The programme for New Music Dublin 2017 was announced last week: alongside performances by Simon Keenlyside, Christiane Stotijn or Barbara Hannigan, the festival will also feature a new orchestral work by Ed Bennett, to be premiered by Thomas Adès and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra at the National Concert Hall Dublin on Friday 3rd March 2017 at 19.30.
Meanwhile, the New Music Collective of the Leeds College of Music will be performing Ed’s ‘Suspect Device’ on Monday, 5 December 2016. The piece recycles material from the original song of the same name by Northern Irish punk band Stiff Little Fingers.
“The band who were mainly active during the height of the Northern Irish ‘troubles’ in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s provided optimistic and energetic anthems for the disaffected Northern Irish youth culture who wanted nothing to do with the violence and political rhetoric of the time (myself included). My work attempts to capture the spirit and energy of the original song but reinvents the original musical material in my own way,” adds the composer. More information and tickets here.