Brian Irvine | Composer


Brian Irvine


“his work is a kind of animated musical experience, full of frenetic time-changes, fearsome collisions and instant recoveries, wild excesses, and tender reveries”

The Guardian

Brian Irvine’s unique musical world combines the known and the unknown, the free and the fixed, the schooled and the unschooled. His huge output includes operas, large-scale oratorios, orchestral, ensemble, chamber, solo and dance works as well as film scores and installations. His music has been commissioned, broadcast and performed all over the world by a vast array of performers and organisations including the London Symphony Orchestra, Welsh National Opera, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Red Note Ensemble, Ulster Orchestra, Joanna MacGregor as well as ex-paramilitaries, young offenders and disability groups.

He has collaborated and made work with artists from vastly different disciplines including Seamus Heaney, Cy Twombly, Paul Dunmall, Keiji Haino, Eduard Bersudsky, David Holmes and Jennifer Walshe. He has won two British Composer Awards, the BBC Radio 3 Jazz Award and the prestigious Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Composers Award. He is Co-Artistic Director of the creative production company Dumbworld, part-time Professor of Music at Ulster University and was Associate Composer with the Ulster Orchestra for four years. In 2016 he was appointed first Music Laureate for the City of Belfast. He is excellent at doing Rubik’s Cube but is utterly rubbish at DIY.