Bangers and Crash Percussion Sextet featuring composer Brian Irvine

Limerick, Co. Limerick - Ireland

SoundWaves Music Space invites 50 young musicians - any instrumentation / all skill levels - to join Ireland’s Bangers and Crash Percussion Sextet and guest composer Brian Irvine in a spectacular surround-sound concert experience at the Lime Tree Theatre.

Over three days, participants will workshop, practise and rehearse with six master percussionists and the maestro of large-scale participatory music, Brian Irvine. 

These distinguished musicians will lead participants on an inspiring journey of auditory immersion and percussive exploration, culminating in a public performance on Day 3.

This unique project offers young participant musicians the opportunity to:

  • Be immersed in the connective power of percussion music, and explore its rich diversity and vibrant colours across various genres and cultures.
  • Work collaboratively with the Bangers and Crash Percussion on creating arrangements for the new compositions to be performed.
  • Perform with the Bangers and Crash Percussion Sextet at the Lime Tree Theatre, showcasing the collaborative work created in the workshops.
  • Explore percussive techniques and non-traditional instrumentation to discover innovative ways to create rhythm and texture.
  • Discover innovative concepts of immersive and surround-sound performance that transcend traditional stage boundaries.

This programme is designed to provide an exciting educational experience, enhancing the participants’ skills, creativity, understanding of professional performance, and innovative music creation.

About Bangers and Crash Percussion Sextet  ›


Day 1: Workshop & Practise
Sunday 15th September 202413:00 – 18:45 @ Lime Tree Theatre

Day 2: Workshop & Practise
Monday 16th September 2024 17:00 – 18:45 @ Lime Tree Theatre

Day 3: Rehearsal & Concert
Tuesday 17th September 2024 17:00 – 18:00 & 19:00 - 20:40 @ Lime Tree Theatre

What You Will Learn

This unique and innovative music experience is a one-time opportunity to unleash your creativity through fun workshops and dynamic rehearsals. By joining the Bangers and Crash project, you'll be part of a high-energy performance alongside Ireland’s top orchestral percussionists and the renowned composer Brian Irvine.  The key takeaways for participants include:


Musical Exploration

  • Be immersed in the connective power of percussion music as you delve into rhythms, genres, and instrumentation such as African marimbas, Asian gongs, and European classical percussion.
  • Learn about the complexity and wide spectrum of percussion music.
  • Experiment with non-traditional instruments and a range of found objects to create unexpected sounds.

Creative Collaboration 

  • Develop new elements for the composition by brainstorming, arranging musical parts, and experimenting with sound selections.
  • Actively shape the musical outcome and feel a sense of ownership and achievement.

Sound Design

  • Understand the principles of creating immersive sound by exploring instrument positioning, types, and volume to achieve a 360-degree auditory experience.
  • Perform throughout the auditorium to create an atmospheric surround-sound environment.

Professional Performance

  • Gain valuable performance experience with a large ensemble in a professional setting.
  • Take part in the debut performance of a brand new composition written by Brian Irvine especially for this project.

Personal Development

  • Share experiences with peers to build self-confidence and form new connections in the local music community.

Fees & Additional Information


  • Participation Fee: €20 (a special discounted rate, thanks to the support of our partners)
  • Participation includes three days of activities, including the concert.
  • Fees are payable separately after receiving your reservation form. We will email you directly with payment options.


  • Participants will be required to bring their own packed lunch, refreshments, and drinks.

Consent Forms

  • The workshops and concert will be documented through photography and video. Media consent forms will be made available prior to any documentation.

Schedules and Materials

  • Participants will receive pre-workshop preparation notes and a timetable.

How To Apply

Who can apply:

  • Young musicians from 12 years to 23 years ~ musicians will be grouped according to their ages.
  • Any instrumentation.
  • Any skill level.
  • Good listening and concentration skills.
  • Confidence to participate and meet new people.

This project is ideal for any young musician who is:

  • wanting to take part in something musically adventurous.
  • eager to meet with other young musicians and learn from master musicians.
  • happy to work as part of a team in a collaborative way.
  • interested in percussion music and/or creating soundscapes.
  • keen to be part of actively shaping the musical outcome.
  • excited to be part of a live performance.

Registration Procedure

  • Below is the online registration form.
  • SoundWaves Music Space will be in contact with all applicants upon receiving registration forms.
  • You can open the registration form without registering to read the questions ahead of completing the form.
  • If you are under the age of 18, you will need your parent or guardian to give their consent.
  • If for any reason you are unable to complete the online application form, please email: 

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Day 1: Workshop & Practise
Sunday 15th September 202413:00 – 18:45 @ Lime Tree Theatre

Day 2: Workshop & Practise
Monday 16th September 2024 17:00 – 18:45 @ Lime Tree Theatre

Day 3: Rehearsal & Concert
Tuesday 17th September 2024 17:00 – 18:00 & 19:00 - 20:40 @ Lime Tree Theatre

Bangers and Crash Percussion Sextet

Bangers and Crash Percussion Sextet

Bangers and Crash Percussion is Ireland's premier percussion ensemble, led by some of Ireland's leading percussionists: Alex Petcu-Colan, Emma King, Caitríona Frost, Brian Dungan, Patrick Lynch, and John Rousseau-Parlane.

Bangers and Crash Percussion explores a diverse repertoire that spans Western contemporary percussion, Afro-Cuban rhythms, Japanese taiko, Spanish flamenco, and Javanese gamelan.

With a mission to make percussion music accessible to all, their shows present a spectacular array of instruments, including marimbas, vibraphones, tubular bells, wind chimes, crotales, tambourines, and drums, as well as a fascinating array of ad hoc materials such as scrap metal, marbles, and smashed plates to create a fantasia of percussion sonorities.

The ensemble's past projects include large-scale productions for Cork Midsummer Festival and PIMA! Fest, a successful 8-date Music Network tour, collaborations with Irish National Opera, and performances at prestigious events like Body & Soul. Additionally, Bangers and Crash Percussion has conducted over 100 workshops in schools across Ireland, fostering a love for percussive music among young learners.

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Alex Petcu-Colan

An active freelance musician, Alex performs with a wide variety of ensembles and in a range of settings. In particular, he enjoys working with composers to create new works that push the boundaries of what music for percussion can be. He is a regular guest with The Hard Rain Ensemble and a member of Crash Ensemble. Their most recent works include the world premieres of large-scale compositions by Andrew Hamilton, Barry O’Halpin, and Donnacha Dennehy. He has also commissioned several new works for viola and percussion duo with Nathan Sherman, some of which have been released on CD by the Ergodos label. Additionally, he runs his own ensemble, the Bangers and Crash Percussion Group, who play everything from intimate concerts and workshops to massive projects featuring hundreds of instruments.

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Caitríona Frost

Caitríona Frost is a versatile freelance percussionist who regularly performs with Ireland's top ensembles, including the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Irish National Opera, and Irish Chamber Orchestra. She has toured extensively with Celtic Woman and has featured in performances with the Seattle Symphony and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. A member of the Bangers and Crash Percussion Group, Caitríona collaborates with singer-songwriter Declan O’Rourke and has premiered the marimba concerto "Glioscarnach." She holds a BA in Multimedia and a Master's in Music Performance, and has composed music during her residency at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris. Her professional work spans major orchestras, theatre productions, and collaborations with renowned artists like Dame Evelyn Glennie and Andrea Bocelli.

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Emma King

Emma King is a percussionist based between Brighton and Northern Ireland whose reputation has grown rapidly in the UK, particularly through her performances as a Cajónero at the Glasgow and London Drum Shows. Emma joined the West End/Broadway percussion show STOMP in 2014 and has toured extensively with them throughout the world. Her theatre credits include opening the 2018 Adelaide Festival with LFO and the Steven Sater London Showcase. In 2018, Emma performed in the Irish National Tour of a new opera by John O’Brien and The Everyman Theatre Cork, "The Nightingale and the Rose." In 2021, she was part of the creative team as Percussion Director for Rough Girls, produced by the Lyric Theatre, Belfast. Her television appearances include Live at the London Palladium on ITV and The Late Late Show on RTÉ. In the studio, Emma's work as a body percussion artist can be found on the "Secret Life of Humans" soundtrack.

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Brian Dungan

Brian studied at Trinity College, the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy in Budapest. As an orchestral percussionist, he works with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, and the Ulster Orchestra. He is also a timpanist and a founding member of Fishamble Sinfonia, as well as an assistant to the RIAM Percussion Ensemble. Brian loves to perform new music. For Northern Ireland Opera in Belfast, Brian played the frenetic percussion part—with its massive instrumental array extending to fishing reels and bags of broken crockery—in the Irish premiere (2017) of Thomas Adès’ Powder Her Face. He is an assistant to Richard O’Donnell, Director of the RIAM Percussion Ensemble, with whom he has toured to New York many times since 2010.

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John Rousseau-Parlane

A George Moore Scholar and recipient of the Jones Engineering Exceptional Graduating Student Scholarship, John is an ambitious young percussionist. As a solo performer, John achieved success in 2018 in the Freemasons Young Musician of the Year, being awarded the third-place prize. More recently, John was also named one of the University Concert Hall’s Rising Stars and was granted an opportunity to perform a solo recital in April 2021. A regular on the professional freelance circuit, John often performs with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Dublin Concert Orchestra, Orchestra of Ireland, National Symphony Orchestra, Irish National Opera Orchestra, Bangers and Crash Percussion Group, Gaiety Theatre Live Orchestra, and Wexford Festival Opera orchestra.

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Paddy Nolan

Patrick Nolan enjoys an eclectic career as a freelance percussionist. Originally from Dublin, he moved to Glasgow in 2009 to study at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he was an ABRSM scholarship recipient and winner of the Governors' Recital Prize. Patrick regularly performs with orchestras across Ireland and the UK, including the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Irish National Opera, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, and Scottish Opera. Passionate about new music, Patrick performs with Crash Ensemble, Red Note Ensemble, and the Glasgow Percussion Collective. He has worked as a Lead Musician for Sistema Scotland, engaging with deaf children.