Opera of a different kind featured on Dublin’s streets over the weekend in Things We Throw Away (above). A public street with pedestrians passing around and sometimes through the performing space is not exactly an easy spot for pop-up opera. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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

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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(...)