New One-Day Festival of Contemporary Music Announced for Belfast

New One-Day Festival of Contemporary Music Announced for Belfast

Terrain will take place on 18 May; event will also include a discussion on the contemporary music scene in Northern Ireland.

Terrain is a new one-day festival of contemporary and improvised music, taking place at the Accidental Theatre in Belfast on Saturday 18 May. Organised by New Horizons Music with Artistic Director Ian Wilson, Moving on Music and the Contemporary Music Centre, the festival will feature artists such as saxophonist Cathal Roche, violinist Ioana Petcu-Colan and flautists Lina Andonovska and Aisling Agnew

Arranged into three parts (early afternoon, late afternoon and evening), the day’s performances will feature works by living composers from Ireland, the UK, Europe, the US, Japan and Australia, as well as newly commissioned works by the festival. 

Starting at 12pm, the first part includes a concert by Roche performing his own piece Air Stream 82S: Evelyn, followed by Petcu-Colan with works such as Michael Finnissy’s Ének, Morton Feldman’s For Aaron Copland, Linda Buckley’s Exploding Stars and Ellen Taaffe Zwillich’s Fantasy for Solo Violin. Drummer David Lyttle will then perform an improvised set. 

The second part of the day with start with a performance by flautist Aisling Agnew and cellist David McCann who will play a selection of new duo works chosen through an open call – the details of which are yet to be announced – as well as American composer Elliott Carter’s Enchanted Preludes and Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s Mirrors. Lina Andonovska will present a programme of pieces for flute and bass flute, including Liza Lim’s Bioluminescence, Rebecca Saunders’ Bite and Glacier by Japanese composer Dai Fujikura, and this will be followed by an evening round-table discussion on the contemporary music scene in Northern Ireland, chaired by CMC and involving performers from the festival. 

The last performances of the day will see McCann perform a set of cello solos, a duo performance with Petcu-Colan and Agnew, and an improvisation set with Andonovska, Roche and Lyttle to close the festival. 

Tickets for each group of performances are available for £10, while full-day tickets cost £25. For further information, visit

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Published on 23 April 2024

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