Brian Irvine and Jennifer Walshe receive a British Composer Award nomination

We are delighted to announce Brian Irvine and Jennifer Walshe have been nominated for a British Composer Award for 13 Vices.

We are delighted to announce Brian Irvine and Jennifer Walshe have been nominated for a British Composer Award for 13 Vices.

The original new work for ensemble, improvisers, voice and conductor toured across Ireland and to London in April 2015 with a performance in Aberdeen later that year. It was subsequently selected by the PRSF New Music Biennial with featured performances in 2017 Hull City of Culture and London’s South Bank Centre in July 2017.

Inspired in part by a sculpture Brian Irvine came across in 2006 while in Moscow (Mihail Chemiakin’s – Children are the victims of adult vices), 13 Vices explores the weird, funny, dark and exotic world of contemporary vices. Past performances have included everything from emoji’s, selfies, One Direction, trash TV, and drunks on a bus. 13 Vices is visceral and abstract, ear-splitting, serene and melodic in turn.

This unique work is performed by a specially formed ensemble that combines three of Europe’s most explosive free improvisers – Paul Dunmall (saxophone), Paul Rogers (double bass) and Mark Sanders (percussion) together with the strings of the acclaimed Scottish based contemporary music group – Red Note Ensemble.

Thirteen Vices melts the boundaries between disciplines and dominates the space that lies somewhere between theatre, contemporary classical, free improvisation, opera, conduction, poetry, thrash and trash!

Moving On Music’s Brian Carson said “we are delighted Brian and Jennifer have received a British Composer Award nomination. It’s great to see a new work that has a life beyond its commission, especially for a weird and wonderful contemporary music project such as 13 Vices.”

The awards will take place Tuesday 6th December, with full information online. Best of luck to Brian and Jennifer.

“Artists like Irvine and Walshe almost never get invited to perform the national anthem before big sports events but life would be far more entertaining if they were allowed a little carte blanche. Energetic and energizing, the musically adventurous, tempestuous fiesta that was 13 Vices proved that entertainment and intellectual stimulation are not incompatible. Sometimes they go hand in hand in wholly unexpected guises”Ian Patterson ‘All About Jazz’


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We’re trialling a new ticket merchant site at the moment (Eventbrite)

Hopefully you’ll find it easier to use, mobile friendly, and less “buggy”.

It also lets us absorb the dirty, rotten booking fee, so you only pay the ticket price shown!

The concerts on sale at the moment are Chamber Choir Ireland ‘Arvo Pärt At 80’, the JamJar Finale Concert, and a weekend ticked for the TEMPERED Contemporary Music Weekend (5 concerts for £25)

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Artist in Residence – Gerard Gormley

The MAC and Moving On Music are delighted to announce that sonic artist Gerard Gormley will be the next recipient of the MAC Artist in Residence, the residency is hosted in partnership with Moving on Music.

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‘The Rhythm of Youth’ – music exchange programme

As part of its commitment to international learning under The LID (Leadership through Intercultural Dialogue) Programme, Inside Out is seeking to recruit three young musicians/singers between the ages of 18 and 26 to participate in ‘The Rhythm of Youth’, a music exchange programme involving young people from Slovenia, Croatia, Romania, Italy, UK and Greece.

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The Thin Air – video interview with Brian Carson

Currently based in the MAC, Belfast, Moving on Music have spent the last twenty years boldly showcasing some of the most exciting and curious jazz, blues, traditional, world and electronic artists. Celebrating that twentieth anniversary this year, the promoters – founded by Brian Carson – will also present the latest installment of their annual Belfast-based jazz festival, Brilliant Corners from March 25-28.

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13 Vices interview

Great interview with Brian Irvine ahead of next week’s 13 Vices tour….

“The artistic pairing of Belfast composer Brian Irvine and Dublin composer/singer Jennifer Walshe on 13 Vices is a mouth-watering prospect. International critical acclaim has greeted pretty much everything that either of them has turned their hands to, in equally diverse, eclectic fields.”

Read here

BDK – Sound Carvings, Strange Tryst

At 7.45pm on Saturday 29th March, Bourne/Davis/Kane will take to the MAC stage for their Brilliant Corners performance.

Considered to be one of the most exciting and sought after jazz trios in the UK and Ireland, their appearance at the festival is worthy enough as it is. However over the past year Matthew Bourne (piano) Dave Kane (bass) and Steve Davis (drums) have been working with composer Piers Hellawell on a commission as part of PRS for Music Foundation’s New Music Biennial, which is to be premiered in Belfast that very night.

The work, named ‘Sound Carvings, Strange Tryst’ has seen composer and trio collide in a shared space to create a unique piece, leaving behind established writing methods and learning from one another, undermining assumptions about both improvising and the notation of music; composer working with improvisers.

The journey from commission award to performance night has been brilliantly recorded by Piers in a blog and gives a warts and all insight into the creative process behind the commission.

More info on the performance can be here

Workshop Opportunities, with Hard Rain Ensemble and pianist Therese Fahy

As part of the 2015 Night Music series, Moving on Music, Belfast Music Society and Contemporary Music Centre Ireland present two workshop opportunities, with players from the Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble, and pianist Thérèse Fahy.

These workshops are open to composers born or living on the island of Ireland, who have reached Masters or Phd  level in composition or equivalent professional experience.

The Contemporary Music Centre is taking “expressions of interest” for these workshop, with full details here.

It is acceptable to apply for a place in both workshops. Closing date Fri 16th January.

For more information, email