Composer Brian Irvine

The Ark, Dublin ****   This classical concert for children aged four and up is composed by Brian Irvine, with lyrics by John McI(...)

‘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(...)

Composer Gerald Barry: not afraid to break his own rules. Photograph: Alan Betson

Composers are cheats. They have to be. It’s what they do. They inherit rules and practices, learn how things should work and how to make them work tha(...)

H H H Galway’s ensemble in residence, the ConTe(...)