Conductor Nicholas McGegan: well-heeled Americans follow him around

How much music can you fit into a lifetime? How often can you hear the pieces or performers that thrill or move you the most? How easy is it to expan(...)

Annilese Miskimmon, above, was not the only applicant with an Irish connection who applied for the job

Belfast opera director Annilese Miskimmon has been appointed to Norway’s top opera job. She will take up her new post as opera director of Den Norske (...)

Three organisations – Music in Wexford, Music in Kilkenny, and Lismore Music Festival – have lost €30,000 in grant funding from the Arts Council. Photograph: Thinkstock

The line about never letting a good crisis go to waste has been used many times. It comes up in assessments of the Government’s track record, not lea(...)

The Manuela Riedo Foundation Ireland, named in memory of the Swiss teenager murdered in Galway in 2007, has  announced its best fundraising year to date. Photograph: Manuela Riedo Foundation  website

Galway is still the only city in the State to offer both 24-hour treatment and crisis support for children who have been sexually abused. (...)

NI Opera’s staging of Puccini’s “Turandot”: set in a kind despotic oriental factory, it benefits from striking designs by Rebecca Ringst and Ingo Krügler

God knows what Gerald Barry might come up with if he were ever given a chance to design a fairground ride. There’s a fair chance he might want to desi(...)

Tara Erraught: the Irish mezzo soprano of the moment gives recitals at Wexford Festival Opera, the NCH and in Galway. Photograph: Dieter Nagl/AFP/Getty Images

The new concert season kicks off in earnest on Friday, with one of the most explosive works ever written. Stravinsky’s still awe-inspiring Rite of (...)

Horror films have always thrived on scenes featuring everyday objects moving in ways that simply shouldn’t be possible. The table raises itself off(...)

‘It’s hard to think of anyone better-equipped than Niall Doyle [above] to provide the advocacy that music and opera need in these straitened times.’ Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

On the surface there’s not that much to get excited about. Niall Doyle, who formerly held top posts with Music Network, RTÉ’s music division and Op(...)

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(...)

Paul Hillier has done Christmas collections with a number of the choirs he’s worked with, and his new disc with Chamber Choir Ireland joins a serie(...)