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Guide to New Music Dublin

About the festival

New Music Dublin 2022 presents a 25-concert-strong Festival across Dublin.

As well as indoor and outdoor live performances there will be festival-long installations in the National Concert Hall, album launches, a record fair, the annual NMDX international new music conference hosted by CMC, and live streaming on YouTube and Instagram for selected concerts. 

We’re proud to be including an ever-widening variety and diversity of composers and performers; this year we’ll be including world premieres by young composers for young performers in the Cór na nÓg and Cór Linn programme, thrilling new work from emerging under-represented voices in the NCH Creative Lab project, new work by and for young musicians in BrassFest, new work with sign language in George Higgs’ ground-breaking new performance, and the up-and-coming compositional voices represented by the Irish Composers’ Collective and Crash Works. 

Once again, a strong female line-up courses through the Festival’s veins, with female composers’ work presented in almost every programme and our highest ever ratio of female performers to date. 

Performing at the National Concert Hall on the opening night, Andreas Borregaard and the Oslo Sinfonietta will be performing the Irish Premiere of Jennifer Walshe’s PERSONHOOD. 

New Music Dublin 2022 will be welcoming musicians from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, alongside musicians from the Royal Irish Academy of Music, for two Irish premieres to be performed in the main hall of the National Concert Hall. This will be followed by the National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Stefan Asbury. In the Orchestra’s programme, we commemorate the passing of Louis Andriessen last year, as well as presenting the Irish premiere of Rebecca Saunders' Trumpet Concerto with soloist Marco Blaauw, and the world premiere of Benjamin Dwyer's ‘In Memoriam Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’. 

On Sunday Night the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, conducted by Gavin Maloney will perform four world premieres from Ailís Ní Ríain, Andrew Synnott, Garrett Sholdice and Stephen Gardner and featuring Michael McHale as piano soloist. 

Diatribe, present a full complement of performances in the National Concert Hall, including Diamanda La Berge Dramm, Kevin Volans, with a new major duet performed by Volans and Jill Richards, a Jazz Triple Bill, and Irene Murphy, Natalia Beylis and Óscar Mascareñas who will perform their Landscape Series. Festival-favourites Crash Ensemble will be presenting Crash Works - works-in-progress in a collaboration between New Music Dublin and Crash Ensemble offering a range of mentoring and supports for emerging composers, culminating in a commission for full ensemble by each creator to be premiered at next year’s festival. This open session will see a female-strong programme with five World Premieres from female composers. Crash will also be taking to the stage with Diamanda La Berge Dramm on the closing evening of the festival, followed by label-mate Colm O’Hara on the Diatribe Stage. 

                                     For more information click here to visit the website of New Music Dublin

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