Welcome to New Music Dublin 2021

  • Live-streamed performances from the National Concert Hall and Smock Alley

  • Available here on www.newmusicdublin.ie, RTÉ Culture, RTÉ Lyric FM and NCH YouTube


Presented in partnership with the Arts Council of Ireland, the National Concert Hall and RTÉ, New Music Dublin 2021 returns, against the odds, to launch an online Festival with a mix of live-streamed concerts, pre-recorded shows, interviews with the performers and composers, workshops, the annual NMDX international delegate programme, outdoor projections and live listening parties on Twitter.


Performing at the National Concert Hall on the first night, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra will be performing an all-female programme with 3 premieres from Irene Buckley, Anne-Marie O’Farrell and Caroline Shaw.


A strong female line up courses through the Festival’s veins, as is apparent with Irish Ensemble Evlanas first performances in New Music Dublin, presented live from Smock Alley, featuring works from Linda Buckley, Gráinne Mulvey and Amanda Feery, as well as John McLachlan. Elsewhere, soprano Michelle O’Rourke and harpist Richard Allen will be premiering new works from Deirdre Gribbin and Ed Bennett in Grounded – a project inspired by the growing numbers of performers who, for ecological reasons, travel only by sea and land, and refuse to fly.


On Saturday Night the RTÉ Concert Orchestra will give the premiere of Atomic Hope by Natasa Paulberg, four movements “exploring the component parts of the atom as a metaphor of our current human experience”, with a new interpretative illustration  by visual artist James W. Keane specially commissioned by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.  


In For Private Use Kirkos will be curating a set of pieces for audience members to discover and perform by themselves - an “experimental anthology” to help audiences hear, see and even taste their environment in new ways.

Given lockdown restrictions this year we’ll be bringing the ever-popular Brian Irvine’s Totally Made Up Orchestra online, with his unsurprisingly creative and imaginative solution to create this year’s world premiere composed by musicians of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.  Brian Irvine’s Big Mistake projections from last year’s festival will also be projected across iconic Dublin landmarks for the duration of the festival.


Chamber Choir Ireland will also be performing live from the National Concert Hall on the final evening  of the festival with another stand-out performance of premieres and new works for chamber choir.


The New Music Dublin 2021 programme announcement includes performances by festival favourites Crash Ensemble to be streamed live from Smock Alley, including the premieres of Barry O’Halpin’s “Wingform”, “Metamold” by Bekah Simms and a new work by producer and DJ Ellll, as well as five new works by emerging composers as part of Crash’s composer development project Free State 13 – Robert Coleman, Lara Gallagher, Darragh Kelly, Gemma Doherty and Ultan O’Brian.


Their performances will be interspersed with “Reactions” – Crash’s pandemic-related series of short solo video commissions.


In keeping with New Music Dublin’s status as Ireland’s foremost contemporary music festival, NMD will partner with CMC who will be bringing the annual international delegate programme NMDX, online this year - ensuring maximum international exposure for Irish contemporary music. 

View the programme for each day below

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Friday 23rd April

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Saturday 24th April

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Sunday 25th April