Benjamin Hulett: soloist sounded at all times as if he owned the music.

The Irish public, it seems, can never get enough of Handel’s Messiah. It’s bankable for choral societies at any time of the year, though the tradition(...)

Bosco meets Erik Sprague aka The Lizardman in Dublin’s Smithfield for the 2016 Laya City Spectacular. This year’s event takes place from July 7th-9th (Dublin), 15th-16th (Cork). Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

JANUARY Out to Lunch January 6th-29th Take a trip to Belfast for a mind-expanding programme that includes music from James Vincent McMorrow, a live(...)

Simon Taylor, chief executive of the National Concert Hall, Dublin. “For Tiny Portraits in Tiny Rooms, we’re going to put a musician in a room and get people to come in, one or two at a time and listen to one piece.”

NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL Dublin, March Simon Taylor, chief executive, National Concert Hall How are your preparations going? Some of the smaller-scale ev(...)

Along with the centenaries of two Russian revolutions, next year will also mark the 50th anniversary of a rather more benign event that, even so, mark(...)

Sarah Crowe, Emily Doyle, Maria Doyle and Katie Stoker Phelan of the RTÉ Cór na nÓg children’s choir  in Croke Park in December 2013. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Christmas is fast approaching, and with it comes the usual deluge of seasonal songs. Some are totally timeless and their arrival on the airwaves every(...)

Teen hero: Conor Oberst embodied the youthful self-centredness I already possessed in bucketloads.

My teenage bedroom is a source of both pride and shame. When I go back to that small, square room I am left face-to-face with the evidence of some emb(...)

Comedian and writer David O’Doherty brings his new show, Big Time, to Whelan’s, Dublin on December 15th, 16th 17th and 18th.

We’ve picked some suitably seasonal events that are sure to help you celebrate all that’s best about the festive season Uplifting cathedral choirs (...)

 Aine Hyland, emeritus professor of education at UCC. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

BIOGRAPHY Áine Hyland has been one of the most influential figures in Irish education over the past 50 years. After serving initially as a civil se(...)

A frame from ‘The Battle of the Somme’ showing a soldier carrying a wounded comrade.

The Battle of the Somme was an almost unmitigated disaster from a British military point of view, but if it achieved nothing else, it made a piece of (...)

Professor Shane Bergin (left): running  workshop with students on  the sound of science at the National Concert Hall this evening.  Photograph: Naoise Culhane

If you’re not ready to fork out tens of thousands of euro to get your hands on a lovingly hand-crafted violin, perhaps you can spend a couple of hour(...)