The innovative and imaginative contemporary music series, NewSoundWorlds, curated by the composer Siobhán Cleary travels to Paris to take part in the tenth anniversary celebrations at the Centre Culturel Irlandais.  The festival is held in collaboration with the Contemporary Music Centre Ireland and made possible through funding from Culture Ireland.

The festival includes performances given by the Vanbrugh Quartet and pianist Hugh Tinney (25 October), violinist Catherine Leonard and Hugh Tinney (26 October), and the NewSoundWorlds Ensemble (27 October).

Featured composers include Elaine Agnew, Gerald Barry, Enda Bates, Siobhán Cleary, Raymond Deane, Donnacha Dennehy, Benjamin Dwyer, David Fennessy, Dave Flynn, Andrew Hamilton, Gráinne Mulvey, Garrett Sholdice, Jennifer Walshe and Ian Wilson.

The Contemporary Music Centre is very excited about the works of so many Irish composers being performed over three days in Paris.  It’s a special experience for any Irish composer to feature in the anniversary programme at the Centre Culturel Irlandais and at the Irish Embassy.  We’re grateful to both hosts for creating this showcase of Irish works and we have no doubt that the innovative programming we have all come to enjoy with Siobhan’s NewSoundWorlds series will be well received by Parisian new music enthusiasts.” Evonne Ferguson, Director, Contemporary Music Centre Ireland

NewSoundWorlds Festival in Paris

Date:  25 – 27 October 2012

Booking: €7 per concert/ €10 for both concerts on 25 and 27 October (admission free for students/unemployed), reservation recommended


Thursday 25 October, 7.30pm

Vanbrugh Quartet with Hugh Tinney, piano

Raymond Deane Embers

Frederick May String Quartet

Dave Flynn String Quartet No. 2 ‘The Cranning’

Siobhán Cleary Scenes from a Dongba Script

Aloys Fleishmann Quintet

Donnacha Dennehy Pluck, Stroke and Hammer

Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris


Friday 26 October (Invitation only)

Catherine Leonard, violin; Hugh Tinney, piano

Ravel Ondine

Ian Wilson From the Book of Longing

Raymond Deane Parthenia Violata

Siobhán Cleary The Whitening

Ravel Sonata in G major

Embassy of Ireland, Paris (Invitation only)


Saturday 27 October, 7.30pm

NewSoundWorlds Ensemble

(William Dowdall, flute; Paul Roe, clarinet; Nick Roth, saxophone; Izumi Kimura, piano; Joanne Quigley, violin; Cora Venus Lunny, viola; Kate Ellis, cello; Enda Bates, sound engineer)

Enda Bates Duo & Tape (violin, cello & electronics)

Gráinne Mulvey Shifting Colours (flute and tape)

Garrett Sholdice After Thomas Tallis (piano)

Gerald Barry In the asylum (piano trio)


Andrew Hamilton music for losers (cello)

Benjamin Dwyer Tiento (soprano saxophone & piano)

Elaine Agnew hmmm

David Fennessy The room is the resonator (cello & electronics)

Siobhán Cleary Psychopomp (ensemble)

Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris


Further information and booking:

Centre Culturel Irlandais

5, rue des Irlandais

75005 – Paris

Tel +33 (0)1 58 52 10 30

Fax: +33 (0)1 58 52 10 99


The CCI is located beside the Panthéon in the 5th quarter.

RER B: Luxembourg station

(jardin du Luxembourg exit)

Metro: Line 10 – Cardinal Lemoine

Metro: Line 7 – Place Monge

Bus: 84, 21, 27 (nearby)

Public Parking: 22, rue Soufflot


Information on the composers involved can be found on the Contemporary Music Website:

Siobhán Cleary:

Vanbrugh Quartet:

Leonard & Tinney Duo:

Kate Ellis:


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