Pianist Barry Douglas’s gutsy playing was often an edge-of-the-seat experience

It was like old times at Kilkenny Arts Festival. The new director, Eugene Downes, put classical music right back at the heart of this year’s festiv(...)

Portrait of Beethoven  by Joseph Karl Stieler

  ALFRED BRENDEL Pianist “Beethoven. Grand master of chamber music, sonata, variation and symphony. What other composer covered, w(...)

The Gloaming will perform at St Canice’s Cathedral in August

Eugene Downes knows something about journeys. He has made countless trips in a career built on advancing Irish arts worldwide. As a former chie(...)

English clarinettist Michael Collins (above) was first brought to Ireland by John Ruddock. Collins says Ruddock was ‘a real enthusiast, he loved certain composers, others were a no-no for him . . . Thank goodness for the passion. And behind the scenes we had some fantastic times.’

It was the late John Ruddock who first brought English clarinettist Michael Collins to Irish audiences. On March 1st, 1982, he presented him at Villie(...)