‘Kirkos’s playing was rather rough- edged, the ensemble not yet bedded in, the colours not quite true.’ Photograph: Tara Thomas

It’s turning out to be a good month for musical exploration. Last week I wrote about Kurtág’s Ghosts, in which Italian pianist Marino Formenti took(...)

The Vanbrughs, whose final years at RTÉ were marked by patchy publicity and promotion, may well feel that they have had a narrow escape

A couple of years ago RTÉ announced changes to its support of chamber music. The national broadcaster didn’t propose to wipe the slate clean: RTÉ’s(...)

Enrico Pace is a class act, a man who understands what a vast range of sonorities a piano can be coaxed into yielding. Photograph: Marco Borggreve

Social life thrives on conventions. People dress up for a wedding, eat dessert at the end of a meal, and try not to make noise while they eat. The (...)

On Sunday afternoon Beatrice Berrut calmly revelled in multiple layers of genius and beauty

If you’re a festival director performing in your own festival, you’re like a player-manager in football: the sole aim of your team selection has to(...)

 A scene from the Berlin Schaubuhne theatre production of Hamlet directed by Thomas Ostermeier which opened at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre last night as part of the 2014 Dublin Theatre Festival. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Fingal Film Festival This year’s Fingal Film Festival hosts more than 60 films and innovative workshops, running until tomorrow. Events will be(...)

Gábor Takács-Nagy: his Haydn is anything but routine

The new orchestral season got under way in earnest last week: the Irish Chamber Orchestra was in action at the RDS in Dublin on Thursday and the RT(...)

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(...)

Robyn Dann-Cooney, Oni McNamara, Aoife Harrison and Aileen Palmer with their cake at the birthday party to launch the 18th Baboró International Arts Festival for Children in Ard Bia at Nimmos at Galway’s Spanish Arch yesterday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

  Ireland’s international commitment to the importance of culture and creativity for the very young is a theme of this year’s Baboró Inter(...)

Sir John Betjeman: “The bold turrets so suited in their mouldings and terminations to the beautiful granite of which they are constructed . . . ” he wrote,  “make Monkstown church one of my first favourites . . . ”

Monkstown Parish Church (Anglican) will be focal point for the first Music in Monkstown (MiM) festival next weekend. It begins on Friday with music by(...)

 John Lynch who died along with this partner Kevin Devine Crete.

Tribute has been paid to the late John Lynch by colleague John Finucane, principal clarinet with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and founder of th(...)