‘Back in the 1990s I told Judith Woodworth [above], then the director of the NCH, that music itself was way down the agenda in the hall’s own promotional activities. Her response was unexpected.’ Photograph: Frank Miller

The new year is always a time for a special kind of reflection. We think about the events and achievements of the past 12 months and look forward t(...)

Opening show: Hugh Tinney and Catherine Leonard, who played at, and are joint artistic directors of, Westport Festival of Chamber Music

It’s not just when times are good that good things happen. Dublin Grand Opera Society, which dominated operatic life in Dublin for nearly seven decade(...)

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(...)

A Stradivarius violin. Photograph: Leemage/UIG via Getty Images

Most of us close our eyes from time to time in order to concentrate on a thought. Our minds are distractible. Quite how distractible is (...)

Paul Hillier: ‘Young people are much more open to contemporary serious music. They won’t have this existential crisis that they’re a concert of new choral music’

When Paul Hillier became artistic director of the National Chamber Choir six years ago, he probably had no accurate idea of what his future wou(...)

Feargal Quinn introduced the sausages into Ireland in 1973, inspired by a supermarket in Germany which built a sausage factory next door and had long queues out the door every morning.

Fears that its renowned sausages would disappear with the Superquinn name provoked nearly as much angst among shoppers this week as the news that t(...)