Jennifer Davis, left, and Anna Devin have both developed the kind of healthy, strong delivery that singers need to project in larger halls and opera houses

Life is full of near misses, not least when it comes to casting in movies and television. Bing Crosby was the original choice to play the shabby, a(...)

Pianist Barry Douglas’s gutsy playing was often an edge-of-the-seat experience

It was like old times at Kilkenny Arts Festival. The new director, Eugene Downes, put classical music right back at the heart of this year’s festiv(...)

Portrait of Beethoven  by Joseph Karl Stieler

  ALFRED BRENDEL Pianist “Beethoven. Grand master of chamber music, sonata, variation and symphony. What other composer covered, w(...)

Shara Worden, aka My Brightest Diamond, who will be taking part in this year’s Kilkenny Arts Festival, which begins on August 8th

Secret concerts, artists-in-residence, a grand ensemble finale and surprise guests are all in store for this year’s Kilkenny Arts Festival (KAF), whi(...)

Barry Douglas interrupts his Brahms series for Chandos to start a new one focusing on Schubert. The first disc, recorded in the Curtis Auditorium of t(...)

The Gloaming will perform at St Canice’s Cathedral in August

Eugene Downes knows something about journeys. He has made countless trips in a career built on advancing Irish arts worldwide. As a former chie(...)

It’s complicated: ‘It would be a lovely thing, just forgetting for a minute Britishness or Irishness and just being proud to be Northern Irish,’  says Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol

As a young boy, the Belfast pianist Barry Douglas regularly came face to face with the bewildering issue of identity. He recalls instances in south Be(...)

Flautist James Galway. Photograph: Alan Betson

The National Concert Hall recently honoured two Irish musicians at opposite ends of their careers. Überflautist James Galway became the second recipie(...)

How do you assess the success of a musical career? By the fees commanded? The number of engagements? The prestige of the venues?

It’s an oft-heard contention: given the small size of the country, we punch above our weight when it comes to producing musicians. People usually poin(...)

Alison Balsom gave a wry trumpet commentary as part of Camerata Ireland’s Shostakovich performance

It’s been a week full of piano playing, from the tutors and students of the new Dublin International Piano Festival to the Dublin debut of West Cork r(...)