TERRAIN: A One-Day Festival of New Music

18 May 2024 12:00

Accidental Theatre

New Horizons Music presents the inaugural TERRAIN festival on Saturday 18 May at the Accidental Theatre, Belfast.

TERRAIN is a new, one-day festival embracing modern classical and improvised music in the broadest possible sense. Featuring some of Belfast's best local performers, Ioana Petcu-Colan (violin), Aisling Agnew (flute), David McCann (cello) and David Lyttle (drums), as well as exciting guests Lina Andonovska (flutes) and Cathal Roche (saxophones), the programme has been designed by NHM's Ian Wilson to give a flavour of what’s happening in new music right now, with terrific work by living composers from Ireland, the UK, Europe, the USA, Japan and Australia.

The festival also features fabulous improvisers playing solo and together for the first time. Structured in groups of short performances, the day is packed yet easy to take in; with something for everyone!

Presented by New Horizons Music in association with Moving on Music and the Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland. Funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.


Group 1: 12.00-2.00pm

Cathal Roche (soprano saxophone) performs his “Air Stream 82S: Evelyn”

Ioana Petcu-Colan (violin) presents classics of the contemporary solo repertoire including Michael Finnissy’s “Ének” , Morton Feldman’s “For Aaron Copland”, Linda Buckley’s “Exploding Stars” and Ellen Taaffe Zwillich’s “Fantasy for Solo Violin”.

David Lyttle (drums) - Improvised Set

Group 2: 3.00-4.15pm

Aisling Agnew (flute) & David McCann (cello) present new duo works for flute(s) and cello chosen from the TERRAIN Festival Call for Scores, as well as Elliott Carter’s “Enchanted Preludes” and Kaija Saariaho’s “Mirrors”.

Lina Andonovska presents a programme of exciting pieces for flute & bass flute including Liza Lim’s “Bioluminescence”, Rebecca Saunders’ “Bite” and Dai Fujikura’s “Glacier”.

Group 3: 5.00-6.00pm

amplify live @TERRAIN - hosted by the Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland (CMC). Join TERRAIN's Artistic Director Ian Wilson and artists featured in the TERRAIN performances as they discuss their artistic practice and how audiences engage with New Music. In conversation with Evonne Ferguson, CMC Ireland. Recorded for a future episode of the CMC's podcast amplify.

Closing Set: 7.30-9.30pm

David McCann (cello) presents contemporary cello solos including “Invisibility” by Liza Lim, “Vigour, Rigour, Jigger” by Greg Caffrey and the late Ivan Moody’s “O tower wreathed in gold”.

Ioana Petcu-Colan and Aisling Agnew perform a series of duos for violin and flute featuring Jane O’Leary’s “A Winter Sketchbook” and Daniel Kessner’s “Nuance”.

Lina Andonovska (flutes), Cathal Roche (saxophones), and David Lyttle (drums) present a trio improvisation to finish the day with a bang!


Tickets for TERRAIN are £10 for group sessions, £25 for the full day of events.

Available now from the Accidental Theatre, booking here.



Accidental Theatre

12-13 Shaftesbury Square
Northern Ireland