Paul Roe and Nuala Hayes

Selected Works:


‘No Prayers, Nor Bells’ (2016). This work was commissioned by The Somme Association of Ireland, with funds provided by The N.I. Arts Council. Premiered by The Ulster Orchestra, cond. Andrew Gourlay, Ulster Hall, Belfast, June 2016.

'Malone Lives' - premiere September 2013. RTE Concert Orchestra. 10' Commissioned on behalf of The Dept. of Arts, Heritage and The Gaeltacht as part of Culture Night 2013.

Lament, for String Orchestra, 2009, 17"
Recorded,with Hallelujah and Never...Never...Never, by RTENSOI for CD release, Jan.2013

Hallelujah – Premiere NCH Dublin, Oct 2008; 22’
Commissioned by the NSOI. Conductor Gerhard Markson

– Premiere NCH Dublin, Feb 2003; 20’
Commissioned by the NSOI. Conductor Gerhard Markson

The Shipyard ,for piano and orchestra- Premiere Waterfront Hall, Belfast, Oct 2002; 8’
Commissioned by the Belfast Festival at Queens (with National Lottery Funding), Ulster Orchestra. Conductor Thierry Fishcher ,Finghin Collins pf

Wallop – Premiere Ulster Hall, Belfast, Oct 1996; 12’
Commissioned by the BBC and RTE. Ulster Orchestra; Conductor John Lubbock

Wanting Not Wanting – Premiere March 1992; 11’
Commissioned by the BBC. Ulster Orchestra; Conductor John Lubbock


‘Guttersnipe’(2016) for fl. Cl. Vln. Vcl. Piano. Premiered by Hard Rain Ensemble, Belfast, March 2017

‘Song for Jane’ (2016) for String quartet and piano. RTE Contempo and Xenia Pestova, Dublin, Sept. 2016

'Jigs and Reels', for string quintet
premiere. The Mac, Belfast, March 2014.
Performers Altissimo

'Eileen Gray',for soprano saxophone and pedals.
Premiere January 2015
Performer Gerard McChrystal

'Malala',for piano trio
Premiere tbc
Performers The Fidelio Trio.

'Chill' for violin and piano
Premiere Toronto, April 2015
Performers Ilana Waniuk and Cheryl Duvall.

'Jerk' -Premiered by The Crash Ensemble, Dublin, March 2017'

'The Little Sisters of The Red Ferrari' for Bass Clarinet and Piano.
Premiere, Hugh Lane Gallery, March 2013.
Performers, Paul Roe and Finghin Collins.

'Bicycles' for String Quintet. 8'.
Premiere, Galway, April 2013.
Performed by Altissimo.

Quiet - Premiere Hugh Lane Gallery, March 2012, 5’
Bass clarinet and narrator
Performers: Paul Roe and Nuala Hayes

Two guys walk into a piano bar - Premiere, New Ross, Sept.2011
Commissioned by New Ross Piano Festival.
Performed by Finghin Collins and Charles Owen. 2 pianos.

The Mayfly - Premiere, Belfast, March 2011
Commissioned by Moving on Music
Performed by The Fidelio Trio

Flatline – Premiere 2010; 11’
Commissioned by the Prey Trio with funding from the Arts Council
Fl. Ob. Cl. (all tripling)

Klezmeria – Premiere National Gallery of Ireland, June 2009; 10’
Commissioned by Concorde
Bflat Cl. Vln.

What Passing Bells – Premiere O’Reilly Theatre, Dublin, Dec 2006; 15’
Commissioned by The Crash Ensemble with funding from the Arts Council
Voice, fl+bfl,cl., trb, perc [gong, cymbal, wind chimes, vib, 2 bows, woodblock], pf, vn, va, db, tape

You can beat an Egg – Premiere NCH, Sept 2005; 10’
Commissioned by The National Concert Hall. Lontano
fl cl vn vc db 2 pf

You Never Know What’s Round the Corner – Premiere Church of Ireland, Monkstown, April 1999; 15’
Commissioned by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
fl cl perc [tom] pf vn vc

Trane – Premiere John Field Room, NCH, Nov 1996; 11’
Commissioned by Concorde with funding from the Arts Council
cl+bcl, vn, vc, pf

The ill Tempered Clavier – Premiere Dublin Castle, Dec 2000; 8’
Commissioned by Music Network. Barry Douglas - Piano.


‘Innocent’ (2017) for 8 part female choir. Premiered by Te Deum Adoramus Choir, cond. Teodora Dimitrova. Sofia, April 2017

‘The Spire’ (2015) for 8 part mixed choir. Premiered by New Dublin Voices, cond. Bernie Sherlock, GPO, Dublin, Sept. 2015. Commissioned by Dublin City Council.

‘The Smock race at Finglas’ (2015) for 8 part mixed choir. Premiered by New Dublin Voices, cond. Bernie Sherlock, GPO, Dublin, 2015. Commissioned by Dublin City Council.

The Savior must have been a Docile Gentleman - Premiere Christchurch Cathedral,Dublin,Dec.2011;4'
Written as part of Arts Council Bursary to compose a set of 6 carols.
New Dublin Voices.Conductor Bernie Sherlock SSAATTB

Supremum est Mortabilus – Premiere National Gallery of Ireland, Nov 2002; 8’
Commissioned by the National Chamber Choir with funding from the Arts Council.
Conductor Celso Antunes
satb [div.]


Composer-in-Residence with Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Oct 1998- Nov 1999.

Public Art Commissions

Smokers - with artist John Byrne – a film and electronic score,
Project Award, Arts Council. Project Arts Centre Dublin, Dec 2008

The Sea – with artist Gary Coyle, curator Cliodhna Shaffrey – a film and electronic score
Commissioned under Wexford County Council’s Per Cent for Art Scheme. Screened Gorey Parish School, Oct 2006

Tallaght – Chiaroscuro for String Quartet. Created in collaboration with artist Paul Seawright.
Commissioned by South Dublin County Council under the In Context Per Cent for Art scheme 1999-2000. (produced as a CD)


Tallaght – Chiaroscuro for String Quartet, 2000
Hibernia String Trio and Michael Darcy

Mutable Sea – for ensemble, Music from Northern Ireland, Lontano, Conducted by Odaline de la Martinez

Never….Never…Never – for orchestra, NSOI, Conducted by Gerhard Markson Contemporary Music from Ireland, Vol 6 (track 3)

Klezmeria – for Bflat cl. And vln. Paul Roe and Elaine Clarke, released 2010 on recordings by Concorde

Orchestral Works
CD to be released by RTE in Jan 2013 of:

  • Hallelujah
  • Never..Never..Never
  • Lament
RTE, NSOI. Conductor Gerhard Markson and Gavin Maloney


‘Play’ (2015) for piano. Premiered by Clare Hammond, Doncaster, 2015.


Vaughan Williams Scholarship, 1988
Drapers Fellowship, 1988-89
Arklow New Music Composition, First Prize, 1988
New Music for Sligo, First Prize, 1989

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