Top, Donnacha Dennehy and Colm Tóibín. Bottom, Joseph Conrad and Roger Casement. Photographs: Britt Olsen-Ecker, Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images, George C Beresford/Getty Images

All this week, the National Concert Hall’s Imagining Home series of concerts is inviting artists to examine Irish identity, history and the legacy of(...)

Catherine Hammond painting.

MONDAY McKenna’s Fort The New Theatre, Dublin. Previews Mar 21-22. Opens Mar 21-Apr 2 7.30pm €16/€12.50 thenewtheatre.com With the centenary of the(...)

The Last Hotel: Claudia Boyle as  the elegant Irish woman

The Last Hotel Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh **** It seems like an innocuous question, asked by a chatty Irish woman of a hesitant English couple w(...)

‘Of all the arts centres and theatres outside of Dublin where I’ve heard OTC productions, the Solstice [above] in Navan is in a league of its own.’ Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Music Network’s December 10th concert was one of those annual thank-yous to stakeholders and friends. On December 13th the Crash Ensemble played th(...)

“We come from very different backgrounds”: Fergus Sheil (left) and Brian Irvine.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Fergus Sheil is a conductor who works with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and is artistic director of Wide Open Music and Opera Theatre Compan(...)

Alvin Lucier sat impassively, letting his engineer see what he could do. Photograph: Amanda Lucier

Talking to Alvin Lucier for the interview published on this page last Friday, I asked him whether his piece I Am Sitting in a Room was as straightf(...)

Lang Lang:  there may be nothing better for a man with such startling facility and strong ideas than music so new that its performing traditions have yet to be established

When I went to hear Lang Lang in Birmingham earlier this month, the person seated next to me was a Chinese girl, who struck up a conversation a(...)

O’Kane faces a much easier situation in Dublin than the one facing the Ulster Orchestra (above) in Belfast

When I think of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra I often think of the man from Finglas. This particular man is an (...)

John Wilson: ‘takes the players of the RTÉCO to a new level of responsiveness. They sound like a better band when he is in charge’

There is nothing like competition to keep people on their toes. Or so we’re told. But when it comes to the larger end of the orchestral reperto(...)

You only have to look at Ireland’s Crash Ensemble (above) and Concorde to see how divergent programming patterns can be

History is written by the victors. And that applies to musical history, too: Mozart and Beethoven rather than Clementi; Wölfl or Steibelt; Wagner rath(...)