Tenor Robin Tritschler was in exemplary form in the NCH John Field Room on Sunday, where his programme embraced Yeats settings with the Vanbrugh String Quartet

‘I have but one art,” declared WB Yeats, “that of speech, and my feeling for music dissociated from speech is very slight, and listening as I do to(...)

‘Kirkos’s playing was rather rough- edged, the ensemble not yet bedded in, the colours not quite true.’ Photograph: Tara Thomas

It’s turning out to be a good month for musical exploration. Last week I wrote about Kurtág’s Ghosts, in which Italian pianist Marino Formenti took(...)

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

If you’re of a certain age you’ll remember blackouts from the bad old days of ESB strikes. Different areas of the land would take it in turn to hau(...)

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(...)

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(...)