Sinead Cambell-Wallace in Alcina by the Opera Theatre Company which got a rise in funds from €640,000 to €680,000 for 2015. Photograph: Kip Carroll

The Arts Council funding allocations for 2015 have stability as their main focus. In this year’s allocations, just announced, most organisation(...)

The anime and manga convention Eirtakon is one of this weekend’s events and includes a cosplay masquerade and Yule Ball. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Eirtakon ConventionOrganised by Dublin City University’s Anime and Manga Society, the 10th annual anime and manga convention will be held at the Croke(...)

A Stradivarius violin. Photograph: Leemage/UIG via Getty Images

Most of us close our eyes from time to time in order to concentrate on a thought. Our minds are distractible. Quite how distractible is (...)

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 (...)

Attacca remain young not only in appearance and spirit, but also in sound
Review: Attacca Quartet
  • Music
  • February 28, 2014, 17:05

Attacca Quartet St Finian’s Lutheran Church, Dublin *** John Adams – John’s Book of Alleged Dances (exc). Beethoven – String Quartet i(...)

Iain Ballamy: ‘I think of them as different sides of something, rather than different somethings. But the people who like to bag music up and put it into genres struggle with that.’

Iain Ballamy is a quiet man, not a bit like a 46A. However, in common with the bus to Dún Laoghaire, the acclaimed English saxophonist is apt to keep (...)

Pat Moylan, outgoing chair of the Arts Council, in the council’s offices on Dublin’s Merrion Square. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Pat Moylan is in the unusual position of sitting at nearly all the seats at the artistic table. On the one hand, she is an expert on what theatre audi(...)

German-born composer Paul Hindemith (1895-1963). Photograph: Erich Auerbach/Getty Images

Leonard Bernstein was a great talker about music. In these pages, conductor Marin Alsop told of how, at the age of nine and already a seasoned concert(...)

David Redmond: Roots
  • Music
  • October 4, 2013, 00:00

Dublin bassist David Redmond showcases his own darkly intense compositions and makes his debut as leader on the respected New Talent imprint from B(...)

This is the debut CD of the Cappa Ensemble, winners of Music Network’s Young Musicwide Award in 2009. The Cappa allow rather more light into Bridge(...)