The Studio, National Concert Hall

Free State #10

Be the first to hear what’s happening in new music in Ireland.

Crash Ensemble and The National Concert Hall present Free State 10, the most vibrant music from Ireland’s up and coming composing talent, performed by the county’s leading new music group.

FREE STATE #10 is a very fine selection of works by up and coming composers chosen by the players of the ensemble from an anonymous open call. It's brilliant for us to hear the work of composers at the very start of their careers and fascinating to see how new music from Ireland is evolving and developing. Kate Ellis, Crash Artistic Director

2017’s concert was selected from anonymous open submission from Irish by the members of Crash Ensemble.

See where new music is at, check out Free State 10.


Donal Sarsfield: The Snare Piece

Robert Coleman: In Fervorous Frenzy

Daniel McDermott: A Mathematician’s Apology

Timothy Doyle: Veneer

Eric Skytterholm Egan: Fragments | of Shapes | Hewn | in White | Silence

Finola Merivale: Emma Are Eye


Crash Ensemble: Susan Doyle (Flute), Deirdre O’Leary (Clarinet), Colm O'Hara (Trombone), Isabelle O’Connell (Piano), John Godfrey (Electric Guitar), Alex Petcu (Percussion), Mairead Hickey (Violin), Lisa Dowdall (Viola), Kate Ellis (Cello), Malachy Robinson (Double Bass), Camin Gilmore (Double Bass)

Conductor:  David Brophy


Tickets: €15/€10. Early bird €10/€8

Booking: / 01 417 0000

Composing the Island: Here and Now: Crash Ensemble New Music Marathon

Crash Ensemble 

Roger Doyle 

Raymond Deane 

Andrew Hamilton 

Over three weeks in September (7th – 25th), Composing the Island will present 29 concerts of orchestral, choral, instrumental, song and chamber music by Irish composers written between 1916 and 2016. 

How this music developed, and the times and circumstances in which it was written will unfold over 3 weeks of concerts which will include 6 major orchestral concerts performed by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, concerts of choral, chamber, song, mixed ensembles and instrumental music recitals, by Ireland’s leading performers will including Crash EnsembleChamber Choir IrelandConcordeVanbrugh QuartetFidelio Trio, Hugh Tinney, and Robin Tritschler.

Crash Ensemble's second concert for the series presents music from the here and now including performances by composers  Roger Doyle, Raymond Deane and Andrew Hamilton.                          


Deirdre Gribbin  Invitation to a journey (extract)  (2014)    

Judith Ring  Swelt belly at dawn  (2013)                                                      

Barry O'Halpin  Lipids  (2014)                                         

Roger Doyle  Performance by composer

Linda Buckley  Fiol  (2008)                                                                                                      

Deirdre McKay  Ice Etchings  (2002)                                                                   

Raymond Deane  Performance by composer

Donnacha Dennehy  Bulb  (2006)                                                                              

Andrew Hamilton  Performance by composer

Garrett Sholdice  Tanka for Aki Takahashi (prelude #5)  (2012)

Ed Bennett  Magnetic  (2010)                                                          

Jonathan Nangle  Pause  (2014)                                                                            

Kevin Volans  White Man Sleeps  (1997)           


Sponsored by Bord na Móna and presented by RTÉ and the National Concert Hall as part of RTÉ 1916 and Ireland 2016.