The Next 20 Years of New Music in Ireland: What Do We Need to Do?

The Next 20 Years of New Music in Ireland: What Do We Need to Do?

The Journal of Music is celebrating 20 years in 2020 with a discussion event at New Music Dublin on 29 February. All are welcome.

To celebrate twenty years, the Journal of Music will host a panel discussion at the New Music Dublin festival on 29 February at the National Concert Hall.

Featuring contributions from composer and harper Úna Monaghan, music critic Adrian Smith, flautist Lina Andonovska, and composer and guitarist Benjamin Dwyer, the panel, chaired by editor Toner Quinn, will tackle the topic ‘The Next 20 Years of New Music in Ireland: What Do We Need to Do?’

‘Contemporary music has been at the heart of the Journal of Music since it began in 2000,’ says Quinn, ‘but what did we think the future would be like back then? And how are we faring today! I’ll be drawing on some quotes from the early days of the magazine and asking our expert panel for comment and to imagine the future too. We would love to see our readers there so they can join in the discussion. The event is free admission and open to all.’

The Journal of Music 20th birthday event will take place at 5.15pm– 6.15pm in the Iveagh Room at the National Concert Hall. 

The full programme for New Music Dublin has recently been announced and includes a Diatribe record label stage (featuring Darragh Morgan and John Tilbury, Lina Andonovska,  Benjamin Dwyer, ReDiviDeR and Xenia Pestova Bennett), a song cycle by Daníel Bjarnason, Gerald Barry’s Viola Concerto, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Úna Monaghan’s work for traditional musicians and computer, accordionist Andreas Borregaard, the world premiere of Fergus Johnston’s work remembering the Tuam babies, the Ligeti Quartet and more. For full details, visit


Published on 28 January 2020

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