Graham Norton in Bantry. Photograph: Darragh Kane

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‘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

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Julian Milone, whose elaboration of Bach’s Chaconne in D minor by way of an orchestration of Mendelssohn’s piano part made little sense

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