The Western Wind Mass by John Taverner (ca 1490-1545) is one of the early glories of English music. Andrew Parrott takes the secular tune around which(...)

The Vanbrugh Quartet

The National Concert Hall’s Kevin Barry Recital Room is due to re-open at the end of next month. The revamp is one of the capital projects to have be(...)

New York’s Tenet ensemble here celebrates “music by, for and about women” in the context of the concerto delle donne, a virtuosic female vocal tri(...)

Jörg Widmann. Photograph: Marco Borggreve

The Irish Chamber Orchestra has form when it comes to grappling with acoustic challenges. Back in the 1990s, the orchestra played a long game in tryi(...)

Alfred Schnittke’s Penitential Psalms were written in 1988 for the 1,000th anniversary of the Christianisation of Russia. But the major referenc(...)

Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu: has often been in the news for all the wrong reasons. Photograph: Dieter Nagl/AFP/Getty Images

We have all met someone who behaves like a prima donna. Literally meaning “first lady”, a prima donna is the person who takes the leading female role(...)

The Brook Street Band takes its name from the London street where Handel lived for more than a quarter of a century. They’ve already recorded the comp(...)

“It was through George Bernard Shaw I discovered that the shape of 19th century concerts was radically different to what we are used to today”

I don’t know when I first became interested in how concerts have changed over the years. It could have been from my teenage reading of the musical cr(...)

Schubert’s Der Hirt auf dem Felsen (The Shepherd on the Rock) treats soprano, clarinet and piano so magically you might have expected it to spawn a ne(...)

Conductor Nicholas McGegan: well-heeled Americans follow him around

How much music can you fit into a lifetime? How often can you hear the pieces or performers that thrill or move you the most? How easy is it to expan(...)