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Crash Looking Forward and Back
Brendan Finan
Crash Ensemble celebrated 25 years with two concerts at the NCH on 3–4 December. Brendan Finan reviews the Saturday performance, which featured a new work by Diamanda La Berge Dramm and Neva Elliott, and Donnacha Dennehy's 'Grá agus Bás'...
The Things That Keep People Connected
James Camien McGuiggan
The 2022 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival took place on 18–27 November and included a focus on Ireland and Australia as well as performances by Pat Thomas, Explore Ensemble and more. James Camien McGuiggan reviews the final weekend. ...
The Collector as Coloniser?
Mary Louise O’Donnell
The University of Chicago Press has recently published a book on the influential Irish music collector Francis O'Neill, 'The Beat Cop – Chicago’s Chief O’Neill and the Creation of Irish Music' by Michael O’Malley. Mary Louise O'Donnell reviews. ...

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Artistic Director
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23 December Dublin International Piano Competition
Added by Journal of Music
Songs for a Winter's Night
Concert
15 December St Ann's Church Dawson Street
Jim Causley’s New Year Wassail
Concert
7 January Live to your Living Room (Online)
Karine Polwart
Concert
21 December Live to your Living Room (Online)
Jackie Oates & John Spiers + Cooper & Toller
Concert
16 December Live to your Living Room (Online)

News

'A centre for music and performance to match any in the world': Government Announces Major Redevelopment of the National Concert Hall
Main auditorium to be increased by 40%; new rehearsal hall for National Symphony Orchestra, 500-seat recital hall, learning and participation facility, musicians' rehearsal...
Latest Appointments and Awards in Music (December 2022)
A round-up of recent appointments and awards with news from the National Concert Hall, Irish Association of Youth Orchestras, Royal Irish Academy of Music, Arts Council of...
Concerts & Festivals (5–11 December 2022)
This week's concerts, festivals and job and funding deadlines from Monday to Sunday.

Reviews

The Things That Keep People Connected
The 2022 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival took place on 18–27 November and included a focus on Ireland and Australia as well as performances by Pat Thomas, Explore Ensemble and more. James Camien McGuiggan reviews the final weekend.
Crash Looking Forward and Back
Crash Ensemble celebrated 25 years with two concerts at the NCH on 3–4 December. Brendan Finan reviews the Saturday performance, which featured a new work by Diamanda La Berge Dramm and Neva Elliott, and Donnacha Dennehy's 'Grá agus Bás'.
Tracing a Life's Path
Accordion player and composer Johnny Óg Connolly has just completed a national tour with his new work 'An Cosán Draíochta'. Brendan Finan reviews the performance at Solstice Arts Centre on 11 November.

Articles

The Collector as Coloniser?
Mary Louise O’Donnell
The University of Chicago Press has recently published a book on the influential Irish music collector Francis O'Neill, 'The Beat Cop – Chicago’s Chief O’Neill and the Creation of Irish Music' by Michael O’Malley. Mary Louise O'Donnell reviews.
What Ever Happened to Britten in Ireland?
Benjamin Britten is one of the most unique composers of the twentieth century, but in Ireland the programming of his work has been inconsistent, writes Thomas Neill.
10 Impossible Ideas for Irish Traditional Music
A lot has been achieved in Irish traditional music over the past several decades, but what happens next? What are the challenges for this music, and how can the traditional music community work together to create an even better future? Below is the edited text of a talk given by Toner Quinn, Editor...
Between What Was and What Might Be
Singer and songwriter Paul Brady has recently published a memoir of his life in music, 'Crazy Dreams', which explores growing up in Strabane, the folk scene of the 60s and 70s, his seminal albums and songs, and recent projects. Adrian Scahill reviews...

From the Archive

Layers of Knowledge
Ruth Smith
In her second review as part of our Journal of Music/Clare County Council Music Writer Mentoring Scheme, Ruth Smith listens to An Tara's 'genre-curious' album...
Feb 15, 2018
Simon Mawhinney
Michael Quinn
Jun 1, 2009
RTÉ Orchestra Report Illustrates Scale of Problems
External review recommends that National Symphony Orchestra be established as cultural institution separate from RTÉ.
Apr 24, 2018

Latest Events

Songs for a Winter's Night
Concert
15 December St Ann's Church Dawson Street
Jim Causley’s New Year Wassail
Concert
7 January Live to your Living Room (Online)
Karine Polwart
Concert
21 December Live to your Living Room (Online)
Jackie Oates & John Spiers + Cooper & Toller
Concert
16 December Live to your Living Room (Online)
The Furrow Collective
Concert
10 December Live to your Living Room (Online)

Latest Jobs and Opportunities

Artistic Director
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23 December Dublin International Piano Competition
Added by Journal of Music
Music Staff, The Royal Opera
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8 December Royal Opera House
Personal Assistant and Office Manager
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15 December The Hallé
Music Library & Resources Assistant
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6 January Glyndebourne
Beyond the Pale 2023 Arts & Experience Open Call
Call for Submissions
31 January Beyond the Pale

Upcoming Events

Handel's Messiah
Concert
9 December St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork
Added by Psalm78
Inni-K Gather Round at The Space Between
Concert
9 December The Space Between, Dublin 2
Added by Inni-K
​Beauty and the Beast Jr
Musical Theatre
9 December Siamsa Tíre, Tralee
Added by Michelle Murphy
Victoria Keating & Declan Sinnott
Concert
9 December The Hot Spot Music Club, Greystones
Added by hotspot
Victoria Keating & Declan Sinnott
Concert
9 December The Hot Spot Greystones
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Upcoming Deadlines

Composer Lab 2023
Call for Submissions
9 December Contemporary Music Centre / National Symphony Orchestra / RTÉ lyric fm
Added by CMC Ireland
Volunteer Co-ordinator
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9 December Fighting Words NI
Entries invited for the 2023 Seán Ó Riada Composition Competition
Call for Scores
9 December Cork Choral International Festival
Added by Roisin Kivlehan
Creative Programmes Co-ordinator
Job
11 December English National Ballet
Lead Administrator – Guildhall Young Artists Taunton
Job
12 December Guildhall School of Music & Drama
Orchestras and Ensembles Assistant Manager
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12 December Royal Northern College of Music
Arts Officer
Job
12 December Galway City Council
Added by Journal of Music
Tours Manager
Job
12 December Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Associate Principal Trumpet
Job
12 December Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Funding

Exploring and Thinking Award 2023 12 December Dublin City Council Arts Office
Creative Industries Seed Programme III 15 December Arts Council of Northern Ireland
SIAP Travel Awards 31 December Arts Council of Northern Ireland
MOBO Help Musicians Fund 31 December Help Musicians UK
Music-led Creative Collaboration Fund 31 December Help Musicians UK