Sound and fury: why have we surrendered our right not to have to listen to muzak in shopping centres, restaurants and other public places? Photograph: iStockphoto

Like a lead-booted diver, I trudge around the shopping centre trying to escape the cosh of muzak. Integral to the centre’s architectonics, muzak pollu(...)

George Enescu could play whole operas from memory and almost everything by Bach

Memory is suddenly in the air. Last Thursday in The Irish Times Siobhán Long discussed the Clare Memory Orchestra with its founder, composer and gu(...)

Paul Ben-Haim (1897-1984) was born Paul Frankenburger in Frankfurt, and worked in opera houses in Munich and Augsburg before settling in Palestine (...)

Hugh Maguire

Violinist and conductor Hugh Maguire, who has died aged 86, co-founded the Irish Youth Orchestra, was a distinguished chamber musician and orchestra l(...)