Dolmen House, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2, just off St Stephen’s Green

Irish law firm Arthur Cox is to sell an office block it owns at Earlsfort Terrace in Dublin 2 after moving to a newly built headquarters at the juncti(...)

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys: could have drawn up a gender-equality policy that would apply to any organisation or individual receiving funding from her department. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Kilkenny Arts Festival found itself in a scrap about gender balance when it announced its classical programme last month. Laurence Mackin’s report on (...)

Marc-André Hamelin: the most difficult thing about piano playing is “the ability to be able to hear yourself during performance the same way the public is hearing you. And that’s a very tall order.”  Photograph: Sim Cannetty-Clarke

It’s rare for two leading pianists to team up to play music for four hands, either in duets on one piano, or as a duo on separate instruments. The per(...)

 Finbar Wright pictured backstage at the National Concert Hall. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Are you a saver or a spender? My uncle Arthur preached that saving was both presumptuous and unimaginative. Firstly, believing you would be around t(...)

   Chris Thile: mesmerising performance. Photograph: Scott Dudelson/Getty Images

It was not without certain misgivings that I attended the National Concert Hall on Tuesday night to hear a performance by Chris Thile, described on po(...)

Singer/mandolin player Chris Thile of The Punch Brothers: ‘I didn’t think music could get more important, but there’s an urgency to the endeavour right now, owing to the political climate, in America and around the world’. Photograph: Scott Dudelson/Getty Images

Chris Thile wants to get a badge made for his next tour that says “Hi, I’m Chris, I’m from America and I’m sorry.” The Grammy-winning mandolinist fro(...)

“What I always think about in terms of art in any form is tolerance,” says 16-year-old spoken word artist Natalya O’Flaherty. “People may not underst(...)

 Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner: “Just because we have the internet, there is no God? That’s not how it really works. At the end of the day it’s not like were not going to die.” Photograph: Roger Kisby/Getty Images Portrait

Conversations with Stephen Bruner, or Thundercat as he is better known, tend to mix the practical and the intangible. A bass player of supreme ability(...)

Gerald Barry’s Alice’s Adventures Under Ground: European premiere with the Britten Sinfonia  at the Barbican in  November 2016. Photograph:  Mark Allan

Gerald Barry claims the idea for his latest piece struck him in the midst of a fever. “I was in Birmingham, sick in a hotel with a horrible flu, feeli(...)

Wide Open Opera’s production of “The Barber of Seville”. Will Opera Theatre Company, Lyric Opera and Wexford Festival Opera also throw their hats into the ring?

The Arts Council’s problematic handling of opera has been well aired in these pages. Happily, the council’s latest move on opera funding is in a posit(...)