Kirkos Ensemble is a dynamic new contemporary-music ensemble founded by students of the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Kirkos is generously supported by the RIAM, but is run entirely (both artistically and administratively) by students working on a voluntary basis, making it the RIAM’s only student-run ensemble.
Dublin is lucky enough to possess a new-music scene which punches well above its weight internationally, but what is missing here is the opportunity for young people to be involved in the music of today. Kirkos Ensemble has a mission to promote the performance of contemporary music by the country’s best young performers, and to provide a platform for emerging composers to have their works performed well. What makes Kirkos unique is their access to the RIAM’s pool of Ireland’s top emerging performers.
Despite launching only in April 2012, Kirkos have already given almost 20 concerts of contemporary music, which have included eight world premieres, seven Irish premieres, a concert consisting entirely of the music of John Cage and a performance of Messiaen's massive Quartet for the End of Time.
Plans for 2013-14 include a concert of important minimalist work, a CMC Salon in the National Concert Hall in November and at least two concerts showcasing the work of RIAM students. Kirkos will also be taking part in the CMC's celebration of Culture Night this year, playing works by a wide range of Irish composers.