Christoph Croisé and Oxana Shevchenko show this limited composer in his best light

Charles Villiers Stanford, who was born in Herbert Street in 1852 and died in London in 1924, was a major musical figure in his lifetime

Music programme to focus on Stanford’s composing rather than his catalogue of pupils

Time is stilled on Perkin’s new release

Alison Krauss and Robert Plant. Photograph: David McClister

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss; Matthew Halpin; John Francis Flynn; Haydn/Brahms

Laoise O’Brien couldn’t have chosen a better time to take up the cause of championing the recorder

‘What I loved about it, and no disrespect to my flute-playing colleagues, was the camaraderie’

Modest Mussorgsky Unorthodox Music    by Claire Booth and  Christopher Glynn

The celebrated song-cycles are sliced through for samples rather than presented completely

Another album from lockdown, Robinson is aided by pianist Gary Beecher

Elsewhere: Michael Gallen’s new opera was sparked by the seizure of Monaghan asylum in 1919. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Michael Gallen’s polyglot minimalist music captures energy of historic Monaghan strike

Elaine Kelly: ‘Opera is the ultimate’

Elaine Kelly forged a dynamic path with Irish National Opera during lockdown

Michael Gallen and Fiona Monbet. Photograph: Shawn Fitzgerald

Michael Gallen on the event in his home county that inspired a new opera at the Abbey Theatre

IBO artistic director and harpsichordist Peter Whelan. Photograph: Marco Borggreve

IBO musicians choose which of these celebrated Bach concertos they like the most

Work commissioned as part of project by Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Sinéad Campbell Wallace: ‘It’s kind of like driving a very different car,’ she says of the change in her voice. Photograph: Kip Carroll

Going back to singing was a challenge – not least because her voice had changed

The final performance of The 47th Saturday is on Thursday, October 28th at 3.30pm.  Photograph: David Sleator

Wexford Festival Opera: Young cast cope well with demands of Andrew Synnott’s music

German tenor Burkhard Fritz brings Heldentenor fervour and intensity to the paranoid Leontes

Wexford Festival Opera: The opera is more engaging in the moment than as a whole

I Capuleti e i Montecchi: Capellio (Rory Dunne) and ensemble. Photograph: Clive Barda/ ArenaPal

Wexford Festival Opera: A young cast takes on Bellini’s challenging music

Le Songe d’une Nuit d’Été: Hasmik Torosyan as Elizabeth, Tommaso Barea as Falstaff and Valentina Mastrangelo as Olivia.  Photograph: Clive Barda/ArenaPal

Wexford Festival Opera: Action is neatly handled, but the real flaw is the music

Wexford Festival Opera: Anne Sophie Duprels as Edmea, Ivan Shcherbatykh as the Count of Leitmeritz, and Leon Kim as Ulmo. Photograph: Clive Barda/ArenaPal

Wexford Festival Opera: Chorus and orchestra overcome Covid-restricted numbers with gusto

Wexford persuaded the government to fund the new Wexford Opera House but, if Daly is to be believed, there was no strategy for maintenance or refurbishment. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Karina Daly’s fascinating book is lean on links with RTÉ, Arts Council and Mazars

Flynn’s takes on the Irish tradition can come across as rather too emblematic

Christian Blackshaw: ‘I [had] to learn Mozart’s D minor Fantasy, K397. And, maybe through that, I realised what an extraordinary force this person is’

The English performer will play a concert devoted to the Salzburg prodigy in October

The chorus for Salomé prepare to go onstage in 2014. Photograph: Patrick Browne.

Artistic directors past and present recall the memorable moments from the festival

American composers Cowell, Rzewski and Monk are the attractions here

Sligo pianist Tiffany Qiu opened the festival with a confident free midday recital. Photograph: Mary Browne

New Ross Piano Festival was back in action with some transcendent performances

Tiffany Qiu. Photograph: Olivia da Costa

Five performers on the lows and highs of lockdown – and what comes next

Nicola Cleary: ‘Even without knowing it, I just thought of Sligo as someplace that I thought we could put down our roots.’

Artistic director Nicola Cleary aiming to bring continental enthusiam to the west

Nicholas Daniel took up the oboe  when he was 10 and eight years later won the 1980 BBC Musician of the Future Competition. ‘If I was able to talk to that 18-year-old, I think I would say, just trust the process, because everything that’s meant to happen will happen.’

The Westport-bound musician talks about his career and how the pandemic has radically changed his priorities

Julius Eastman: his deep, sepulchral voice, incommensurate with his slight figure, conveyed the solemn authority of a prophet.

A fiery pianist, and a singer of phenomenal range and power

Ferenc Rados and Kirill Gerstein achieve a rare intimacy on these duets for one piano

Giselle Allen as Elektra. Photograph: Ruth Medjber

Belfast soprano on music, acting and her career route to Strauss’s angry, angular role

Trio finds the colours and ebb and flow to bring out the mystery in the Ravel

Rachel Goode in A Thing I Cannot Name. Photograph: Jeda de Brí/Irish National Opera

A Thing I Cannot Name is a collaboration between the two that explores ugly side of desire

The Scottish composer’s music displays a spicy spirit; the best of it is jocular in tone

Bernie Sherlock: ‘The first week back we were only allowed have 15 singers. We met in Phoenix Park and we tried for about 15 minutes to sing in the open air on the grass. It was just so bad’

Conductor Bernie Sherlock’s concert with Chamber Choir Ireland streams this week

Sean Shibe  is coming to Ireland for a concert in the Dublin International Chamber Music Festival.

The guitarist uses the instrument to explore colour in an ‘overtly physical and tactile way’

In sure hands, the nail-plucked, metal-strung Irish harp displays an ethereal magic

Violinist Daniel Rowland and pianist Natacha Kudritskaya helm this appealing collection

Fiachra Garvey at home in Ballyknockan, Co Wicklow, with his sheep dog Luas: He did not feel predestined to be a performer. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Pianist and farmer talks about agriculture, classical music and protecting his hands

American soprano Angela Meade is returning for a special concert this year.

Director Rosetta Cucchi is looking forward to anniversary celebrations after a tough lockdown

Sensitive performances with a focus on pieces for piano with violin

Dego seems to have developed an immediate affinity for Paganini’s violin

John Harris: ‘How do we make music together, when we can’t come together to make music?’

New Dublin Music’s John Harris on factors beyond his control and keeping streamed performances fresh

Works by Irish composer Raymond Deane enclose a much longer piece by Ukrainian Valentin Silvestrov

Mischa Maisky: ‘I would love to have been a singer. But, okay, I don’t have the voice, so I try to play and record songs on the cello’

The Israeli cellist plays the final concert of Music for Galway’s online-only cello festival

Tara Erraught, Peter Whelan and the Irish Baroque Orchestra evoke Dublin in the 1700s

Anna Devin: ‘For me, the most difficult thing is not working with other people and being at home and trying to just practise on your own all the time. That’s not what singers do’

The soprano on ‘grieving for the music industry’, childbirth and singing in La bohème

The ever-pliant Antoine Tamestit plays a Stradivarius viola and Cédric Tiberghien an 1899 Bechstein piano.

Antoine Tamestit and Cédric Tiberghien play with individuality and intimacy

Pianist Ellen Jansson will be playing Fanny Mendelssohn’s Das Jahr, a cycle of 13 pieces, on Sunday March 7th as part of the Finding a Voice festival

Clonmel’s Finding a Voice festival of music by women composers is going online this year

The most striking of the Irish projects Michael  is Gallen’s. Photograph: ShawnFitzgerald

Michael Gallen’s Straymaker, Wexford Festival Opera and Irish National Opera make list

Pieces by Jane O’Leary, Peter Dickson Lopez and Corrina Bonshek still resonate

The quartet achieves a well-nigh perfect balancing of parts that seems impossible

Richard Strauss went his own wild way, as this selection of chamber works shows

Finghin Collins: ‘It’s the first time in my life that I’ve actually had time to sit down and say what do I want to learn that I don’t necessarily need to learn for an actual engagement’

The pianist on Music for Galway and working on his repertoire during lockdown

Quatuor Danel will play the 17 string quartets by Mieczyslaw Weinberg. Photograph: Marco Borggreve

Artistic director Francis Humphrys is responding to Covid by adding more shows

The Irish-American composer wore a range of musical hats

The first in Louth Contemporary Music Society’s series of pandemic recordings

Setting up a shot from Benedict Schlepper-Connolly’s Dust. Photograph:  Kip Carroll

Irish National Opera commissioned 20 short operas that were composed and quickly produced for video

Elain Agnew on being a composer in Ireland: “There could have been more pathways, more support, more opportunities.”

Composer’s Galway 2020 community project postponed twice during pandemic

Christopher Bell

Once a communal activity, choral singing has been a high-risk one during the pandemic

The Kinsale composer’s work is dominated by morphings of electronic sounds

Whelan’s airy, sprightly approach captures well the pleasurably frisky energy

NCH chair Maura McGrath says €8 million allocation from Budget 2021 to transfer the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra under the remit of of the concert hall will “sustain symphonic music in Ireland”.

Major redevelopment and Symphony Orchestra to be transferred under NCH remit

Singer Celine Byrne and pianist Rosetta Cucchi at the National Opera House in Wexford

First-rate soloists and the Wexford Factory enliven binge-watching this year’s Wexford Festival Opera online, a Festival in the Ai(...)

Lisette Oropesa: “I’ll be in rehearsal and I’ll feel fine, I’ll feel like we’re back in old times. And then, for a split second, I’ll remember, oh, yeah, wait, this is 2020, there’s a virus out there.”

American soprano talks of Vienna audiences and opera in a time of pandemic precautions

Widmann makes a passionate plea for this brilliant but oft-neglected German composer

The German recorder player explores how ‘earworms’ burrowed into European music

 The members of the inaugural Wexford Factory, pictured in the National Opera House. The inaugural Wexford Factory, a professional development academy for young Irish/Irish-based singers began this week. Photograph: Mark Stedman

Singers will appear in Waiting for Shakespeare and Falstaff and more

Galway ConTempo Quartet: ‘For me, the pinnacle of the RTÉ residency was that we got the chance to do the Beethoven cycle and the Béla Bartók cycle around the country’

The Galway ensemble, celebrating 25 years together, say they’ve learned from lockdown

Recordings have atmospheric vividness and rich spatialisation

Ronan Leahy and Naomi Louisa O’Connell in Irish National Opera’s Least Like The Other, Searching for Rosemary Kennedy in association with Galway International Arts Festival in the Black Box Theatre. Photograph: Pat Redmond

Pandemic forced young company to revamp plans and find ways of performing online

Review: Irish composer’s soft-edged songs are perfect for nostalgic reconnection

Sebastian Adams of Kirkos Ensemble: I was always drawn to trying to do weirder things

The Biosphere Project is a sonic adventure outdoors, says co-director Sebastian Adams

Pure-voiced Caitríona O’Leary and friends draw on a range of medieval musical sources

Six works on album sounds disarmingly home-spun

Principle conductor of the Irish Chamber Orchestra. Photograph: Marco Borggreve

Energetic German talks lockdown listening, mooching through Munich and pining for crowds

Waiting for Shakespear...The Festival in the Air is an eight-day online celebration

An unhackneyed Schubertian journey through the cycles of the year

Edinburgh International Festival director Fergus Linehan: ‘We decided to say to everyone, whatever we’ve agreed for this year, we’ll honour it into 2021’

This year's Edinburgh festival is off – but only postponed, says its Irish head, Fergus Linehan

Individual players in the orchestra could work on their own parts from their own homes

Covid-19 restrictions did not stop INO from creating Seraglio - an upcoming mini-series

Composer Gavin Bryars(on double bass, in front of pulpit) performing with Music Generation Louth students at St Nicholas Church of Ireland, Dundalk, in June 2018. Photograph: Alannagh Brennan

Using online communication as substitute for the traditional face-to-face music lesson is a complicated undertaking

 A Wexford Festival Opera  dress rehearsal of Risurrezione. Photograph: Alan Betson

Effective controls on artistic expenditure appear to have been nonexistent

Swan Hennessy. Photograph: Roger Viollet via Getty

Hibernophile musicologist Axel Klein has had to use detective work to fill in the blanks

The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. Photograph: RTÉ

Michael Dervan: Reducing numbers at concerts will be very tough on box offices

The National Youth Orchestra of Ireland performing at The National Concert Hall, Dublin in January 2018.  Photograph: Mark Stedman

Today it’s a pandemic. A century ago it was the advent of radio, the talkies and muzak

Russian-born composer Igor Stravinsky (1882 - 1971) seated at a piano, 1929. Photograph: Boris Roger Viollet/Getty Images

From Stravinsky to Schoenberg, composers differed in their treatment of global events in the 20th century

Germany’s Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the Bayreuth Festival (above), both scheduled through July and August, and Oktoberfest, due to begin in late September, have been cancelled. Photograph: Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images

With most summer events cancelled, the picture for autumn is looking a lot less clear

Social distancing on the Luas amid the Covid-19 crisis. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Michael Dervan: Contemporary Music Centre’s list of unrealistic demands is shameful

Director of Creative Ireland Tania Banotti, Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe and Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan give a media briefing at Government Buildings on Friday April 3rd. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

You have to wonder what the Government’s cultural mandarins are actually thinking

Tara Erraught: was rehearsing at the Met when, ‘after four and a half week’s rehearsals they cancelled at 1.15pm on the day of the opening night’

Cancelled events have hit Jonny Byers, Peter Whelan and Tara Erraught hard

Krzysztof Penderecki, who has died in Kraków, Poland on Sunday aged 86

Krzysztof Penderecki had a remarkable career, but was most proud of his arboretum

 Irish tenor John McCormack painted by Sir William Orpen in 1923. He cut his teeth at Feis Ceoil. Photograph: Christies/PA Wire

Coronavirus ravages cultural schedule but online musical archives will reward raiding

Yasko Sato as Teodora in Il Bravo by Mercadante, at Wexford Festival Opera in 2018, can be viewed on YouTube. Photograph:  Clive Barda/ArenaPAL

Covid-19 has shut concert halls and productions, but you can watch safely on the web

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