Nathalie Stutzmann, the new principal guest conductor of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra,  begins her tenure with a programme at the National Concert Hall on Friday

RTÉ NSO/Nathalie Stutzmann National Concert Hall, Dublin Friday, September 29th 7.30pm €13-€35 nch.ie The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra’s new princ(...)

Martin Hayes Quartet: Martin Hayes, Liz Knowles, Doug Wieselman and Dennis Cahill

Deep in the bowels of the National Concert Hall Martin Hayes and Barry Douglas are sitting at a table in an empty dressing room. They’ve just arrived (...)

Conductor Cristian Macelaru: a performance full of hustle, bustle and excitement

What does a conductor do with an orchestra? Well, according to the US-based Romanian conductor Cristian Macelaru, he finds a way to let the musicians (...)

If a way were found to appoint Simon Rattle (above), Mariss Jansons, Gustavo Dudamel or Bernard Haitink as principal conductor of the NSO, the standard would rise, as would attendances

The times they are a-changing. Both of RTÉ’s orchestras were in action last week in strong outings under their principal conductors. On Friday the RT(...)

Conductor Nicholas McGegan: well-heeled Americans follow him around

How much music can you fit into a lifetime? How often can you hear the pieces or performers that thrill or move you the most? How easy is it to expan(...)

For Courtney Lewis, above, Haydn is a bedrock of the repertoire. Photograph: Travis Anderson

Haydn has not been having a good time with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. A work as popular as his Clock Symphony has been neglected for more t(...)

George Enescu could play whole operas from memory and almost everything by Bach

Memory is suddenly in the air. Last Thursday in The Irish Times Siobhán Long discussed the Clare Memory Orchestra with its founder, composer and gu(...)

Kirill Petrenko, music director at the Bavarian State Opera,  is to become artistic director and chief conductor at the Berlin Philharmonic, one of the world’s most renowned orchestras. Photograph: Wilfried Hoesl/Bayrische Staatsoper Handout via Reuters

The Berlin Philharmonic has picked Kirill Petrenko, a 43-year-old Russian who is music director at the Bavarian State Opera, to become its chief condu(...)

New breed: Simon Rattle works as readily with period-instrument players as with symphony orchestras. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/EPA

It seemed like a great idea for the Royal Irish Academy of Music to devise an event called Ten Thousand Miles Away and use it to explore “the special (...)

John Wilson, principal conductor of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, during rehearsals at the National Concert Hall. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

When I meet John Wilson, it is late in the afternoon, and he has just done six hours of rehearsals for a Gershwin gig with the RTÉ Concert Orchestr(...)