The performance of Mendelssohn’s youthful Octet, led by Katherine Hunka (above), buzzed with energy. The audience loved it. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

The Killaloe Music Festival has got a new lease of life, although it’s not quite the same Killaloe Music Festival that the Irish Chamber Orchestra (...)

Wide Open Opera has brought the work to Dublin. Australian baritone Barry Ryan (above) is a thoughtful Nixon 2:00

Who would have predicted that minimalism and opera would combine in a popular partnership? Back in the 1960s, the idea of operas from the likes of Phi(...)

At the opening concert in ‘Eileen Gray and Music in the City of Life’ at Imma on Sunday, there was no date of birth or death, no mention of Eileen Gray’s taste in music or her connections with composers or performers

Three concerts in one week had me thinking about musical vacuums, not because of the music on offer or the way it was played, but because of the way i(...)

Hugh Tinney chose the works on this disc through attachment and association: the two Bach preludes he played in grade exams; Chopin’s Barcarolle broug(...)

Elizabeth Cooney: capable violinist

Do you think that a concert series should be like Ronseal, and do what it says on the tin? Or should it be like Hugh Tinney ’s European Masterw(...)