Belfast musician Brian Irvine wins 2015 Paul Hamlyn Foundation award

Belfast's first ever music laureate has received one of the UK's biggest national arts awards.Brian Irvine is among eight winners who have each picked up £50,000 from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. A musician, composer and conductor, Mr Irvine was named as music laureate for Belfast in December 2014. He is one of three composers from the UK to receive an award in 2015, while the other five recipients are visual artists.

Rosemary Kennedy Opera

Currently writing trailer version of The Rosemary Kennedy Opera (words by Laurence Roman) to be recorded by RTE National Symohiny Orchestra and Fergus Sheil (conductor) in Sept 2015

New opera - lovegolflove

Saturday, 30 May 2015, 5.00pm


 In partnership with Dumbworld and Newry, Mourne and Down District Council as part of the Irish Open Fringe Festival.

Commissioned by Northern Ireland Opera, Lovegolflove is a new work of golf-inspired opera which receives its world premiere this May. The 25 minute performance was written by composer Brian Irvine (recently appointed Belfast Music Laureate) and award winning playwright Owen McCafferty and features two of Northern Ireland Opera’s former Young Artists. The witty performance will lift the lid on what happens when love and ‘the world’s greatest sport’ collide.


Things we throw away

Currently Recording  5 short operas with the RTE Concert Orchestra conducted by Fergus Sheil. Text by John Mcilduff. Produced by Wide Open Opera in association with DUMBWORLD - Due to be performed in over 20 venues across Dublin at the end of June.  Commissioned by Dublin City Council.

Quartet for 15 Chairs

Presented by Maiden Voyage Dance and created by internationally renowned Enrique Cabrera.

Quartet for 15 Chairs encourages children to let their imagination run wild.

Music from Bach, Jean-Baptist Lully and Brian Irvine.

ARK Residency - June 201

Beginning two week residency at the Brilliant Ark Children's Theatre in Dublin.

Workingwith teachers and lots and lots of primary school children.

Making new film scores for short films.