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.
“Contemporary, sophisticated, musical gold”; The Irish World 2016
“Beautifully scored rhapsody”; The Examiner 2012
Wallace, born in Waterford city, was the son of a British army bandmaster from Ballina, Co. Mayo.
Norah Walsh is a composer, musical director and musician based in Dublin, Ireland.
Jennifer Walshe was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1974.
Working between Edinburgh, Belfast and London, Harry Whalley is an award winning composer of contemporary classical, film and electroacoustic music.
Bill Whelan has worked extensively in theatre and film. He was appointed composer to the W.B.
Ian White began his musical career as an orchestral trombone player with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Matthew Whiteside is a composer, collaborator and sound designer based in Glasgow named ‘One to Watch’ in the Herald’s Culture Awards 2017.
Multi-instrumentalist and composer Kevin Whyms began his musical studies at an early age with the Artane Boys Band in Dublin.
Gareth Williams is a Chancellor’s Fellow at Edinburgh College of Art.
Ian Wilson was born in Belfast and began composing while at university.
James Wilson was born in London and came to live in Ireland in the late 1940s.