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John Godfrey has been a composer, a performer, and a promoter of contemporary art music for more than 25 years.

“A charismatic voice in new music”.
Paul Conway, The Guardian

Joseph Groocock was born in Croydon, England, in 1913 and came to live in Ireland in 1937.

Ronan Guilfoyle is one of Ireland’s best known jazz musicians.

Born in 1935, Douglas Gunn was a boy chorister at St Patrick’s Cathedral and the Chapel of Trinity College, Dublin under Dr George Hewson, and later a lay Vicar Choral at St Patrick’s and Christ Ch

Barry Guy is an innovative double bass player and composer whose creative diversity in the fields of Jazz improvisation, solo recitals, chamber and orchestral performance is the outcome both of an

Kerry Hagan is a composer and researcher working in both acoustic and computer media.

Andrew Hamilton was born in Dublin in 1977. He studied in Ireland, England and the Netherlands, and his composition teachers included Kevin Volans, Anthony Gilbert and Louis Andriessen.

Philip Hammond graduated from Queen's University, Belfast, in 1974 with the degrees of BMus and MA. In 2003, he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Music by Queen's.

Ben Hanlon is a De la Salle Brother. He has taught at De La Salle College, Waterford since 1979.

Janet Harbison studied composition for a number of years with James Wilson, Eric Sweeney and Dr Joseph Groocock.

Hardebeck was born of a German father and a Welsh mother and came to live in Ireland in 1893. He was an organist and teacher in Belfast and won several composition prizes at the Dublin Feis Ceoil.


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.