The same administration team runs Unit 44 and all other aspects of Kirkos
Our artistic director & founder is Sebastian Adams
Our general manager is Paul Scully
Our event producer is Alice Quinn Banville
Our marketing manager is Isabella Utria Mago
Our ensemble revolves around a core group of musicians who have been playing together since our student days:
- Hannah Miller (Horn)
- Jane Hackett (Violin)
- Miriam Kaczor (Flute)
- Robert Coleman (Harmonium / Melodica)
- Sebastian Adams (Viola)
- Yseult Cooper Stockdale (Cello)
Joan Sommers Donnelly (Visual Arts / Performance)
Almost all of our projects also rely on people not listed here—we collaborate widely!
Besides this, Sebastian produces computer-generated notated music which can be ‘written’ and sight-read mid-concert. A significant aspect of Sebastian’s creative output is as an organiser, curator and advocate of new music. His ensemble Kirkos has become a leading light of the Irish scene, providing a vital arena for the most exciting young composers in the country and exploring the gamut of the most experimental and striking music written in our time. Projects include Dublin’s first Fluxus Happening, multi-sensory concerts in total darkness, and many Irish premieres of important international works. He is also Co-director of Fishamble Sinfonia, specializing in baroque and early classic repertoire, and former Chair of the Irish Composers Collective. He has organised the premieres of well over 400 pieces.
As a viola player Sebastian has premiered many solo and chamber works, and enjoys working closely with composers on their new music. He has improvised in Dublin, Bern, La Chaux de-Fonds, New York and London, including in live theatre, and performs early music on viola and gamba.Sebastian studied in Dublin (Kevin O’Connell & Jonathan Nangle) and Vienna (Karlheinz Essl). His most recent viola teacher was Simon Aspell (The Vanbrugh).
Highly active in artistic direction he is a founding member (co-director 2013-2017) and now artistic advisor of the Dublin based Kirkos. Robert also held the position of secretary of the Irish Composers Collective from 2015-2017, a collective of country-wide composers who present work by their members through monthly concerts with established contemporary performers.
Robert has a pressing interest in interdisciplinary collaborations and has worked with various artists such as the Experimental Film Society, Pim Piët (visual artist/designer) Laura Sarah Dowdall(dancer/ choreographer with RUNNING BLIND), Mihai Cucu(visual artist), Slipdraft(lighting design) amongst others.
He has participated in various masterclasses, workshops and residencies with composers and artists such as Peter Ablinger, Jennifer Walshe, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, John Godfrey, Jorg Widmann, Jonathan Dove, Liza Lim, Houston Dunleavy, Sebastian Fagerlund, Gráinne Mulvey, Deirdre Gribbin, Andrew Hamilton, Gert Dumbar (graphic designer), Cocky Eek (visual artist/designer), EL Putnam (artist/performer), Vicky Langan (film/sound artist), David Helbich (sound artist), Amanda Coogan (performance artist), Edu Comelles (sound artist).
Favouring more intimate ensembles, recent exciting projects included several tours with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, (working with artists such as Jorg Widmann and Kristian Bezuidenhout), and two performances at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival ( ‘22 performing Wingform by Barry O’Halpin, with Crash, and returning the following year with Kirkos, to perform twice with self-created works). She also toured, thanks to the National String Quartet Foundation, with the Spero Quartet, Ficino Ensemble, alongside the Vanbrugh, and most recently with the Ora Quartet. Other artists she has collaborated and performed with include: Bell X1, Caimin Gilmore, Kojaque, Anna Meredith, Welsh National Opera, Evlana, Southbank Sinfonia, Musici Ireland and Bastard Assignments.
Yseult has been a member Kirkos since 2013 and has performed countless premieres, including many solo cello works. She is an experienced improviser, and has worked closely with Andy Ingamells, Lina Adonovska, John Godfrey and Nick Roth. In 2022 Kirkos commissioned her to co-write and perform a large-scale cross-disciplinary work taking place in Phoenix Park. She is also the recipient of an Agility Award to develop her skills in historically-informed performance, and in her spare time likes drawing, grumbling, eating and hanging out with her cat.
Miriam was the Irish Freemasons' Young Musician of the Year 2015, recipient of the inaugural RDS Jago Award, Flax Trust Bursary and multiple prizes in the ESB Feis Ceoil. She was a pupil of William Dowdall at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Michael Cox, Lisa Beznosiuk and Rachel Brown in London and will begin studying for her MA with Erwin Klambauer of the Wiener Symphoniker this October. She has had memorable masterclass encounters with Sir James Galway, William Bennett, Peter-Lukas Graf and Felix Renggli, among others. She was a Britten-Pears Young Artist for 3 years, working with artists such as Semyon Bychkov, Mark Padmore and Phillippe Herreweghe, and a scholarship participant of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra Institute in Toronto, mentored by Claire Guimond.
Miriam is grateful for the support of Music Network funded by the Arts Council and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht & South Dublin County Council.
Since being appointed Associate Principal Horn with the Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, Finland at age 21, Hannah has shone as an orchestral musician, heard with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Irish Chamber Orchestra and Tapiola Sinfonietta and most recently joining the Verbier Festival Orchestra. Through these orchestras she has worked with conductors including Esa-Pekka Salonen, Fabio Luisi, Valery Gergiev, Itzhak Perlman, Leif Segerstam and Alan Pierson. As a soloist she has been heard in concerti by Strauss, Schumann and Vivaldi.
As a member of the Irish contemporary music group Kirkos Ensemble, she has been featured in solo and chamber music concerts performing a wide range of modern works. Hannah’s commitment to new music has expanded in recent years to include performances with Crash Ensemble in Ireland, London and Amsterdam and with Ulysses Ensemble in collaboration with Ensemble InterContemporain, IRCAM and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France as part of the ManiFeste Festival.