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Presented in partnership with the Arts Council of Ireland, the National Concert Hall and RTÉ, New Music Dublin 2019 returns to full strength next year and will feature Irish premieres of major works by Kaija Saariaho’s Graal théâtre (with Ensemble Intercontemporain’s Hae Sun Kang on violin) and Louis Andriessen’s Vermeer Pictures both performed by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Musikfabrik will perform their extraordinary Frank Zappa programme alongside Michael Wertmüller’s wild “antagonisme contrôlé” with the legendary saxophonist Peter Brötzmann, and members of Ensemble Intercontemporain will bring their immense precision to a late-night programme of chamber music with live electronics. Central to the New Music Dublin 2019 programme will be more than 15 new works by Irish composers including the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra’s performance of David Fennessy’s Conquest of the Useless which was deferred from the cancelled 2018 festival, Jennifer Walshe’s The Site of the Investigation, along with new works by Elaine Agnew for the combined young voices of RTÉ Cór na nÓg and RTÉ Cór Linn with the RTÉ Contempo Quartet. Crash Ensemble’s Free State programme will premiere six new commissions selected by Grainne Mulvey and other new works will be premiered within the festival. Returning to the festival will […]

The Gloaming have performed an unprecedented 24 sold out concerts at NCH since their inception, celebrated a #1 Album, won a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award, won a Meteor Choice Music Prize Album of the Year, and topped multiple ‘performance of the year’ polls.

Acclaimed American vocalist Lizz Wright is a truly extraordinary singer, with a musical palette that encompasses gospel, folk, jazz, pop, blues and spirituals. The daughter of a minister and music director in rural Georgia, and now living in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Wright grew up playing piano and singing in her father’s church. Her music is imbued with the lively passion of Southern sacred tradition and connects the texture of church music with the groove of jazz, endowing both with new depth and radiance. Her extraordinary voice ‘simmer[s] with midnight heat and the cadences of gospel music’, according to the Guardian. After six critically-acclaimed albums, she has cemented her place as one of the most captivating vocalists of this century. Wright hits a new high with her latest album Grace, an acclaimed and compelling combination of Appalachian earthiness and big-city cool, created with the Grammy Award winning producer Joe Henry. On it, Wright transforms ‘Stars Fell on Alabama’ into a folk dream, while a church choir forms the backdrop for her tender rendition of ‘Seems Like I’m Never Tired Lovin’ You’. She will be performing music from the album – as well as gems from across her […]