Crash Ensemble at New Music Dublin 2017

Monday 9th January, 2017

 New Music Dublin 2017 will take place from 2-4 March at the National Concert Hall.

The festival has been planned in consultation with internationally-acclaimed composer, conductor and pianist Thomas Adès. 


  • Irish premieres of Gerald Barry’s Alice’s Adventures Under Ground and Lisbon
  • Irish premieres of Adès’ Totentanz and Living Toys
  • Gerald Barry and Thomas Adès to perform piano duets in opening concert
  • Three international operatic superstars perform with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra: Simon Keenlyside, Christianne Stotijn and Barbara Hannigan
  • Three world premieres: Ed Bennett, New Work; Seán Clancy, Four Lines of Music Slow Down and Eventually Stop; and Stephen Gardner’s Jerk
  • New Music Dublin Festival Club – informal performances by Crash Ensemble and Kirkos and an evening curated by Kaleidoscope, featuring works by Irish composers and the premiere of Streets Become Liars by Christopher Mayo
  • Tiny Portraits in Tiny Rooms – Crash Ensemble trail in various rooms around the National Concert Hall
  • Masterclasses led by Simon Keenlyside and Christianne Stotijn


Crash Ensemble will perform two world premieres: Streets become Liars by Christopher Mayo and Jerk by Stephen Gardner. 

Adès will perform as pianist in an evening of instrumental music with Crash, with a programme that includes Gerald Barry’s Lisbon and Adès’ Living Toys, conducted by long-time Adès collaborator, conductor Timothy Redmond.

2017 will see the introduction of a New Music Dublin Festival Club with a performance by Crash Ensemble to include the world premiere of Streets become Liars by Christopher Mayo, commissioned with funding from the Canda Council for the Arts.

For Tiny Portraits in Tiny Rooms, audiences, including families and children, will be invited to follow, Crash Ensemble, on a a trail around the National Concert Hall, leading to performances in hidden rooms. (on the afternoon of Saturday 4th of March will be free and open to the public.)

Thomas Adès speaking about the festival said: “I am delighted to be working with Gerald Barry, a long-time collaborator and friend, on devising what I think is an exciting programme of music for New Music Dublin 2017. Aware of the wealth of musical talent that exists in Ireland I am very much looking forward to returning to Dublin to collaborate and perform with such accomplished composers, ensembles, orchestras and performers. This year’s festival has a largely vocal and operatic theme and I am particularly pleased to be conducting the Irish premiere of Barry’s new opera, Alice’s Adventures Under Ground.”



Thursday 2nd March 2017 at 19.30 
National Concert Hall Dublin, Main Auditorium
Gerald Barry, Thomas Adès piano
Crash Ensemble 
Timothy Redmond conductor
BARRY, Gerald Five Chorales from The Intelligence Park [Barry/Adès Piano Duet]
ADÈS, Thomas Mazurkas
BARRY, Gerald Octet 
BARRY, Gerald Lisbon [Irish Premiere]
GARDNER, Stephen Jerk [World Premiere]
ADÈS, Thomas Living Toys [Irish Premiere]
Tickets: €35, €29.50, €23.50, €15

Friday 3rd March 2017 at 21.45 

Crash Ensemble FESTIVAL CLUB 

The Studio, with bar in Carolan Room at the National Concert Hall 

After the main auditorium concert.  Programme to include the world premiere of Streets become Liars by Christopher Mayo. (Festival Club open to ticket holders for evening Main Auditorium events.)

Saturday 4th March 2017 at 14.30 
Various rooms, National Concert Hall Dublin
Tiny Portraits in Tiny Rooms
Performances featuring pieces by composers: Ivan Fedele, Ondřej Adámek, Unsuk Chin and Kaija Saariaho.

Tickets: Free and open to the public


Festival Package Ticket Offer: Book tickets to the three evening concerts in the Main Auditorium and receive a 15% discount. National Concert Hall Box Office Tel: 01 417 00 00

For the full programme and more on the festival, visit the National Concert Hall's web site. 

Music Dublin 2017: a partnership between RTÉ, the National Concert Hall and The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon.

IMAGE credit: Brian Voce