Extracts of collaborations with young people, adults in in care, amateurs, young offenders, ex paramilataries, prisoners, professionals, unemployed, residents of  residential care homes, blind, deaf and autistic adults and children, primary, secondary, third level students, professional orchestras, bankers, community choirs, alzheimer groups throughout  Ireland,UK, USA and Russia.


Rain Falling Up

mixed media work for orchestra, adult chorus, large children’s chorus, soprano, animator and narrator. Short-listed for 2011 British Composers Award.


for orchestra,animation, narrator and large childrens chorus. 




Shelter me from the Rain

for chamber orchestra and large community chorus.

Commissioned by Carlow County Council. World premiere: 5-7 May 2011, George Bernard Shaw Theatre, Carlow, Ireland. RTE National Symphony Orchestra, large specially formed community chorus conducted by Fergus Sheil. Winner of 2011 Allianz Irish Arts and Business Award for best use of music in the community   



Oldest woman in Limerick





Northern Ireland’s largest ever public art installation NEST commissioned by the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. for orchestra, large community choir, children's choir, soloists, 3000 donated objects, an enormous warehouse, 8 recorded audio loops, a series of musical interventions and an interactive on line presence.







Composition/improvisation workshop- Moscow



Beyond the March 



Prince's Trust Soundlive - Music Director



Theatre of Witness



Monster Club

 for orchestra and narrator.

Commissioned by Juilanstown Youth Orchestra and Wide Open Opera. World premiere: 10 Nov 2012, Convention Centre, Dublin, Julianstown Youth Orchestra and members of RTE National Symphony Orchestra.


Big Bang

A film documenting the young composer programme run by Music Generation Sligo featuring composer Brian Irvine working with 5 young composers from Sligo.




Commissioned by Louth County Council for community choir, brass bands, orchestra and singers. 


Belfast Music Laureate



The Pied Piper (60’)

 oratorio for orchestra, narrator, large children’s chorus and children’s dance company.

Commissioned by Ulster Orchestra. World premiere: Waterfront Hall, 14 March 2009, Ulster Orchestra, 6 x Primary schools, conducted by Stephen Deazley. London 2012 Cultural Olympic Inspire Award.


Dirty Beasts (45’)

song cycle for string quartet/orchestra and large children’s chorus.

Commissioned by Roald Dahl Foundation and Live Music Now. Words by Roald Dahl. World premiere: Oct 2007, Lyric Theatre, Belfast, N Ireland, Szegiti string quartet and large children’s chorus (6 x primary schools).


Clothes Line Saga Blues (25’)

street opera for brass band, children’s chorus and narrator.

World premiere: The Tolbooth, Stirling, Scotland, 30 May 2010, Stirling Brass and local primary schools. Words/narration by Billy Letford. 


Share Music - Music Director


Cake Club Orchestra - Music Director

any age, any ability, any background orchestra