Pianist Finghin Collins  played Stravinsky’s Septet for Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon, Piano, Violin, Viola and Cello with the Irish Chamber Orchestra in the RDS.

One of the most striking aspects of the Irish Chamber Orchestra’s concert in the RDS last Thursday evening was the subtle way in which visual eleme(...)

Mel Mercier: ‘A wonderful thing about gamelan music is it’s quintessential ensemble music’

The gamelan, a collection of traditional Javanese percussive instruments, has been skirting the periphery of our musical landscape for more than tw(...)

Horror films have always thrived on scenes featuring everyday objects moving in ways that simply shouldn’t be possible. The table raises itself off(...)

David Lang: the line-up of his festival featured composers with an average age of 54 and a range of works with an average year of composition around 2000

For two days last weekend the National Concert Hall was taken over by What? . . . Wow, David Lang’s Festival of Music 2015. Lang is the Los Angeles(...)

 David Lang, whose Man Made will be performed by the RTÉ NSO and So Percussion

A parakeet squawks from a cage in US composer David Lang’s Soho loft in downtown New York. His mate died recently, and Lang was concerned he would (...)

Electric Picnic in Stradbally, Co Laois, which takes place in early September. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

JANUARY Yeats 2015 All year A national celebration of the life and work of the Nobel prize-winning poet, with an extensive programm(...)

‘Beloved on the Earth’ by composer Linda Buckley, above, is an evocative, subtly coloured piece that is consistently engaging

Charles Hazlewood’s words, at the National Concert Hall last Tuesday lunchtime, echoed down the week. Introducing the first of his four Great Symph(...)

John Wilson: ‘takes the players of the RTÉCO to a new level of responsiveness. They sound like a better band when he is in charge’

There is nothing like competition to keep people on their toes. Or so we’re told. But when it comes to the larger end of the orchestral reperto(...)

Soprano Michelle O’Rourke: has cultivated a back-to-nature vocal loveliness. It’s mesmerising in small doses, but less impressive over longer spans

It has to be a world-record attempt. I’m talking about a new series of concerts, The Irish Canon, promoted by the Association of Irish Composers. The (...)