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The biggest faux pas is the complete omission of one of the country’s most successful composers, Jennifer Walshe

Composing the Island is quite simply off the scale when it comes to the celebration of Irish composers. The festival, which will run from September 7(...)

Simon O’Connor’s set of intimate songs, imagining 1916 through the experience of the wives of the rebel leaders, is currently on tour

The first musical celebration of the 1916 centenary that I came across was Simon O’Connor’s Left Behind, which was first heard in Dublin this time la(...)

“Nathalia Milstein made plenty of sound, but her personal voice doesn’t yet seem capable of carrying the full import.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

If there is one thing Nathalia Milstein, winner of last year’s Dublin International Piano Competition, is not lacking, it is guts. For the competitio(...)

‘Left Behind’ is a set of songs marking the Rising through poems by Simon O’Connor (above), which imagine 1916 and its fallout through the experiences of the wives of the rebel leaders. Photograph: Eric Luke

The landmark musical celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising was a specially commissioned cantata. Brian Boydell’s A Terrible Beau(...)