New Music Dublin: Out With A Crash

New Music Dublin 2018 doesn't go quietly!

To mark the end of the festival, Crash Ensemble and a crack band of festival musicians join in a joyous mass rendition of Louis Andriessen's Workers Union; a symphonic movement for loud sounding instruments… with the emphasis on LOUD.

Each ticket comes with a free drink and an invite to the closing reception in the NCH Studio.


Workers Union (1975) is a composition by Louis Andriessen intended for any loud-sounding group of instruments; Andriessen did not want to handicap orchestras by providing a list of instruments.

Workers Union was originally written for the orchestra De Volharding (Perseverance), in which I myself figured as a pianist at that time. This piece is a combination of individual freedom and severe discipline: its rhythm is exactly fixed; the pitch, on the other hand, is indicated only approximately, on a single-lined stave. It is difficult to play in an ensemble and to remain in step, sort of like organising and carrying on political action. - Louis Andriessen