Linda Buckley is an Irish composer based in Glasgow who has written extensively for orchestra (BBC Symphony Orchestra, Dresdner Sinfoniker Orchestra, RTE National Symphony Orchestra), and has a particular interest in merging her classical training with the worlds of post punk, folk and ambient electronica. She is “one of the leading figures in the thriving Irish new music scene” (Christopher Fox, Tempo) with her work being described as “sublime and brilliant” (Tom Service, BBC Radio 3) “strange and beautiful” (Richard Dyer, Boston Globe), “fantastically brutal, reminiscent of the glitch music of acts such as Autechre” (Liam Cagney, Composing the Island) and “engaging with an area of experience that new music is generally shy of, which, simplified and reduced to a single word, I’d call ecstasy” (Bob Gilmore, Journal of Music). Music for theatre includes work by Enda Walsh (Bedbound), film by Pat Collins (Living in a Coded Land, Henry Glassie: Field Work at Toronto Film Festival) and Tadhg O’Sullivan (Solas Céad Bliain, To The Moon), dance by Liz Roche Company (I/Thou) and installation with Clare Langan (The Human Flock). Awards include a Fulbright scholarship to New York University, a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship, the Frankfurt Visual Music Award (for Silk Chroma) and Gold at the New York Festivals Radio Awards (for Mother’s Blood, Sister Songs documentary with Athena Media). Recent collaborations include work with experimental folk duo Anna & Elizabeth, poet Doireann Ní Ghríofa as well as premieres by Hebrides Ensemble, Contempo Quartet, Icebreaker, Iarla O’Lionaird, Joby Burgess (Barbican commission), Ensemble Mise-En and Crash Ensemble. In 2019 she was invited by John Schaefer’s New Sounds Live (WNYC) to present the New York premiere of a new live score to the silent horror film Nosferatu (co-composed with Irene Buckley) at Brookfield Place. Linda holds a Music Degree from University College Cork, a Masters in Music and Media Technologies and PhD in Composition from Trinity College Dublin, and lectures in Composition at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. In September 2020 her NMC Debut Disc, From Ocean’s Floor was released.

Past events

October 2020
Performance with Doireann Ní Ghríofa – Museum of Literature, Dublin

Performance of poetry and music with Doireann Ní Ghríofa, MoLI, Dublin

September 2020

New Album Out September 25th on NMC


September 2020
NMC Album launch, London

Launch of Debut Discs NMC record, with work performed from the album.

August 2020
New commission for Crash Ensemble and Liam Byrne, Kilkenny Arts Festival

Installation based new work for Liam Byrne, viola da gamba and Crash Ensemble, Kilkenny Arts Festival

July 2020
Joby Burgess performs Discordia, Three Choirs Festival, Worcester

Discordia for aluminium harp and electronics performed at Three Choirs Festival, Worcester Baptist Church

May 2020
Premiere of new work for pianist Michael McHale, Triskel Arts Centre Cork

Solas na Gealaí premiered by Michael McHale, based on inspiration from Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, Triskel Christchurch Cork.

May 2020
Exploding Stars performed for Plug Festival, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Darragh Morgan performs Exploding Stars for violin and electronics, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow.

March 2020
Colin Dunne dances in The Turn, Newry

Special performance of The Turn for string quartet, dancer and live processing for Patrick’s Day celebration concert, Newry Town Hall.

March 2020
Voice/electronic improv for Standing Sitting Lying Down, Dublin

Show with Dublin-based ambient electronic artists for Homebeat, at The Space Between.

March 2020
Joby Burgess performs Discordia, Elstow Abbey Bedford

Discordia for aluminium harp and electronics performed at CoMA festival, Elstow Abbey, Bedford in a show including work by John Cage, Steve Reich and John Luther Adams.