Past concerts

Past concerts

  • Joanna MacGregor played two concerts in Dundalk and Drogheda in Louth in June 2006. This was listed in the Dundalk Argus as the performance of the year for 2006.
  • The American composer Terry Riley performed in Louth in May 2007 with Gyan Riley,the Arte Quartett and the Crash Ensemble. This event has been listed in the Irish Times as a cultural highlight of the year for 2007. Terry Riley wrote a new work for LCMS which was performed at the festival by the Crash Ensemble: Loops for Ancient Giant Nude Hairy Warriors Racing Down the Slopes of Battle.
  • LCMS commissioned Arvo Pärt to compose a new choral composition based on St Patrick’s Breastplate. The composer entitled his new work the Deer’s Cry. Following a successful application to The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon, the world premiere took place in Louth in February 2008.
  • LCMS invited US composer and pianist Philip Glass to perform with Irish musicians in St.Patrick’s Cathedral Dundalk on 17 July 2008.
  • LCMS organised the first Temenos festival. Temenos 08 was a celebration of the music of Sir John Tavener. The three day festival featured the Ulster Orchestra with conductor Tõnu Kaljuste, Marta Sudraba, Ioana Petcu Colan and Doreen Curran, the Oriel Trio and Patricia Rozario, Polyphony, Anonymous 4 with Rothko 4. The festival included the world premiere of a Sir John Tavener commission O My People.
  • In association with Drogheda Arts Office, LCMS invited the Russian composer Alexander Knaifel to Ireland for a portrait concert as part of the Drogheda Arts Festival. The performance took place on 1 May 2009. The performance featured Oleg Malov, Joachim Roewer, Elizabeth Cooney, Elizabeth Wilson, the Callino Quartet and Patricia Rozario. The performance included the world premiere of an Alexander Knaifel commission: EF and the three visiting cards for string trio.
  • On 13 July 2009, The Kronos Quartet with special guest Wu Man performed Tan Dun’s Ghost Opera and Terry Riley’s Cusp of Magic in An Tain Theatre Dundalk. Both performances were Irish premieres and both were stunning.
  • On 24 September 2009, the Ukranian composer Valentin Silvestrov travelled to Ireland for the first time for a portrait concert with two world premiere performances.
  • The Hilliard Ensemble performed their Arkhangelos programme on 1 October 2009 in St.Patrick’s Dundalk.
  • Uri Caine performed the music of John Zorn in March 2010 in St.Peter’s Church of Ireland Drogheda
  • The Fire and the Rose: the Music of Sofia Gubaidulina was the title of a composer portrait concert of Sofia Gubaidulina held in Drogheda on 1 May 2010.The performers were the Heath Quartet, Ivan Monighetti, the Dublin Guitar Quartet and Malachy Robinson, The Oriel Trio, Dermot Dunne.
  • Louth Contemporary Music Society Celebrate Terry Riley’s 75th Birthday with Terry Riley, Talvin Singh, George Brooks in California Kirana – The West Coast Legacy of Pran Nath in An Tain Theatre Dundalk on 29 Oct 2010.
  • Sounds of the Silk Road featuring the Hilliard Ensemble, Ivan Monighetti, the EQ Ensemble and Lydia Kavina performed in a concert on 29 April 2011 in St.Peter’s Church of Ireland Drogheda
  • The Sirin Choir from Moscow performed Church Chants and Spiritual Verses in St.Nicholas’ Church ( The Green Church) Dundalk on 5 May 2011.
  • Celli Monighetti performed with special guest Franghiz Ali Zadeh in a concert entitled Metamorphoses on 22 Oct. 2011 in St.Peter’s Church of Ireland Drogheda.
  • The EQ Singers with Zoe Conway and Laoise Kelly conducted by Eamonn Dougan performed the world premiere of a new arrangement of Sean O Riada’s mass on 10 March 2012 in St.Nicholas Church of Ireland Dundalk.
  • Rabih Abou Khalil, EQ Ensemble and Elisaveta Blumina performed in a concert Arabian Waltz as part of the Drogheda Arts Festival on 4 May 2012.
  • John Zorn The Holy Visions took place in Dundalk on 4-5 October 2012. Cyro Baptista’s Banquet of the Spirits performed Zorn’s Masada song book, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart performed the world premiere of The Holy Visions and the EQ Ensemble performed the world premiere of Missa Sine Voces in St. Nicholas Church of Ireland Dundalk. John Zorn performed a solo organ recital in St. Patrick’s Cathedral Dundalk as a late night concert on Friday 5 October 2012. All of the performances were stunning. The mini-festival also included a talk with the composer and two school workshops.
  • The world premiere of Alexander Raskatov’s Monk’s Music took place in St.Nicholas Church of Ireland Dundalk on 8 February 2013. The Carducci Quartet with Gordon Jones bass performed the premiere with the composer Alexander Raskatov in attendance.
  • Trio Mediaeval performed in St.Nicholas Church of Ireland on Friday 12 April 2013.
  • Mantra Percussion from New York performed Michael Gordon’s Timber on 4 May 2013 in Drogheda.
  • EQ Ensemble September 2013. EQ Ensemble held the Irish Premiere of Georg Friedrich Haas’ in iij. noct in Dundalk. The work was performed in total darkness.
  • Ó Riada Re-imagined September 2013 Belfast EQ Singers, Zoe Conway, Gary Grant and Siobhan Armstrong conducted by Eamonn Dougan
  • Irish Premiere of Kurtág’s Kafka Fragments February 2014 Dundalk.
  • Monk’s Music performed at Drogheda Arts Festival 2015
  • First performance by the composer Alvin Lucier of his seminal I am sitting in a room in Ireland: Dundalk June 2014 at Sounds in Space.
  • Irish Premiere of John Cage’s Music Circus in Ireland June 2014
  • The Song of Songs featuring two world premieres by Betty Olivero and David Lang Drogheda 2014.
  • Marino Formenti performed his Kurtág’s Ghosts programme on 2 May 2015 in Drogheda
  • Christian Wolff made his performing debut in Ireland on 30 May 2015 in Dundalk with Rohan de Saram and Robyn Schulkowsky. Paul Griffiths interviewed Christian before the concert
  • Michael Pisaro’s asleep, forest, melody,path was performed in Dundalk Gaol on 17 October 2015 with Carol Robinson, clarinet, Séverine Ballon, cello and field recordings made by David Stalling.