Listening to Women 2016: Irene Buckley

Originally commissioned by the Cork French Film Festival, this live score for soprano, pipe organ and electronics premiered at Triskel Christchurch, Cork. It has since been performed at Glasgow Cathedral for the Glasgow Film Festival, Skibbereen Arts Festival, St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral Cork and Union Chapel in London. Past performers include Emma Nash (soprano), Molly Lynch (soprano), Rhoda Dullea (organ) and James McVinnie (organ).


Irene Buckley, a composer from Cork, Ireland, holds a BMus and a PhD in Composition from University College Cork, and an MA in Music Technology from Queens University Belfast.

Irene was a prize winner at the 14th International Young Composers Meeting in the Netherlands and was commissioned to write for the Dutch National Youth Orchestra. Her piece Stórr, for orchestra, was shortlisted for the TANSMAN 2010 8th International Competition of Musical Personalities Composers’ Competition and was performed by the Lodz Philharmonic Orchestra in Poland and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. She has also written music for many theatre, dance and film productions.