Richardt Strauss was one of three Leinster players forced off with a head injury during Sunday’s Pro 12 loss to Newport Gwent Dragons. (Photograph: INPHO/Colm O’Neill)

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor has no solution, it’s clear that nobody does, but the alarming rate of concussive injuries was evident at the RDS on Sund(...)

John Buckley is one of the most fastidious craftsmen, and the orchestra gives him the greatest palette

The featured composer for the last of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra’s Horizons concerts (NCH, February 3rd) was John Buckley who compiled a c(...)

‘Bruch never managed to reconcile himself with the direction taken by Wagner and Liszt, let alone those who built on their achievements.’ Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

You have to feel sorry for Max Bruch. He was born in Cologne in 1838, and in spite of some notable successes would spend his life in the shadow of (...)

International flanker Chris Henry was forced to withdraw from the Ireland squad on the morning of the Test match against South Africa. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

Ireland and Ulster flanker Chris Henry will undergo further specialist neurological assessment to determine why he suffered what has been confirmed “(...)

‘Juan Diego Flórez’s voice has a pleasing immediacy. His tone is forward and highly focused. The delivery is stylish and musically true’

In late October it takes something big to draw the attention of opera lovers away from the activities of the Wexford Festival. But it does happen. (...)

Na’ama Goldman and Igor Golovatenko. Photograph: Eric Luke

Salomé *** Antoine Mariotte was not the first composer, and won’t be the last, to set a text without first acquiring the rights. His misfortune was ex(...)

Szymanowski absorbed influences from Chopin and Richard Strauss in his youth, later from Debussy, Ravel and Scriabin, the Orient and its mythologie(...)

Gábor Takács-Nagy: his Haydn is anything but routine

The new orchestral season got under way in earnest last week: the Irish Chamber Orchestra was in action at the RDS in Dublin on Thursday and the RT(...)

Kelley Lonergan: She sounds like a natural. Her voice is lovely to listen to, and she makes it sound as if it’s easy to produce

Composers write music about the strangest of subjects, and that’s probably to be expected when there are words involved. But it would have been a rema(...)

Brian O’Driscoll: Matt O’Connor maintained he’ll be okay for next Saturday’s semi-final game against Ulster at the RDS.

The end-of-season play-offs have a decidedly familiar ring to them, with Leinster earning their fifth home semi-final, Glasgow and Munster each in the(...)