Grieg’s Holberg Suite in triplicate – seriously! Two of the versions are Grieg’s own mid-19th-century reshapings of the baroque, his original for pian(...)

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 (...)

‘Engaging and sometimes crusty’: Harrison Birtwistle, who gave a public interview at the New Music Dublin festival. Photograph: Getty

In the world of classical music, contemporary music has a bad name. The undesirable reputation attaches itself to new music, too, just as it did in(...)

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(...)

Ian Wilson: his interesting writing for strings was constantly supplanted by the jazz trio and its improvised solos

‘What isn’t music?”A composer put this twist on the classic question – what is music? – at a public interview during the Kilkenny Arts Festival. It wa(...)

Tractor factor at Moynalty Steam Threshing Festival

Fair of Muff – what do those three words conjure up in your mind? They transported me back 400 years to a bawdy Stratford-upon-Avon; I imagined it to (...)

Elan has not confirmed the payment. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Elan is reported to have paid more than $250,000 dollars to a former director after its board reported him to the Securities and Exchange Commission ((...)

Guitarist Roland Dyens

The first concert of the Guitar Festival of Ireland was given at Marlay House on Thursday by the French guitarist, composer and arranger Roland(...)