Igor Stravinsky at Dublin Airport in 1963. Photograph: Tommy Collins

‘Why the sudden attention on Stravinsky?” someone asked me at RTÉ’s Stravinsky in Focus event at the National Concert Hall last weekend. Because he’s(...)

The new Ortús Festival is the brainchild of two young musicians, violinist Mairéad Hickey and cellist Sinéad O’Halloran

There was bad news last month for two long-standing music series, Music in Kilkenny and Music for Wexford, and the opera-focused Lismore Music Festiv(...)

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 (...)

HJ Lim: gives the impression that, musically speaking, punctuation and cadence are of little concern to her

Korean pianist HJ Lim created quite a stir three years ago. She arrived on the recording scene in spectacular style in her mid-20s. EMI Classics to(...)

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A couple of years ago I had my ear bent by music lovers who were so upset about the severity of orchestral cutbacks in RTÉ that they seemed to be s(...)

Tenor Robin Tritschler was in exemplary form in the NCH John Field Room on Sunday, where his programme embraced Yeats settings with the Vanbrugh String Quartet

‘I have but one art,” declared WB Yeats, “that of speech, and my feeling for music dissociated from speech is very slight, and listening as I do to(...)

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato sang with a kind of effortless aplomb, as if singing of beauty and precision were something that could just be made to happen

The New York Philharmonic’s appearance at the National Concert Hall on Thursday was anything but orthodox for a visiting orchestra. There was no bi(...)

Friday’s programme showed that, under its current chorus master, Mark Hindley (above), standards at the RTÉ Philharmonic are high

RTÉ has been quick off the mark in celebrating the 30th anniversary of the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir. The choir joined the RTÉ NSO at the NCH on Frida(...)

What were your cultural highlights of 2014? Jörg Widmann’s sparky advocacy of Mendelssohn with the Irish Chamber Orchestra. A perfectly balance(...)