Belfast conductor Courtney Lewis stands out as someone who is prepared to go that extra mile in shaping the nuance and colour of the orchestra’s playing. Photograph: Travis Anderson

The work of an orchestra is never done. A few days’ rehearsal leads to a concert, and then it’s on to the next programme. The personnel doesn’t cha(...)

Owen Gilhooly (Papageno) and Chloe Morgan (Papagena) in The Magic Flute

Since its inception in 2010, the Lismore Music Festival has performed in the stable yard of Lismore Castle. A three-sided marquee has covered the audi(...)

Wind players are heavily indebted to the Paris Conservatoire’s tradition of commissioning test pieces from the leading composers of the day. Debuss(...)

You only have to look at Ireland’s Crash Ensemble (above) and Concorde to see how divergent programming patterns can be

History is written by the victors. And that applies to musical history, too: Mozart and Beethoven rather than Clementi; Wölfl or Steibelt; Wagner rath(...)

John Wilson makes his debut as principal conductor of the RTÉ CO in a Hollywood Rhapsody programme on Thursday. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

It was so quick and quiet that you might not have noticed it, but there’s been a major departure from the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. Two days be(...)

Claire Booth

Claire Booth ENGLISH SOPRANO What’s your idea of musical heaven? Probably not singing. Probably listening to a big Debussy-fest or a Berg-(...)

This selection of 20th-century British works is mostly at the lighter end of the scale. The Sonatinas by Malcolm Arnold and Joseph Horovitz, wr(...)