This carefully conceived Schubert recital, recorded in concert in May 2014, ventures well beyond the familiar and popular. Bostridge’s highly p(...)

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

‘The super-short concert is a very interesting concept. The one at Happy Day Enniskillen International Beckett Festival by French soprano Léa Trommenschlager (above) with pianist Julius Drake, was a model of its kind’

The winner of the inaugural ESB Feis Ceoil Orchestral Conducting Competition in April was Elaine Kelly from Cork. It’s good to see the Feis taking (...)

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(...)

The Vanbrugh Quartet

The west Cork Chamber Music Festival in Bantry went out in a blitz of energy on Saturday, with the combined RTÉ Vanbrugh and Jupiter String Quartets i(...)

Vadim Gluzman

To see why the West Cork Chamber Music Festival in Bantry is so special, and why it commands a listenership of more than seven million people via Euro(...)

The wonder is not that Alice Coote has poached what’s usually seen as the male preserve of Schubert’s (...)