The Ulster Orchestra will take part in a Concert for Paris this Friday.

Hundreds of musicians from across Ireland are to take part in a free concert to mark the attacks in France over the weekend. The Concert for Paris cal(...)

‘A truly international series of concerts in Croke Park and around the country with artists such as Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Vedran Smailovic (above) and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and a rich mix of Irish and “world” music, literature and visual image would show that Ireland is no insular, introspective island on the edge of Europe but an open-minded, creative force for true independence of spirit and action.’ Photograph:  EVSTAFIEV/AFP/Getty Images

A cellist stands in the midst of war and plays music to mourn the dead and defy the killers. A historic handshake between a former IRA leader and the (...)

The Emerson Quartet are no strangers to the challenges and possibilities of the recording studio, and they have nine Grammy awards to prove it

A celebrated composer once told me about an experience he’d had in the recording studio. A highly-regarded group had recorded one of his ensemble p(...)

Claudio Abbado, who has died aged 80, was one of the leading contemporary classical conductors, whose refined interpretations of a large symphonic and(...)

Henry Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas was performed on Sunday by Denmark’s Theatre of Voices with the National Chamber Choir under Paul Hillier (above). Photograph: Frank Miller

Can you name a composer who described his own music as “horrid”? We live in a world where classical music is often portrayed as relaxing, and in a cou(...)

Andre Rieu

An awful reign of terror is finally drawing to a close. For the last two weeks, André Rieu, mullet-headed Dutch waltz-strangler, has had exclus(...)