This section introduces the music of Irish composers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It is intended as a good starting point for anyone not familiar with Irish contemporary music.
Each composer's page provides a photo, a biography, most recent works added to CMC's collection and other information. You can also purchase CDs and scores by each composer, access features about the composers, or view any upcoming events which include their music.
An Irish composer is defined as anyone who was born or is permanently resident in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland.
For any Irish composers interested in registering with CMC, please see our guidelines on how to apply.
Daniel McDermott is an Irish composer, D.J, guitarist, pianist and producer. His music fuses elements of jazz, classical, world, minimal techno and electronica.
Anselm McDonnell is a composer of Irish & Welsh heritage, currently based in Belfast. He has composed over fifty works for orchestra, chamber groups, choirs, soloists and electronics.
Ben McHugh is an Irish composer currently based in Stockholm, Sweden.
Co. Down-born Deirdre McKay studied music at Queen’s University, Belfast, and at the University of Manchester, supported by a British Academy Award.
John McLachlan was born in Dublin and studied music at the DIT Conservatory of Music, the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Trinity College Dublin, where he majored in composition and gained a PhD i
Scott Mc Laughlin is a composer and improviser based in Huddersfield, UK, born in Ireland (Co. Clare). He lectures in composition and music technology at the University of Leeds.
Daniel McNulty (Dal to his family and friends) was born in Dublin in 1920. Following an accident at the age of four he lost his sight.
Born in Manchester, Adam Melvin studied music at the Queens University of Belfast where he specialised in composition, under Piers Hellawell and performance (saxophone).
Finola Merivale is an Irish composer currently living in Philadelphia.
Alan Mills was born in Belfast.