2014: Music for Thought

Innovative music/text company Béal return with a series of special events organised around the idea of notated classical music as conceptual art. Each concert re-examines the possibilities of what can happen when a composer and performer work outside of existing stereotypes. The series includes the Irish premiere of a major work by Tom Johnson, and new works by Christopher Fox and David Bremner. The series is bookended with readings by long-time Béal collaborator, experimental poet Maurice Scully.

THE DUKES OF BANJAX – 9th May, 8.30pm
Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall
New music for banjo and electronics / soprano by David Bremner
featuring Joe O’Farrell (banjo), Elizabeth Hilliard (soprano), Maurice Scully (poet)

ORGAN AND SILENCE – 23rd May, 7:30pm
Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin
The Irish premiere of a large-scale work by Tom Johnson,
performed by David Bremner

SEA TO THE WEST – 6th June, 8.30pm
Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall
Music for soprano and electronics: the world premiere of Sea to the West by Christopher Fox andThe Seafarer by Gráinne Mulvey, also Fox: Catalogue Irraisonée (exc.), Georges Aperghis: Récitations (exc.)
performed by Elizabeth Hilliard (soprano), Maurice Scully (poet)