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Guide to New Music Dublin

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New Music Dublin: iconoclastic and eclectic

An introduction to the latest iteration of Dublin’s foremost contemporary music festival, the first overseen by artistic director John Harris.
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March 01-04, 2018

A festival of adventurous music for curious ears, New Music Dublin takes place 01- 04 March in and around the National Concert Hall in the heart of Dublin’s leafy city centre. The festival programme includes concerts, world premieres, secret music trails, films, family-friendly events and late night shows - all focused on new music, from classical to electronica, alt-rock to sound art, choral to experimental and much more in-between.

Now in it’s third year, New Music Dublin 2018 has been curated by composer John Harris, who is also chief executive and artistic co-director of the Red Note Ensemble in Scotland. Speaking about the festival, Harris says: "New Music Dublin is all about escaping boundaries, whether boundaries set by musical genres, or boundaries set by bricks and mortar, or the boundaries of our own musical expectations. It's about the journey as much as it is about the destination, it's about leaving home and finding treasure along the way.”

The packed programme for 2018 features renowned Irish performers such as Crash Ensemble, the RTÉ Orchestras, Quartets & Choirs, Chamber Choir Ireland and the Irish Chamber Orchestra, international rising stars such as pianist Simon Smith, sheng player Wu Wei and conductor Ryan McAdams and works by composers as eclectic as Terry Riley, Stockhausen, Donnacha Dennehy and James MacMillan. You can take part in a totally made-up orchestra, watch the sun set at a free outdoor opening concert, test your musical mettle with a two long Stockhausen lock-in, take part in a mystery music trail around Dublin city and finish it all of with the extraordinary choral masterpiece that is James MacMillan’s Stabat Mater.

All events are within walking distance in the heart of the city centre, with Dublin’s historical St. Stephens’ Green and a range of the capital's finest restaurants on your doorstep.

The festival is a partnership initiative of the National Concert Hall, RTÉ Orchestras, Quartets and Choirs, and the Arts Council of Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon.

For further information visit the New Music Dublin site