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(...)

Jennifer Davis, left, and Anna Devin have both developed the kind of healthy, strong delivery that singers need to project in larger halls and opera houses

Life is full of near misses, not least when it comes to casting in movies and television. Bing Crosby was the original choice to play the shabby, a(...)

Swedish soprano Maria Keohane: gets to the heart of everything with unfailing potency and point. Photograph: Anna Thorbjörnsson

The sheer scale of the West Cork Chamber Music Festival is always challenging to come to terms with. There’s music from morning to night, and the e(...)

A Stradivarius violin. Photograph: Leemage/UIG via Getty Images

Most of us close our eyes from time to time in order to concentrate on a thought. Our minds are distractible. Quite how distractible is (...)

Paul Hillier: ‘Young people are much more open to contemporary serious music. They won’t have this existential crisis that they’re a concert of new choral music’

When Paul Hillier became artistic director of the National Chamber Choir six years ago, he probably had no accurate idea of what his future wou(...)

Sir John Tavener: his music was performed at the funeral of Diana, Princess Of Wales, in 1997. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

John Tavener, one of Britain’s most celebrated composers whose music was played at the funeral of Princess Diana, died at his home in southwest Englan(...)

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(...)