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.
Born in Dublin in 1950, Brian Beckett began composing at the age of eight. He studied composition with A. J.
Walter Beckett was born in Dublin. He studied organ and harmony under George Hewson and John F. Larchet at the the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He received his Mus.B in 1936 and his Mus.D.
Derek Bell was born in Belfast and studied composition, piano and oboe at the Royal College of Music in London, where his teachers included Herbert Howells, Norman Greenwood and Lamar Crowson.
Benedict studied with Johann Nepomuk Hummel and Carl Maria von Weber (1821-4), and was active as a conductor at Naples before he settled in London in 1835.
Co. Down-born Ed Bennett’s body of work includes large-scale orchestral works, ensemble pieces, solo works, electronic music, opera, installations and works for dance and film.
Michael Bowles was born in Riverstown, Co. Sligo. He joined the Army School of Music in 1932 and obtained a Mus.B from University College Dublin in 1936.
Brian Boydell was born in Dublin and educated at Cambridge University, the University of Heidelberg, the Royal College of Music and the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
Dr. Hugh Martin Boyle is a composer from County Donegal, now living in County Armagh.
Ina Boyle lived her life at Bushey Park in Enniskerry, Co Wicklow. Aged eleven, she attended her first harmony lesson with an S.S.
David Bremner is the composer of a diverse range of innovative works which have been performed frequently in Ireland and abroad. Originally from West Cumbria, UK, he moved to Ireland in 1999.
Pianist and composer John Wolf Brennan was born in Dublin. He studied music at the University of Fribourg, and piano, conducting and organ at the Musikhochschule Lucerne in Switzerland.
Patrick Brennan was born in Derry, Northern Ireland.