish Composers, is now available from the Contemporary Music Centre.
Morse Code -- Alive and Kicking!
Dead but not buried! Morse code comes alive again in enCODEd, a collaborative multimedia project of the Context Gallery, Derry, and the Contemporary Music Centre.
RTÉ Living Music Festival Commissions Irish Composers
The RTÉ Living Music Festival begins on 18 February and features several Irish premieres.
Waterford New Music Week
The 2005 Waterford New Music Week begins on Saturday 29 January at Waterford Institute of Technology.
Chandos to Record Shannon Suite
Saxophonist Gerard McCrystal and guitarist Craig Ogden are to record Ciaran Farrellrsquo;s Shannon Suite for release on Chandos next year.
Congratulations to composer Raymond Deane who has been awarded the degree of Doctor of Music by NUI Maynooth.
Irish World Music Centre Unveils New HQ
The Irish World Music Centre has celebrated its 10th anniversary with the unveiling of an architectural model of its new headquarters.
Kevin Volans Public Interview
A rare public interview with composer Kevin Volans takes place at the Contemporary Music Centre on Wednesday, 8 December.
Vera of Las Vegas
Opera Theatre Company will tour the ‘nightmare cabaret opera’ Vera of Las Vegas by US composer Daron Hagen during November and December.
Blooming in Winter
The five short films with accompanying music specially commissioned for the ReJoyce Dublin 2004 festival receive a further screening on Sunday, 28 November.
ReJoyce in Music at Darklight
The five short films with accompanying music specially commissioned for the ReJoyce Dublin 2004 festival will be shown again in Dublin’s Digital Hub on 20 November.
CMC’s November Salon
The Contemporary Music Centre’s November Salon features the work of Trinity College Dublin’s young composers.
The Future for New Music News
The last issue of the Contemporary Music Centre’s newsletter, New Music News, was published in September.
CMC On-line Shop
It is now possible to purchase facsimile scores of unpublished works in the CMC library through the on-line Shop on this web site.
Arts Council Commissions for 2005
The Arts Council has announced its decisions on Commissions awards for work to be presented in 2005.
Sligo Festival 2005
The opening event of the 2005 Sligo New Music Festival (1-3 April) will feature a new work by Simon Mawhinney.
Cullivan Donates Scores
Irish composer Tom Cullivan has generously donated many of his scores to the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras' music library.
Wexford-based composer Sue Furlong has recently been awarded a very different type of music commission.
Music Board Ceases Operation
It has been announced that the Music Board of Ireland, having completed its initial three-year term, has ceased operation.
CMC Radio Project
CMC's continuing policy of promoting international radio airplay by distributing newly-released CDs has scored further successes, this time in Belgium and the Netherlands.
CMC Staff News
The Contemporary Music Centre has appointed a new assistant in its library department.
Volans at the Mermaid
The Dublin Guitar Quartet will give the premiere of a new work by Kevin Volans commissioned the Mermaid Arts Centre.
spnm and Concorde
Concorde and the UK-based spnm in co-operation with CMC are holding a composer workshop in Dublin on 20 November.
Craig Ogden Tour
Australian guitarist Craig Ogden begins a tour of Ireland shortly with a new work by Ben Dwyer.
Walshe at the Sculpture Factory
As a result of a CMC initiative, composer Jennifer Walshe has been working in the National Sculpture Factory in Cork throughout 2004.
Forum Plenary Meeting
The next plenary meeting of the Forum for Music in Ireland will be hosted by the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama on Tuesday 9 November.
Hungary Links with Ireland
Leading Hungarian choral director Dr Katalin Kiss visits Dublin in November under the aegis of the Kodály Society of Ireland
Cross-border Funding for Music
The Contemporary Music Centre will shortly be meeting the Arts Council of Northern Ireland to discuss its recent proposed changes in funding for new music.
CMC Autumn Events
The Contemporary Music Centre's season of informal Salon performances has commenced.
Ian Wilson Premieres
Ian Wilson's fourth piano trio, Negro negro elegia, receives its world premiere in Vienna on 10 October.
Concorde to Perform with Garth Knox
New music group Concorde is joined by the distinguished viola player Garth Knox for a concert at the National Gallery of Ireland on Sunday 3 October.
‘DEAF’ Forum Discusses Electronic Music
An Open Forum on the many forms of electronic music takes place in CMC on 24 October, as part of this year’s Dublin Electronic Arts Festival (DEAF).
Latest Edition of Journal of Music in Ireland Published
The September-October 2004 issue of the Journal of Music in Ireland (JMI) contains a range of articles relating to contemporary music.
CMC Autumn Salon Performances
The Contemporary Music Centre's autumn season of informal Salon performances commences on 17 September.
Promotional CDs Lead to Netherlands Airplay
CMC's continuing policy of promoting international radio airplay through complimentary CDs has scored another success, this time in the Netherlands.
Daniel Figgis TAMPER
A composer residency in the Greater Dublin area culminates in September in a spectacular intermedia event.
Scotland's leading international music theatre company, Theatre Cryptic, is looking for six trumpeters to perform alongside Irish trumpeter Mark O'Keeffe in their production Apocalypse as part of the Cork 2005 celebrations.
Groocock Performance at Airfield House
The Sonata for cello and piano by Joseph Groocock will be performed at Airfield House in Dublin on 3 September.
Crash at Gaudeamus
The Crash Ensemble under conductor Fergus Sheil give two performances as part of this year’s Gaudeamus Music Week in Amsterdam.
Buckley’s Carillon in Germany
German organist Beatrix Hermann played the continental premiere of John Buckley’s organ work, Carillon (2003), recently.
CD Promo Inspires Radio Marathon
Promotional CDs from CMC inspired a 5-hour marathon broadcast of music by Irish composers recently.
Crash Ensemble Moves to O'ReillyTheatre
Crash Ensemble is moving its performers and administration to the O'ReillyTheatre.
Kronos Quartet Play in Dublin
The Kronos Quartet will give two performances in Dublin’s O’Reilly Theatre in September.
EPTA Belfast Invitation Concert
Composer Gerry Murphy’s work, Five Locks on the Barrow, features in a concert in Belfast in August.
Irish Composers Grace Portuguese Airwaves
Portuguese Classical Radio RDP / Antena 2 is to broadcast two programs of Irish contemporary music.
Piano Happenings in Bulgaria
Fergus Johnston took part in a unique event for ten pianos in Sofia recently.
Temple Bar Opens Up!
The streets and public spaces of Dublin’s Temple Bar will be taken over by its many cultural organizations in the area’s second Open Day on 18 July.
New Press Section for CMC Web Site
A new section for the Press has recently been added to this web site.
Music Specialist Appointed at the Arts Council
The Arts Council has announced the appointment of Fergus Sheil to the new consulting role of Music Specialist beginning in July 2004.
Artists’ Bursaries have been awarded to a number of Irish composers in the 2004 round of decisions from the Arts Council.
C.S.L. Parker Wraps Film Music
C.S.L. Parker has just finished recording the sound track to Nino Tropiano's latest film, The Chippers.
Michael Seaver Makes Critical List
Irish musician and dance critic Michael Seaver has been awarded a fellowship by the New York Times.
Sell-Out Crowd for Agnew Premiere
Wexford's Theatre Royal was packed to capacity on Thursday 27 May for the world premiere of The Whisper of Ghosts by Elaine Agnew.
Mr Hammond's Opus
Philip Hammond's new orchestral work Carnavalesque will receive four performances this summer thanks to the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland.
Crash Ensemble Seeks Administrator
Crash Ensemble, one of Ireland’s most active contemporary music groups, has begun the search for a new administrator.
JMI Highlights Announced
The July/August 2004 issue of the Journal of Music in Ireland is out soon and contains a range of articles relating to contemporary Irish music.
NYOI Strings Play in Limerick
The NYOI Camerata Strings are to perform John Kinsella's Nocturne at a lunchtime concert in Limerick on 23rd July in St Mary's Cathedral.
Diversions Presents Urban Season
Temple Bar Outdoors Diversions summer series has teamed up with the Dublin Electronic Arts Festival (DEAF 2004) to present a series of contemporary music events under the title Urban Season.
Music from the Edge
Concorde and Galway Arts Centre provide an opportunity to sample a wide variety of new music during the afternoons of Saturday July 17 and Sunday July 18.
Tom Cullivan in Concert
Tom Cullivan will give the world premiere of his Seventh Piano Sonata at a concert of his work in Galway on 30 June.
CMC Blooms Outdoors
The Contemporary Music Centre ventured into the open air on Sunday, 20 June with an outdoor concert as part of the Bloomsday celebrations.
Irish Composers at the National Library
New works specially commissioned from Rob Canning and Roger Doyle form part of the National Library of Ireland’s major exhibition on ‘James Joyce and Ulysses’.
Rejoyce in Music
Five new music commissions with accompanying visuals will be performed outdoors in Temple Bar's Meeting House Square on 17-23 June.
James Joyce and Music
A seminar on the influence of James Joyce on Irish and international composers takes place at the Contemporary Music Centre on 17 June.
ReJoyce in Music
An outdoor concert of chamber music by Irish composers inspired by the works of James Joyce takes place in Dublin’s Temple Bar on 20 June.
Maria McGarry to Play UN Recital
Irish pianist, Maria McGarry, performs in the Palais des Nations in Geneva on 28 June.
RTE Promoter Forum
RTÉ will host an event in June to market its regional performance activities to concert promoters.
Concorde Premieres First Absolute Execution
Leading Irish chamber ensemble, Concorde, premieres a new work by Ailís Ní Ríain on 13 June.
Molly Bloom Says No!
A dramatic recital showing a different side to Joyce’s heroine, Molly Bloom, takes place in Dublin’s Hugh Lane Gallery on Sunday, 6 June.
CMC Choral Trophy 2004
CMC’s trophy at the Cork International Choral Festival has been won by Killorglin Youth Choir from County Kerry.
Music in the Primary School
The Association of Irish Choirs is offering summer courses for primary teachers on the implementation of music within the Primary School Curriculum.
The Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival is looking for groups to provide background music at festival events.
Irish Composition Summer School
The annual Irish summer school for young composers takes place in NUI Maynooth in August.
The Crash Ensemble is to give the world premiere of Kevin O'Connell's new cantata, Apollo and Marsyas.
Elaine Agnew is in rehearsal, putting the finishing touches to her latest work, The Whispers of Ghosts.
The student composers of University College Cork’s music department are presenting a showcase of their music on 20 May.
Sonorities Part Two
The second half of this year’s Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music produced a number of stimulating premieres and performances.
New Irish Works at Sonorities
The 2004 Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music at Queen's University Belfast celebrated the opening of its new Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) recently.
CMC Events in May
A practical session on the Alexander Technique for musicians takes place in CMC this month.
New Works From Mulvey
Composer Gráinne Mulvey has a two very contrasting ‘centenary’ commissions reaching fruition shortly.
International Guitar Festival in Ireland
The annual Irish Guitar Festival, now in its fourth year, takes place at the University of Ulster’s Magee Campus in Derry in August.
O’Leary Premiere in Bantry
The premiere of Jane O’Leary’s third string quartet takes place at this year’s West Cork Chamber Music Festival.
National Sculpture Factory Commissions Jennifer Walshe
The National Sculpture Factory is commissioning Irish experimental composer Jennifer Walshe to create a piece of music in response to, and using, the sounds of the factory space.
Music Festival in Kerry
The story of the Viking Invasion and the music of composer Rachel Holstead will feature in the Seventh International Festival of Classical Chamber and Traditional Music in Kerry next September.
Fifty Years of Choirs in Cork
A new book has been published celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Cork International Choral Festival.
The Contemporary Music Centre has recognized excellence in the performance of contemporary Irish music with special awards given to young instrumentalists recently.
Lyric FM Invitation Concert
The music of Brian Boydell and John Kinsella will feature in an RTÉ Lyric FM Invitation Concert on 17 May.
Cross-Arts Improvisation Sessions
The Association of Professional Dancers in Ireland is holding two ‘Cross Arts’ improvisation sessions for professional artists from all art forms.
Thierry de Mey Masterclass
Film-maker and composer Thierry de Mey will give a masterclass for those with professional experience in film, composition and sound design in the Irish Film Institute on 16 May.
Next CMC Salon
The next CMC Salon takes place on Saturday, 8 May 2004 at 3.00 pm in Project arts centre, Dublin.
Handel in Fishamble Street
An informal ceremony was held at the Contemporary Music Centre recently to mark the reinstatement of a bronze plaque commemorating the first performance of Handel’s Messiah in Fishamble Street in 1742.
2004 Arts Council Commissions
The Arts Council has announced the awards made in the recent round of applications for Commissions.
Cult Japanese Classic Rashomon on Tour
A staged version of the 1950s Japanese cult movie, Rashomon, has music specially written and performed by Irish composer Dennis Clohessy.
The 2004 Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music takes place in Belfast from Friday 23 April to Saturday 1 May.
Crash in Estonia
Crash Ensemble makes its eighth international appearance at the 25th Estonian Music Days from 15-17 April
Composers’ Choice at the National Concert Hall
The contemporary music series, Composers’ Choice, now in its fifth year, will be showcased at the National Concert Hall from 4-8 April 2004.
Must Music be Accessible?
Composer Raymond Deane speaks on the topic, ‘Must Music be Accessible?’ to the Music Association of Ireland on 7 April.
Promoters Forum at CMC
The Contemporary Music Centre is holding an open forum on March 31 for anyone interested in programming new music.
Doyle at the Project
Roger Doyle is giving a piano concert at the Project arts centre on Saturday, 20 March at 8.00 pm.
Sligo New Music Festival
The 2004 Sligo New Music Festival takes place in the Model Arts and Niland Gallery over the weekend of 27/28 March.
The 2004 RTÉ Horizons continues during the month of March.
Forum Web Site
The Forum for Music in Ireland, the umbrella organization for music in this country, now has a web site.
EU Presidency Culture Programme
The Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, John O’Donoghue T.D. launched the cultural programme for Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union at a special function in the National Gallery of Ireland at the beginning of the year.
Arts Council Opportunities
Closing dates for the Arts Council’s various funding schemes for artists have been announced for 2004.
Music Libraries Conference
The UK & Ireland branch of the International Association of Music Libraries (IAML UK & Irl) this year holds its Annual Study Weekend at Trinity College Dublin on 11-14 June 2004.
CMC Enhances Composer Services
As part of CMC’s commitment to enhancing its wide range of services, a new section for composers who have been accepted for representation (‘registered composers’) has been added to this web site.
Recent CD Releases
New CDs of contemporary Irish music released recently include Circle of Light, CMC’s ‘CD of the Month’ for February 2004.
New Commissions in 2004
A wide range of national and international commissions have been received by Irish composers this year.
A New Commissioning Model?
A new approach to commissioning was explored in a joint project by the Contemporary Music Centre, Music Network and RTÉ Lyric FM last September.
Pan Pan theatre company has commissioned composer Andrew Synnott to create original music for its production, Mac-Beth 7, directed by Gavin Quinn.
Bryars in Dublin
Composer Gavin Bryars and the Gavin Bryars Ensemble give their first Irish performance in Christchurch Cathedral on 15 May.
Commissions from Cork
The Cork International Choral Festival’s commitment to the development of public awareness and appreciation of contemporary choral music is best exemplified by its Seminar on Contemporary Choral Music.
Creative Financing and Music
The Music Board of Ireland is organising an international music industry seminar entitled Creative Financing and Music, to be held in Dublin on 20 April 2004 as part of Ireland’s Presidency of the EU.
National Consultation Process on the Irish Education System
The Department of Education has initiated a consultation process to identify and examine some of the main concerns in education policy in Ireland.
The Norwegian clarinet soloist and composer Roger Arve Vigulf has an interesting proposal for composers.
The new $6m Sonic Arts Research Centre at Queen's University was completed in October 2003, almost thirty months after the project commenced.
ReJoyce Dublin 2004
The Contemporary Music Centre, Temple Bar Outdoors and the Association of Irish Composers are very pleased to announce a programme of contemporary music events that will take place during May and June as part of the ReJoyce Dublin 2004 festival.
What Use is Music?
Composer John McLachlan will give a talk entitled, What Use is Music?, for the Music Association of Ireland.
Goethe and Music
An international conference entitled, 'Goethe: Musical Poet, Musical Catalyst' takes place in the music department of the National University of Ireland, Maynooth on 26 and 27 March 2004.
Corcoran Radio Commission
Frank Corcoran has been commissioned by Deutschland Radio Berlin to compose an electro-acoustic work with voices.
Kinsella's Nocturne on Tour with Camerata Ireland
The chamber orchestra Camerata Ireland will be performing John Kinsella's evocative Nocturne for strings on tour to Italy in February and in Munich's Philharmonic Hall on 1 March.
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RTÉ Living Music Festival 2004
The second RTÉ Living Music Festival takes place this weekend with a major focus on the music of Pierre Boulez, Pascal Dusapin, Tristan Murail and other French composers.
CMC February Salon
The next in CMC's 'Salon' series takes place on 14 February with guitarist John Feeley.
Sweeney’s Circle of Light
The Dublin Choral Foundation has issued a new CD of contemporary music for choir and organ by Eric Sweeney.
Irish Composers and the Media
Does the media under-represent Irish composers? Is new music too abstract for the media? A half-day seminar in the Contemporary Music Centre on 28 January will explore these and other questions.
Concorde's spnm Workshop
Contemporary music ensemble Concorde presents music by emerging Irish composers in association with the London-based organisation spnm on Thursday 22 January in the National Gallery of Ireland.
CMC’s January Salon
CMC’s next new music Salon in its ‘Lost in Bar 20’ series takes place on Saturday 17 January 2004 at 3.00 pm.
Morgan Premieres Dallapiccola
Belfast-born violinist Darragh Morgan gives the Irish premiere of Luigi Dallapiccola's divertimento for violin and orchestra, Tartiniana Seconda, on Friday 16 January in the Ulster Hall, Belfast.