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Hughes grew up in Belfast and completed his studies with Charles Wood at the Royal College of Music, London, in 1901.

Donal Hurley was born in Dublin and studied music at University College Dublin.

Oliver Hynes holds BA, DipMusTeach and BMus (Hons) degrees from University College Dublin and an MSc (Hons) in educational management from Trinity College Dublin.

Marian Ingoldsby was born in Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary.

Brian Irvine was born in Belfast.

Musician, composer, producer of electronic music, jazz, contemporary music, who has written for many groups from small ensembles to big bands.

Matthew Jacobson is an Irish drummer, composer, bandleader, educator and producer.

Fergus Johnston was born in Dublin and is a music graduate of Trinity College Dublin.

Derek Anthony Kelly is originally from Dublin.

Mary Kelly was born in Dublin in 1957. She gained a BMus from UCD in 1978.

T. C. Kelly was born in Wexford. He was awarded a BMus degree by University College Dublin and was director of music at Clongowes Wood College, Co. Kildare, for much of his career.


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.