Cancelled New Music Dublin Events to be Performed in September

Unsuk Chin

Cancelled New Music Dublin Events to be Performed in September

Works by James MacMillan, Kevin Volans and Unsuk Chin will be performed at New Music Dublin: Defrosted.

A number of events from the 2018 New Music Dublin Festival, which was cancelled in March due to heavy snow, are to be produced on 21 – 23 September in a ‘condensed’ festival called New Music Dublin 2018: Defrosted. 

Speaking about the festival, Director John Harris said ‘we are very proud to be able to save, from the snow drifts, some of the key events of the original festival.These key events include performances of works by James MacMillan, Kevin Volans and Unsuk Chin, as well as family events and the Ergodos Secret Music Trail. 

The rescheduled festival will open on Culture Night 2018 (21 September), with two free events. Composers in the Classroom is the culmination of a project with Chamber Choir Ireland and the Contemporary Music Centre which saw eight composers working with schools across the country to compose new pieces for choir. The RTÉ Contempo Quartet will perform a programme called From There to Hear, which will include a new work of the same name by DJ Dave Kerr. 

New Music Dublin 2018: Defrosted will include two family events on 22 September, All Aboard Concorde with Concorde and Garth Knox, and The Totally Made-Up Orchestra, a participatory event for musicians of all ages. Also that day the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra will present Continental Drift, a concert pairing South Korean composer Unsuk Chin’s Šu for sheng and orchestra with the world premiere of Kevin Volans’ Gol Na mBan San Ár for uilleann pipes and orchestra with soloist David Power.  A late evening concert will feature Garth Knox (viola d’amore) and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (hardanger d’amore) who will perform music from their recent album All Soundings Are True.

The final day of concerts in the festival (23 September) will begin with two Secret Music Trails with Ergodos, a musical walking tour in the city featuring musicians such as Sean MacErlaine, Judith Ring, Nick Roth and more. These will be followed by a two-hour performance of Stockhausen’s Natural Durations and Klang by pianist Simon Smith, and finally a performance of James MacMillan’s Stabat Mater by Chamber Choir Ireland and Irish Chamber Orchestra conducted by MacMillan. 

All events will take place at The National Concert Hall; the Ergodos Secret Music Trail will begin at NCH foyer. For further information and tickets, visit

21 September
5.30pm: Composers in the Classroom Culture Night Event
9.30pm: RTÉ ConTempo Quartet: From There to Here

22 September:
1pm: All Aboard Concorde
2pm: The Totally Made Up Orchestra
7.30pm: RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra: Continental Drift 
9.30pm: Garth Knox and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh

23 September: 
10am/12.30pm: The Secret Music Trail with Ergodos 
4pm: Stockhausen: Natural Durations
7.30pm: Stabat Mater 

Published on 23 July 2018

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