Dave Flynn’s Burren venture is an alternative to the massive 1916 centenary survey – but the fine print is bewildering
Mark Padmore’s singing is riveting, with an exceptional sense of intimacy and adaptability
West Cork Chamber Music Festival heard pieces by Deirdre Gribbin and Seán Doherty
Composing the Island festival is huge, but it neglects women and living composers under 30
Ten years after I first heard of Wandelweiser, Louth Contemporary Music Society has brought it to Ireland
Sung in the city’s unmistakable twang, ‘Long Story Short: The Belfast Opera’ is fresh, contemporary and slightly daring
While no longer strictly in houses, the Great Music in Irish Houses festival has found good new homes
The Brussels Philharmonic made a stylish debut at the NCH, but Mozart at Lismore Music Festival needed a lighter touch
As the principal conductors of the NSO and the CO finish up, the question arises: how best to deal with their succession?
A high proportion of composers do not like writing about their work but listeners find such context invaluable
In the past 10 years, the grant to Wexford has crept up but OTC's has fallen fast. What’s the rationale?
Great Music in Irish Houses, Killaloe Chamber Music Festival and Cork Chamber Music Festival also reveal their programmes
The Vanbrugh Quartet’s unusual approach played up the contrast between early and late Beethoven
Can the Music of Our Time series at the NCH remedy the weaknesses of the national broadcaster’s long-standing approach to new music?
Music-making does not come much purer than in Masaaki Suzuki’s approach to Bach at the NCH
The weekly reading list with slang, hyperloops, Taylor Mac, turntables, Thelonious Monk, touring, army surplus stores, NxWorries etc
You don't have to be a raver to be a classical musician, but it helps
The RTÉ NSO’s performance packed tremendous punch, if a bit out of control
Much to enjoy in a solo evening recital by Malaysian-born pianist Bobby Chen
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