This strongly performed collection opens with Vaughan Williams’s folksily pastoral 1944 Oboe Concerto. The Scottish and Irish traditional music inf(...)

‘This year was marked by lots of flaws, the most annoying being a frequent insistence on unnecessary loudness.’ Photograph: Jason Clarke Photography

There’s always a lot to think about at the Dublin International Piano Competition. It was nearly impossible to listen to the 63 young players who p(...)

John Buckley is one of the most fastidious craftsmen, and the orchestra gives him the greatest palette

The featured composer for the last of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra’s Horizons concerts (NCH, February 3rd) was John Buckley who compiled a c(...)

Helsinki in summer is a delight, its streetscapes of Russian-influenced architecture illuminated and lifted by the interplay of the midnight sun and t(...)