Two long-standing music series lose out as new events hit the jackpot, but the lack of continuity from year to year is mind-boggling
Veronica ‘Ronnie’ Dunne began teaching in 1962. At 88 her passion is still obvious and she is alarmingly direct in her opinions about what it takes to be a singer
Boulez was the last of a great avant-garde line. But was Gilbert Kaplan, another conductor who died last week, just faking it?
The Belfast man studied at Cambridge with the goal of becoming a composer, but the lure of conducting led him to a rewarding career in the US
That was the scene internationally, but what would a Dublin music lover have had to choose from?
Orchestra members fulfil vital extracurricular functions such as providing music education and road-testing new music
Norway’s top opera job is being taken up by Annilese Miskimmon. The post comes with its own dramatic history
Times have been hard, but the decision to cut funding to three musical organisations is unnecessarily damaging
New Music Dublin has suffered numerous abuses in its short life and has been postponed for 2016. Can it be fixed?
Only one living Irish composer is part of the NCH’s seven-concert series for the 1916 centenary
Many years ago I wrote about music for a while under a female pseudonym. It was a real eye-opener
The Swedish Chamber Orchestra offered an alternative to ‘stouter’ performances of Brahms's second symphony
NI Opera’s ‘Turandot’ is stunning, while Leif Ove Andsnes enjoys stint at the NCH
The renaming of Wexford Opera House is odd: what’s fine for a festival does not necessarily make sense for a national institution
Some might have found performances with Mahler and Disney at their core to be OTT, but there was plenty to be moved by
Pop star deaths like Prince and David Bowie will always receive lavish, widespread media coverage
Tracks from Leon Vynehall, Ciaran Lavery, Dexys, Jacob Collier, MeLo X, Dr John, Anoushka and others
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
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