Monumental – Credo + Goliath @ New Music Dublin 2018

Monumental – Credo + Goliath @ New Music Dublin 2018

Thursday, 1 March 2018, 7.30pm

The RTÉ Concert Orchestra perform Ireland’s very own Deirdre Gribbin’s massive work for percussion and orchestra, Goliath, with soloist Toby Kearney and conducted by Ryan McAdams. They are then joined by the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir for James MacMillan’s Credo, conducted by the composer himself. A night of extraordinary, monumental music from two iconoclastic composers.

Each ticket comes with an invitation to have a free drink at the post-show festival reception in the NCH.

“I felt like I was watching a prayer, rather than a mere concert performance” - Wilf Jones, Bachtrack, on Credo

“one of the most original thinkers in years” - The Times, on Deirdre Gribbin

New Music Dublin 2018’s first full concert in the Main Auditorium presents two colossal orchestral compositions. Both MacMillan’s Credo and Gribbin’s Goliath are homages to place, identity and community, told from the perspective of two conjoined but separated belief systems and two sets of personal experiences.

The power of MacMillan’s Credo stems from his Scottish heritage, Catholic faith and social conscience, while the majesty of Gribbin’s Goliath references the huge cranes of the Belfast shipyard that dominate the skyline of her home town, with the massive presence of the Lambeg drums clearly placing its geographic and political references.



Composer James MacMillan, Credo

Composer Deirdre Gribbin, Goliath

Percussion Toby Kearney

Conductor James MacMilllan, Credo

Conductor Ryan McAdams, Goliath


Published on 31 January 2018

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