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The National Concert Hall Announces ‘Refractions’

September 10, 2021

The National Concert Hall Announces ‘Refractions’, an Ambitious New Season of Concerts Welcoming Audiences Back to Live Music and on occasion of its 40thAnniversary

  • Autumn Concert Season:  Raise Our Voices with Tara Erraught; Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos with the Irish Baroque Orchestra; Irish Chamber Orchestra perform Mozart and Strauss; Music from the Four Corners of the Earth with Chamber Choir Ireland and Camerata Ireland with Barry Douglas.
  • Chamber Music Series: Ficino Quartet, Contempo Quartet, Lir Quartet, Navarra Quartet, Gealán Quartet and more.
  • Tradition Now: featuring Iarla Ó Lionáird & Steve Cooney, sean nós singer Thomas McCarthy, Andy Irvine’s Woody Guthrie Project, champion sean nós dancer Edwina Guckian, Liam O’Flynn Award winner Jack Talty and more.
  • Prism: Grammy award winner Rhiannon Giddens curates and hosts two evenings exploring her musical and cultural insights with Francesco Turrisi and more.
  • Utopia: Una Mullally and Conner Habib curate immersive experiences harnessing artists’ Utopian visions and aspirations in a brand new weekend of events featuring Gemma Doherty (Saint Sister), Andrea Horan, Daoirí Farrell, Izumi Kimura and more.
  • Treaty : Songs A new project commemorating the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty featuring Lisa O’Neill, Gemma Dunleavy, John Spillane, Karan Casey, Maija Sofia, Duke Special, special guest Christy Moore and more.
  • Learning and Participation Initiatives: Creative Lab – supporting young composers from underrepresented communities; Music for Dementia – bringing music to people living with dementia, their families and carers and Music in Mind – offering opportunities for participation in music to people living with mental health difficulties.

On the occasion of its 40th anniversary, The National Concert Hall announces an ambitious programme of concerts as part of its new season titled “Refractions”, celebrating the resumption of concert life. Refractions refers to the scientific phenomena of light and sound passing from one medium to another, a fitting title for a shape-shifting programme which moves across musical genres, features multiple collaborations and collaborators, asks cultural questions and celebrates diverse musical perspectives.   Offering a stimulating mix of performances and events, ‘Refractions’, comprises over 30 concerts to be staged from September to December offering audiences a variety of events online and in-venue, appealing to all musical tastes.

Maura McGrath, Chair and Robert Read, CEO of the National Concert Hall, said: As Ireland’s national cultural institution for music, we are proud to deliver this new season of concerts and events, on the occasion of the National Concert Hall’s 40th anniversary, and as we welcome audiences back to the live-concert experience. The last 18 months has been particularly difficult for artists and those working in the industry, so we are thrilled to provide a regular live performance platform for musicians and to welcome back audiences as we collectively emerge from the darkness of Covid-19 into the light of a return to concert life. This season’s programme offers a diverse and exciting mix of musical genres and artistic expression, complimented by nationwide learning and participation activities, all supporting artistic and creative development, accessibility, and social inclusion. Our thanks to The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and our partners for their continued and ongoing support.

Catherine Martin, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media said: I want to congratulate the National Concert Hall on its 40th anniversary and to acknowledge all the wonderful entertainment that it has provided for its audiences during the last 40 years. Today’s announcement by the National Concert Hall of its ambitious new season of concerts is a cause of celebration for both performers and the general public alike as we all emerge from the COVID 19 restrictions. We all look forward to again being able to attend in person the wonderful performances in the Concert Hall. I want to thank the CEO of the NCH, Mr Robert Read and his team for all their hard work in arranging this wonderful programme and to wish the Concert Hall every success during the next forty years.

Tickets for in-venue concerts from €10 / Tickets for livestreams from €7.50

Livestreams will be available to view for 48 hours.

All tickets on sale Friday 10th September at 10am from


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