Competition: Win Tickets to Clint Mansell’s Irish debut at the National Concert Hall


Composer of soundtracks to Requiem for a Dream, Pi, The Wrestler and Black Swan, Clint Mansell will make his Irish debut at the National Concert Hall, Sunday 12th October, with his band, the Sonus Quartet and Carly Paradis, piano.

The Grammy and Golden-Globe nominated composer is a long-time collaborator of ground-breaking director Darren Aronofsky, for whom he has scored the aforementioned movies. In addition to his impressive work for film, Clint received major acclaim for his 2009 score for Duncan Jones’ directorial debut Moon. His latest creation is the soundtrack to the film Noah, starring Russell Crowe.

Frontman of the disbanded group Pop Will Eat Itself, Mansell was first introduced to film scores by Aronofsky who hired him to score his debut film Pi, after which he went on to score Aronofsky’s next film Requiem for a Dream. The film’s primary composition ‘Lux Aeterna’ has become extremely popular, appearing in a variety of advertisements, film trailers and YouTube clips.

Other notable achievements include the theme for the film The Hole, the music for the pilot episode of CSI: NY, and the score for Aronofsky’s later films The Fountain, which was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score in 2006), and The Wrestler. Mansell has also contributed the score to HBO’s Voyeur.

Affectionately known as Clint Poppie, Mansell started out in 1981, forming a group called From Eden, which included future members of Pop Will Eat Itself, in the English industrial city of Stourbridge. After several years, the band broke up. Mansell then moved to the U.S. and proceeded to write the score to the movie Pi, and he produced a limited-edition U.K. remix 12″ of the movie’s theme. In addition, he has worked with Trent Reznor, both helping with remixes and appearing on Nine Inch Nails’ album The Fragile, and has pursued film scoring aggressively since.

Thanks to the generous people at the National Concert Hall, we have a pair of tickets to give away to one of our lucky readers. To be in with a chance of winning, answer the following question.

Who directed Black Swan?

Email your answer to by Monday, 6th October when the Film Ireland Hat will adorn its tutu and pirouette into a Soubresaut before selecting a winner.

Clint Mansell at the National Concert Hall is part of the National Concert Hall’s flagship series, Perspectives 2014 which is supported by The Irish Independent and Today Fm.

Tickets to Clint Mansell with his band, pianist Carly Paradis and the Sonus Quartet at the National Concert Hall / Sunday 12th October 2014, 8pm are €35 / NCH Box Office Tel: 01 417 00 00 or



‘The Gruffalo’ and ‘The Gruffalo’s Child’ Screening creened NCH with RTÉ Concert Orchestra

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On 4th October 2014 (at 12.30pm, 3pm and 5pm), The National Concert Hall and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra present three showings of The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child, an enchanting double-bill based on the best-selling children’s picture books with live orchestral accompaniment, conducted by Terry Davis.

The screenings provide a wonderful opportunity to introduce families to the orchestra and the concert hall in an informal setting.

The Gruffalo, which premiered in the UK on BBC One Christmas Day 2009 to 10 million viewers, was nominated for an Oscar and a BAFTA. Children and parents alike will be enthralled as
as their favourite story book characters come to life before their eyes and they hear René Aubry’s wonderful scores performed live by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

Based on the best-selling children’s picture books by Julia Donaldson and Axe Scheffler, the film was produced by Magic Light Pictures and features the voices of Helena Bonham Carter, Rob Brydon, Robbie Coltrane, James Corden, John Hurt and Tom Wilkinson.

It tells the story of a mouse who goes in search of a nut. Along the way, he is confronted by three hungry animals who each think that the mouse looks good! Forced to rely on his wits for survival, Mouse invents an imaginary monster to scare them away, but what happens when he comes face to face with his own creation?

The accompanying film, was first screened on BBC One on Christmas Day 2011 and has since been broadcast in over 150 countries. It follows the adventures of the Gruffalo’s Child who one wild and windy night ignores her father’s warnings and bravely tiptoes out into the snow in search of the Big Bad Mouse. She meets Snake, Owl and Fox but no sign of the fabled Mouse. He doesn’t really exist… or does he?

The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child double –bill is presented by The National Concert Hall and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and is supported by The Irish Times.

Tickets: €22 Adult |€17 Child | €15 Young Maestros |Groups of 10 or more: €19.80 per ticket |Friends of the National Concert Hall €18 |Family Tickets €73 for 2 adults and 2 children.

Tickets on Sale  Friday 8th August (or Tuesday 5 August for Friends of the National Concert Hall)

National Concert Hall Box Office Tel: 01 417 0000 or


3epkano Live Score ‘Metropolis’


3epkano in association with the Goethe Institut present Metropolis with live musical accompaniment at the National Concert Hall on July 17th at 8pm. Tickets €15 available from or 01 4170000


3epkano celebrate their 10th anniversary with a presentation of the most unique cinematic achievement from the silent era, Metropolis. Fritz Lang’s sci-fi epic will be screened in its original format, as seen by German cinema-goers in 1927.

3epkano’s original score will provide a contemporary musical accompaniment to this great modernist classic.


Review of ‘Guests Of The Nation’ at the NCH 11th September 2011


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Rory Cashin spends an evening at the National Concert Hall for a special screening of the silent classic ‘Guests of The Nation’ accompanied by a new orchestral score by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. The programme also featured Andrew Legge’s experimental silent film ‘The Lactating Automaton’ starring Dominic West, with a live orchestral score by Liam Bates and live Foley performance.

Set within the grand opulence of the National Concert Hall, and on the eve of Hurricane Katia’s arrival, those in attendance of the night’s festivities arrived in their glad rags and settled themselves in for a unique evening.

Starting off with a double bill of Andrew Legge ‘silent’ shorts, first up was The Unusual Inventions of Henry Cavendish. Combining footage of Dublin shot in 1897 with new scenes filmed on a clockwork 16mm Russian camera, the story of a young inventor vying for the affections of a well-to-do lady was very sweet, quite simple and expertly told. Accompanied by pianist Isabelle O’Connell, the first screening certainly set the mood for the experimental manner of the evening.

Next up was the premiere of Legge’s latest short, The Lactating Automaton. Starring The Wire’s Dominic West as an inventor unable to cope with a new baby and a wife that died during childbirth, he constructs a mechanical wet-nurse to look after his child.

Brilliantly unique, the funny and bittersweet short features fantastic cinematography, editing and art direction, and altogether more darker in tone that Cavendish, Legge’s new short channels influences such as Frankenstein, Spielberg’s A.I. and Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands. This latter influence extends further, as the score for the short is provided live by Liam Bates, and is quite reminiscent of Burton’s regular soundtrack composer Danny Elfman. The short is also presented with live Foley artists, scored by Caoimhe Doyle, and watching the three artists perform and create the sound effects right before your eyes was quite a sight to behold.

Finally, the world premiere of the new restoration of Guests of The Nation. The 1935 movie was introduced by Irish cinema icon Stephen Rea, whose speech made it evident that he is just as passionate about being a part of the audience as he is being part of what audiences come to see. The first big-screen viewing of the movie in over 75 years, the restoration of the project was beautifully handled, and the film itself has lost none of its power.

The story of a budding friendship between two British military prisoners and the two IRA members assigned to watch over them, the first and only feature by Denis Johnston is a testament to the enduring nature of cinema. The film was presented with a newly commissioned score by the Irish Film Institute under the Arts Council Commissions Award Scheme, composer Niall Byrne’s dramatic soundtrack perfectly accompanies the movie throughout, supplementing the ever-changing tones on screen.

The programme is part of Culture Ireland’s ‘Imagine Ireland: A Year Of Irish Arts In America 2011’, and will have its US premiere on 22nd September at the Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Centre in New York. To any of our readers in America, I highly recommend this evening’s unique spectacle of sight and sound.

Rory Cashin



90th anniversary screening of ‘The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse’

JDIFF has announced the first confirmed event for the 2011 festival; the 90th anniversary screening of The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse will be presented by the National Concert Hall and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in association with the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.

This event will take place at the National Concert Hall on Saturday 26th February, featuring a live score composed by Carl Davis, played by the acclaimed 45-strong RTÉ Concert Orchestra and conducted by David Brophy.

The 9th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival will celebrate Irish and International cinema on the capital’s screens from 17–27 February 2011. The full line-up for the 2011 festival will be revealed in late January.

Tickets cost €35,  with concessions available, and can be booked via the National Concert Hall.

Jameson Dublin International Film Festival
Tel: +353 1 662 4260

National Concert Hall
T: +353 1 417 0000