New Music Festival for Dublin

Tuesday 15th January, 2013

New Music Dublin is a major new festival that gives voice to a broad range of musical creativity from our time by showcasing the work of major international and Irish figures to the public, and through the involvement of many Irish artists.

NMD is a new partnership initiative of The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon, The National Concert Hall, RTÉ Orchestras and the Contemporary Music Centre. It will take place in the NCH on March 1st to 3rd 2013 and is the first event arising from a planned five-year partnership. The Arts Council is providing significant funding to New Music Dublin.

NMD offers the public an opportunity to immerse themselves in many different types of new music: RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra with Christian Lindberg including a world premiere of his new work Kundraan and the Arctic Light; the RTÉ Concert Orchestra performing the Irish premieres of Arvo Pärt’s Symphony No. 4 and Louis Andriessen’s De Staat; Garth Knox bringing his ECM project Saltarello to Dublin; the serene voices of the Hilliard Ensemble paired with the haunting music of Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannson; Crash Ensemble with European voices new to Ireland including Heiner Goebbels and Michel van der Aa; Callino Quartet with a world premiere by Kevin Volans; late night events including the cosmopolitan duo A Winged Victory For The Sullen and more. In addition to the principal concerts, NMD has an intense schedule of workshops, masterclasses and other events.

The Contemporary Music Centre will play an important role in New Music Dublin, hosting a number of events that promote and support Irish composition: the Contemporary Music Centre’s New Music Marathon, in conjunction with TCD Music Composition Centre, showcasing the emerging voices of new music; a composition seminar for CMC composers with Austrian composer Johannes Maria Staud and the Fidelio Trio; a Raymond Deane focus marking the composer’s 60th Birthday which will include a new short film about the composer commissioned by CMC from documentary film maker Mark Linnane. In addition, CMC will play a role in supporting the Creative Labs for emerging ensembles, which will be running for the duration of the weekend.  CMC’s photographic and multimedia exhibition The Art of Sound will be on display, offering audiences at New Music Dublin a glimpse into the creative process viewed through the work of Irish composers. In keeping with its role as the resource centre for Irish composition, the Contemporary Music Centre will document the festival, making it available to a wider audience through its archive and website.

Evonne Ferguson, Director of CMC says: “I can’t wait for an entire weekend of immersion in such unique sound worlds from Ireland and abroad that puts Irish composition in a wider European and international context.   My only problem for the weekend: How not to miss anything!”

The festival forms part of Ireland’s EU Presidency Cultural Programme, and at a time when our relationship with Europe is undergoing much discussion, is an opportunity to celebrate the diverse creative nature of the current generation of European and Irish artists. NMD seeks to platform a wide variety of new music in traditional and in surprising formats, engaging with audiences in many different ways, using known and unknown corners of the National Concert Hall so as to offer music that will entertain, stimulate and provoke.

Further information about New Music Dublin:
Gavin O’Sullivan (+353 87 2456971 / press [at]

Tickets from €5 available at the door and in advance from the National Concert Hall.

Box Office 10am-6pm Mon to Sat,

Telephone 01 417 0000, Fax 01 475 1507

Online:, Email: info [at]