Contemporary Irish Music

Music Network actively supports and promotes the work of contemporary Irish composers by commissioning new work and including works by Irish composers in tour programmes.

Music Network Commissions

Music Network actively commissions new works by Irish composers especially for the National Touring Programme. Watch performances of these commissions and read the programme notes from each composer here.

Irish composers in Tour Programmes

In addition to commissioning new work, Music Network includes existing works by Irish composers in tour programmes. Recently programmed composers have included James Wilson and Kevin Volans, view the full list since 2002 here.

30 Years of Making Live Music Happen

To mark Music Network's 30th anniversary in 2016, two special works were commissioned for the Autumn season, bringing diverse and vibrant performances to audiences across Ireland.

In September 2016, Edges of Light, a new cross art form work developed in a new collaboration between dancer Colin Dunne, fiddler Tola Custy, harpist Maeve Gilchrist and uilleann piper David Power toured to 11 venues nationwide.


On Sunday 20th November, a large-scale harp ensemble performed Avoca: a Celtic Journey by the celebrated Irish composer Philip Martin at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. The former principal conductor of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra David Brophy led a large scale harp ensemble of some 40–60 professional and non-professional players. 

“For centuries the harp has been closely linked with Irish identity and nationality, so given the year that’s in it, it seems only fitting that we celebrate our own anniversary with a large-scale harping event.”

- Sharon Rollston, Music Network CEO

Upcoming Performances of Contemporary Irish Music

Amanda Feery and Sebastian Adams have been commissioned by Music Network to write new pieces for the Autumn 2018 season which features all the ingredients for another fantastic feast of music.

The multi-award winning Amatis Piano Trio, will premiere Amanda Feery’s composition in Castlebar in October, and during the tour will perform the work at eight concerts around the country.

Two highly gifted young soloists Yury Revich and Benedict Kloeckner will share a stage for the first time in Ireland. Sebastian Adams' work will receive its premiere performance in Dublin city in November, and be presented to audiences nationwide at six recitals.