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BrassFest at New Music Dublin

Date: Saturday 30th April 2022

Time: 11.30am

Venue: Dublin Castle Main Courtyard

Tickets €FREE

Read Programme Notes Here

Clonakilty Brass Band (Conductor Ger Condon)
City of Waterford Brass (
Conductor Julie Quinlan)
Roughan Silver Band (
Conductor Stephen Crooks)
1st Old Boys Brass Band (
Conductor Stephen Cairns)
Drogheda Brass Band (
Conductor John Carpenter)
Boherbuoy Brass Ensemble (
Conductor Andrew Jordon)

​​William Chester Turas Laoich  [World Premiere]
Conor Cuffe
Mr. Mulligan [World Premiere]
Sigrid Anita Haugen
Suckin’ Diesel  [World Premiere]
Jack Mahony
Turn Back [World Premiere]
Anselm McDonnell
Rasp [World Premiere]
Aran O'Grady
The Golden Stone [World Premiere]

Last year, during lockdown, six emerging composers were tasked with writing short sketches for brass quintet during the online version of NMD in 2021, all of which were premiered by the RIAM Faculty Brass Quintet. On the back of this, all six composers were paired with a brass band each (from somewhere on the island of Ireland!) and asked to work with them to extend and complete these sketches, ready for performance at NMD 2022. Today is performance day - and all the bands are coming to Dublin!

​Here we have six wonderful world premieres, created with the six brass bands, followed by a performance of a new work for massed brass ensemble led by The Wallace Collection brass quintet from Scotland. 

The Wallace Collection will be leading the massed ensemble and have been working remotely with the bands online during the last year. Andrew Duncan mentored the 6 composers for their pieces.


Presented in partnership with the Royal Irish Academy of Music


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