January 2021
Glaoch commissioned for 20 Shots of Opera – Irish National Opera, “moving and expressive” (JM)

Glaoch performed by Sarah Shine (soprano) & Gemma Ni Bhriain (mezzo), string ensemble from the RTE Concert Orchestra, conducted by Elaine Kelly, text by Doireann Ní Ghríofa

May 2021
The Finite Air – Song Cycle for Rachel Kelly and Fiachra Garvey

Commissioned by West Wicklow Chamber Music Festival with funds from the Arts Council of Ireland, setting text by D.A. Powell (Chronic)

June 2021
Electronic score for film/live show based on A Ghost in the Throat

Commissioned by Cork Midsummer Festival, in collaboration with Doireann Ní Ghríofa (text) and Tadhg O’Sullivan (film)

July 2021
PRS Award for Aud – for Ensemble and electronics, Nordic Viola

Commissioned by Nordic Viola for performance in Orkney Islands and tour of Scotland, awarded PRS Women Make Music Award

August 2021
New work/installation for viola da gamba (Liam Byrne), Crash Ensemble and multi-channel electronics

Commissioned by Kilkenny Arts Festival with Crash Ensemble

August 2021
Sean nós song reimagining/orchestration for string orchestra (sean nos), Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh & Irish Chamber Orchestra

Commissioned by Kilkenny Arts Festival for the Irish Chamber Orchestra and Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh

September 2021
From Ocean’s Floor album out now

New Album Out on NMC featuring Iarla Ó’Lionáird, Crash Ensemble, Isabelle O’Connell, Joby Burgess, Contempo Quartet and Darragh Morgan.


‘The music is Irish, modern and worldly .. performed by an all-star line-up including Iarla O’Lionaird and Crash Ensemble, this comes very highly recommended from all of us here on the Sound Out team’ Sound Out, RTÉ Lyric FM

‘An excellent portrait of one of Ireland’s most interesting composers’ Journal of Music

‘I’m a big fan of Linda’s music, and her ability to reduce a magnitude of emotions into a single phrase.’ Hannah Peel, BBC Radio 3 Night Tracks

‘What is particularly striking about Buckley’s work is the way in which the ear is seduced into these dark territories…the intensity of her work is irresistible – a generous portrait that is full of surprises and unsettling questions.’  Tim Rutherford-Johnson, The Rambler

‘The Irish composer combines traditional séan-nos singing with an electronic soundscape, connecting past and future … It’s clear how much Buckley deeply connects her past to her present, opening up possibilities for our mutual musical futures.’ Guardian – Folk Album of the Month

‘Music of mythic magic … In Kyrie, this ecstasy is sublime as well as brilliant – it’s summoned from the places between and beyond Linda’s voice and these electronics, all taken out of themselves to find something richly and strangely powerful.’ BBC Radio 3 New Music Show

‘Linda Buckley is unquestionably one of the most exciting, prolific, and as mentioned elsewhere, ‘ecstatic’ composers to come from Ireland in recent times.’ Sean Clancy, RTÉ

‘diverse and ultra imaginative work, intense and shimmering…’ BBC Radio Scotland

‘Intelligent, atmospheric and strangely beautiful.’ ★★★★ Songlines

‘…a soundtrack for filmic depictions of moodily dark, implacable landscapes.’ The Irish Times

November 2021
Live score to film Metropolis (co-composed with Irene Buckley) – percussion ensemble, electronics

Commissioned by Cork International Film Festival 2021


Linda Buckley

Linda Buckley is an Irish composer currently based in Glasgow, who writes for both electronic and acoustic forces. The diverse instrumentations of her work include Javanese Gamelan, choir, multi-channel tape, prepared piano and orchestra. Read more »


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