The music at Killruddery House is always given in the orangery, a special high-ceilinged conservatory for growing fruit trees

At some point during last Thursday’s concert I found myself thinking about happiness. It was day three in this year’s Festival of Great Music in Irish(...)

Martin Hayes,  Stephen Rea and  performers from Loosysmokes, Elaine McCague and Deirdre Griffin, at the Kilkenny Arts Festival 2016 programme launch. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ghosts in caves, surprises in gardens and Mozart in the Marble City are all in store at this year’s Kilkenny Arts Festival (KAF). Festival director(...)

Pianist Barry Douglas’s gutsy playing was often an edge-of-the-seat experience

It was like old times at Kilkenny Arts Festival. The new director, Eugene Downes, put classical music right back at the heart of this year’s festiv(...)

Portrait of Beethoven  by Joseph Karl Stieler

  ALFRED BRENDEL Pianist “Beethoven. Grand master of chamber music, sonata, variation and symphony. What other composer covered, w(...)

The Gloaming will perform at St Canice’s Cathedral in August

Eugene Downes knows something about journeys. He has made countless trips in a career built on advancing Irish arts worldwide. As a former chie(...)

English clarinettist Michael Collins (above) was first brought to Ireland by John Ruddock. Collins says Ruddock was ‘a real enthusiast, he loved certain composers, others were a no-no for him . . . Thank goodness for the passion. And behind the scenes we had some fantastic times.’

It was the late John Ruddock who first brought English clarinettist Michael Collins to Irish audiences. On March 1st, 1982, he presented him at Villie(...)