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.
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.
Damien Harron is a co-founder of BackBeat Percussion Quartet with which he has received numerous awards including the Royal Overseas League Ensemble Prize (UK), the Concert Artists Guild Prize (USA
As a composer Adrian Hart is primarily interested in the exploration of acoustic sound through electronic manipulation.
Sir Herbert Hamilton Harty hailed from the north of Ireland and in 1895 moved to Bray, Co. Wicklow, where he was influenced by Michele Esposito.
Paul Hayes was born in Dublin and studied composition at the Royal Irish Academy of Music with James Wilson and at University College Dublin with Seóirse Bodley.
Francis Heery is a composer and sound artist from Co. Galway. He holds a Ph.D in Composition (University College Cork) and an M.Phil. in Music and Media Technologies (Trinity College Dublin).
Piers Hellawell’s work has been commissioned and performed around the world, featuring special collaborations with a number of leading artists.
George Higgs is an American composer living in Ireland. He has worked as a composer, playwright, director, producer, musician, teacher, actor and inventor.
Ann Hoban was born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo. She received a BA in music from St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, before continuing her studies at the University of Huddersfield.