When the Hungarian violinist Barnabás Kelemen played Szymanowski’s Second Violin Concerto with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in November he spo(...)

‘A truly international series of concerts in Croke Park and around the country with artists such as Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Vedran Smailovic (above) and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and a rich mix of Irish and “world” music, literature and visual image would show that Ireland is no insular, introspective island on the edge of Europe but an open-minded, creative force for true independence of spirit and action.’ Photograph:  EVSTAFIEV/AFP/Getty Images

A cellist stands in the midst of war and plays music to mourn the dead and defy the killers. A historic handshake between a former IRA leader and the (...)

Claire Booth

Claire Booth (soprano), Peter Manning (violin) (...)

Bold, angular lines intersect this timely reimagining of Seán Ó Riada’s widely admired 1968 mass by Uzbek composer Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky, commissioned(...)

Paul Hillier’s ‘ability to navigate the atlas of choral repertoire must be second to none’. Photograph: Frank Miller

It’s an old adage that talking about music is like dancing about architecture. But sometimes one little word makes all the difference. And at o(...)