National Concert Hall Female Conductor  Finale: 12 young conductors gather on Wednesday. Photograph: Mark Stedman

Paul McNamara, Beckett Chamber Music Series and NCH Female Conductor Finale

New York-based Irish clarinettist Carol McGonnell played at the Airbnb International Hub on Hanover Quay

Festival director Eugene Downes’ term to come to an end after five years at the helm

Máire Carroll

Also, Two-day festival in the Oriel from Louth Contemporary Music Society

Pianist Thérèse Fahy: commissioned new pieces from seven Irish composers, and folded in a selection of Debussy’s own piano pieces with some of his instrumental works and songs

Ireland’s Tombeau to Debussy includes new pieces from seven Irish composers and a trio of NCH concerts

Würth Philharmoniker makes its Irish debut at the NCH on Tuesday

Also: Billionaire orchestra Würth Philharmoniker, and Pipeworks at Christ Church

Javier Abreu as Lindoro and Rachel Kelly as Isabella in Rossini’s ‘The Italian Girl in Algiers’. Photograph: Frances Marshall

The festival’s favoured production style is at the gag-rich, pantomime end of the spectrum

Simon Taylor, director of the National Concert Hall. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Director Simon Taylor is at the wishlist phase for the redevelopment of the NCH

ConTempo Quartet

Also: Kaleidoscope’s last in series; Fionnuala Moynihan surveys Schubert in Triskel, Cork

Sae Yoon Chon, from South Korea, became the first Asian winner of the Dublin International Piano Competition

The groundbreaking 22-year-old from South Korea picks up €15,000 prize

Qilin Sun delivered on Corigliano’s stipulation for a ‘stark, fierce’ opening with a vengeance.

International competition has hardly changed in 30 years but has seen increased Asian participation

Josepha Madigan: faced questions on the Boaden report in the Dáil. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The review on the RTÉ orchestras is anything but balanced – even absurd in places

Fiachra Garvey rehearsing at home in Ballyknockan, Co Wicklow with his sheep dog Luas. He set up the West Wicklow Festival. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Highly acclaimed German baritone Benjamin Appl will colse the close the Dublin Song Series

OrchKids: children from Baltimore’s OrchKids initiative, which provides instruments, music education, academic instruction and healthy food. Photograph: Bill Dennison

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is working with disadvantaged schools to help open its doors to everybody

The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra: The Boaden review has called on the Government take over responsibility for the orchestra.

RTÉ has all but destroyed the National Symphony Orchestra. Should the State rescue an orchestra not fit for purpose?

Composer John Adams: Irish premiere of Four Thousand Holes

John Luther Adams, Bournemouth SO/Kirill Karabits and RTÉ NSO with Christian Vásquez

RTÉ NSO: Boaden’s achievement is to have made the unthinkable thinkable – that the broadcaster will lose an orchestra

The Boaden review says the broadcaster should jettison the NSO

Alan Rusbridger: in Galway on Sunday for an encounter with the Irish pianist Finghin Collins

Sligo International Chamber Music Festival is another highlight of the next seven days

German soprano Juliane Banse: ‘There has to be Brahms in it, or Strauss.’

Dearbhla Collins, curator/planner of the upcoming Dublin Song Series, is hard at work with German soprano Juliane Banse rehearsing(...)

Simon Rattle. I found a huge amount to admire in the LSO’s performance of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony under Rattle.

It helps, of course, that most of what was on offer was what you would call bankable fare

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra: far better equipped to do what the Concert Orchestra does than the other way around. Photograph: RTÉ

RTÉ’s management of orchestras in recent years was a calculated depreciation of assets

Members of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, one of the national broadcaster’s two orchestras. Photograph: RTÉ

Report says National Symphony Orchestra should be established as separate cultural institution

Storm Large from Pink Martini performs Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

The RTÉ Concert Orchestra’s current Essential Classics series ends with a popular selection of Schubert and Beethoven

Irish-American mezzo soprano Joyce DiDonato: described in the Guardian as “the most critically acclaimed and popular mezzo soprano of our day”

The new Irish National Opera is too risk-averse, while Wexford Festival's rare opera is not so rare anymore. And both need to enga(...)

Máire Falvin (Countess) and Tara Erraught (Susanna) in The Marriage of Figaro at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin. Photograph: Pat Redmond

Director Patrick Mason ’s light touch creates the happy illusion of a non-interventionist approach

Simon Rattle conducts the London Symphony Orchestra in Mahler’s Ninth Symphony

Choirland, a collection of 15 pieces for unaccompanied choir, goes on tour

Mezzo-soprano Gemma Ní Bhriain: the first of three recitals in the Dublin Song Series

The spoken word overlaid with music – or should it be the other way around – actually has quite a long history

‘Marriage of Figaro’ director Patrick Mason with Jonathan Lemalu, who plays Figaro

Director Patrick Mason on getting to the heart of Mozart’s ‘The Marriage of Figaro’, Irish National Opera’s new production

A promo picture for the Irish National Opera's production of 'Le nozze di Figaro'

Music Current 2018 offers a showcase of contemporary Irish electronic music

Hugh Tinney with David Orr (left) and Robin Frost (right) of  Harveys of Bristol  after 1987 Leeds competition. Photograph:  J Roberts

Founded by John O’Conor in 1988, the event gives free rein to competitors

The Far Flung Trio plays the Model, Sligo

Theodora in Clonard Monastery and Let’s Make Music in the Model, Sligo

Eamonn Quinn, co-founder and artistic director of the Louth Contemporary Music Society and winner of the prestigious Belmont Prize.

Founder of Louth Contemporary Music Society singled due to ‘burning passion for contemporary music’

ConTempo Quartet: three Saturday morning concerts with  performers from different musical backgrounds

There’s a Nordic affair at the NCH and the ConTempo Quartet mix things up in Galway

Met allegations: James Levine, who denies any wrongdoing, is suing his former employer for breach of contract and defamation. Photograph: Hiroyuki Ito/New York Times

Conductor files $6m suit for ‘kangaroo court’ decision

RTÉ NSO: the wonderful Alina Pogostkina is soloist in Khachaturian’s 1940 Violin Concerto

Taylor and Ó Drisceoil play rare two-harpsichord works; Leonskaja plays with the ICO; Pogostkina plays with the RTÉ NCO

Josepha Madigan, Minister for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht: ‘Ensuring equality across all areas of the arts requires not just fine words or putting in place good policies, it requires actions too’. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A new commissioning scheme will provide opportunity to established and emerging [female] composers to have their work commissioned(...)

Kate Ellis: celebrating women composers

Finding a Voice festival’s all-female finale; Vanbrugh & Michael McHale; Philippe Cassard

While John Harris wants to ‘salvage as much as we  can’, pressure  of time and space are weighing against him

There’s no way that the whole programme can be saved – it’s too big and too complicated for that

Russian pianist Anna Tsybuleva is touring Ireland

The Russian pianist begins her Music Network tour

Margaret, Duchess of Argyll had an extraordinary public notoriety that persists  25 years after her death at 80 in 1993.

Duchess’s sexual voracity is focus of opera with unflagging singers and INO Orchestra

A beautifully reserved account of the Cello Concerto from Alban Gerhardt

Dee Forbes wants to give the impression RTÉ is committed to maintaining two orchestras, but it has forced the NSO into a situation(...)

Charles Bullen and Charles Hayward. Photograph: Lewis Hayward

Musicians whose work will be at this week’s New Music Festival talk about their influences, ambitions and fears

Powder Her Face, National Opera House, Wexford

From the scandalous opera by Thomas Adès to new work by Crash Ensemble

RTÉ NSO offered a revised version of Deirdre Gribbin’s 2012 piano concerto, ‘The Binding of the Years’, with Finghin Collins as solois

There were, of course, multiple pleasures along the way – this was a leading Czech orchestra playing some of the greatest Czech mu(...)

A performance of Thomas Adès’s ‘Powder Her Face’

Opera is becoming ‘sexy again’ and Irish National Opera aims to capitalise on the new interest by bringing opera to the people

The Czech orchestra is playing three times at the NCH; Stutzmann’s RTÉ NSO concerts are not to be missed

Magdalena Kozena showed a  natural ease of production and expression

Magdalena Kozena makes singing seem like an entirely natural activity

Nikolay Khozyainov: 2012 Dublin International Piano Competition winner

2012 Dublin International Piano Competition winner Nikolay Khozyainov returns to NCH

Anna Devin: she is one of those singers whose sheer fluency and ease of command can quite mask the extremity of some of the demands she masters in performance

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra makes important exploration of Mozart and Rameau

Czech mezzo soprano Magdalena Kozená is the soloist with Le Concert d’Astrée at the NCH on Thursday

Emmanuelle Haïm brings French baroque to Dublin, rising star Duncan Ward conducts the RTÉ NSO; and Dublin International Piano Comp(...)

Alexander Toradze: His approach was to ignore all the music’s invitations to prattle in predictable patterns

It is designed to make players sound better than they are – but a recent performance did the opposite

Peter Whelan: he wants to work on “music that I felt passionate about but that wouldn’t get done anywhere else”

Whelan has moved from wind section to the podium as artistic director of the Irish Baroque Orchestra

The Estonian Philharmonic Orchestra return as part of the celebration of the centenary of the foundation of the Republic of Estonia

The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir/Kaspars Putninš, The Vanbrugh, RTÉ NSO/Harry Bicket

Director John Harris: lumbered with new commitments?

New Music Dublin to open with Crash Ensemble on the front steps of the National Concert Hall at sunset

Italian conductor Daniele Rustioni

Conductor Daniele Rustioni debuts with the RTÉ NSO and busy percussionist Alex Petcu gets the stage to himself

Gavan Ring, Jennifer Davis, Fergus Sheil, performing with the RTÉNSO.  Photograph: Ste Murray

Launch of new company ‘a golden moment’ and signals commitment to Irish creative talent

The Music of Our Times series at the NCH features Australian composer Brett Dean

Celebrating composer Brett Dean, Stravinsky’s Funeral Song resurfaces and composers on love

In rehearsal at the National Concert Hall ahead of the  Chamber Music Gathering,  were, from left, David McElroy (violin), Siun Milne (violin), Ed Creedon (viola), Beth McNinch (viola) and Christopher Ellis (cello). Photograph: Mark Stedman

The NCH event has a thing or two to learn from West Cork Festival

Claudia Boyle will be one of 12 leading Irish singers taking part in the Big Bang! at the NCH on Tuesday. Photograph: Kip Carroll

Chamber music at the NCH; Irish National Opera company celebrates 2018 programme with 12 top singers; and Russian conductor Stanis(...)

RTÉ Concert Orchestra:  what’s the score? Photograph: Mark Stedman

RTÉ’s role as ‘primary custodian’ of symphonic music must be challenged

American tenor Charles Castronovo appears with Claudia Boyle at the New Year’s Eve Viennese Gala at the RDS

New Year’s Eve Viennese Gala – New Year Celebration – RTÉ NSO/Alexander Shelley


Council needs to embrace idea it will no longer be sole recipient of funding

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said: ‘We should make an objective assessment of what the two full orchestras would cost and take that out of the licence fee and ringfence it.’ File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

New Music Dublin festival director claims rumoured cutbacks would have trickle-down effect

Christoph Altstaedt conducts the UlsterOrchestra for the seasonal favourite Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite at Ulster Hall

Irish Opera Artists’ Christmas Gala and A Box of Festive Delights 

Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov:  ‘What he does with his hands is technically incredible,’ according to one of  the world’s greatest living pianists,  Martha Argerich

It’s always a pleasure to meet so accomplished, so resourceful and so thoughtful a virtuoso as Russian Daniil Trifonov

Fergus Sheil: artistic director of Irish National Opera.   Photograph: Alan Betson

Company’s first production, Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, to be directed by Patrick Mason

Egyptian soprao Fatma Said performs at RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Christmas Gala

Lauma Skride, UO/Olari Elts – Ailish Tynan (soprano), ICO/Katherine Hunka (violin)

New York’s Metropolitan Opera says it will investigate allegations that its longtime conductor, James Levine, sexually abused a teenager in the mid-1980s. Photograph: AP/Michael Dwyer

‘Conversations I’ve had with victims over the years suggests that Ireland is no different in relation to these issues’

Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov performs at the NCH, Dublin, on Tuesday

RTÉ Contempo Quartet play Beethoven while Peter Whelan directs Irish Baroque Orchestra performance of Handel’s Messiah

Crash Ensemble celebrated its 20th birthday with 20 commissions which, through its CrashLands project, it brought to rural locations that it has identified as both ‘unusual’ and ‘iconic’

Taoiseach weighs in, Minister for Arts kicks to touch, Fianna Fáil comes late to the cause

JoAnn Falletta makes her Dublin debut at the National Concert Hall

Crash Ensemble celebrate 20 years with special performance and Nathalie Stutzmann leads the RTÉ NSO in Strauss and Mozart

“RTÉ’s orchestras have a singular place in Irish musical heritage,” said the national broadcaster’s head of orchestras, Aodán Ó Dubhghaill, who works for a company that has been shedding orchestral posts for a few years now. Photograph: Dave Meehan

When orchestras are silenced, society will feel the loss

Daria van den Bercken: celebrates the influence of dance music on the piano

Ted talk star Daria van den Bercken is in Galway and Russian violinist Alina Ibragimova plays an all-French programme in Drogheda

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten should be alarmed by recent comments by a member of the RTÉ Authority to Ivan Yates. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Is the strange approach to filling key posts in RTÉ’s orchestras a ploy to tear them down?

Michael McHale, soloist in Schumann’s Piano Concerto in conductor Michael Collins’s concert with the City of London Sinfonia

City of London Sinfonia with pianist Michael McHale and conductor Michael Collins, Quatuor Voce’s nine-stop tour and NI Opera stag(...)

Members of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Are they facing a merger with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra? Photograph: Mark Stedman

Cuts in RTÉ’s pool of musician employees is fuelling speculation about a merger of its two orchestras

Elaine Agnew’s ‘Make a Wish’ is one of the chosen works in ‘Music of Our Time’ at the NCH

At last, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra is presenting ‘A celebration of contemporary Irish female composers’ at the NCH

Fidelio Trio: their playing of Beethoven’s Ghost Trio had a kind of antiseptic cleanness, as if each of the three players – violinist Darragh Morgan, cellist Adi Tal and pianist Mary Dullea – were slightly cocooned from one another. Photograph: Hugo Glendinning

Its Chamber Music series is its largest yet with a welcome focus on native talent

Pianist Finghin Collins  at the launch of the New Ross piano festival on bord the ‘Dunbrody’ Famine Ship. Photograph: Mary Browne

Finghin Collins goes solo at Wexford Festival Opera

The plot of Alfano’s ‘Risurrezione’ features a man who abuses a young girl. Photograph: Clive Barda

We laugh and clap along with characters in opera whose actions would scandalise us in real life

 Risurrezione at Wexford Festival Opera. Photograph: Clive Barda

‘Medea’ misses the mark while ‘Risurrezione’ goes down a storm

Oscar Ghiglia: ‘When I play, it is as if I were teaching, in a way, and vice versa’

Italian classical guitarist Oscar Ghiglia pulls no punches when it comes to his students or his peers

Orla Boylan  stars as Eithne, daughter of the King of Tír na nÓg at the NCH.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Wexford Festival Opera begins while ‘Eithne’ is presented in a concert performance

Tine Thing Helseth plays St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin

A celebrated Swedish brass player, a master US percussionist and a Norwegian trumpeter

On Friday, the RTÉ NSO’s new principal guest conductor, Nathalie Stutzmann, showed just how significant a conductor’s intervention can be

Nathalie Stutzmann infuses the RTÉ NSO’s playing with litheness, clarity and wit on her guest debut

 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

Classical highlights: Veronika Eberle, Tallis Scholars and RTÉ Contempo Quartet

Nathalie Stutzmann: “A skinny guy will not produce the same sound as a very fat one”

Nathalie Stutzmann, the new guest conductor of the RTÉ NSO, has found two very different ways of producing sound

IBO’s artistic director Monica Huggett suggested that people imagine their performance as ‘musical vaudeville’

The IBO’s take on Mozart’s Musical Joke trample it to the level of the Dumb and Dumber movies

The Irish Chamber Orchestra

Culture Night concerts by Chamber Choir Ireland and Irish Chamber Orchestra offers 365 Variations on a Gesture

MENDELSSOHN: VIOLIN CONCERTO; HEBRIDES OVERTURE; REFORMATION SYMPHONYIsabelle Faust (violin), Freiburger Barockorchester/Pablo Her(...)

Peter OReilly, Benjamin Russell and Christopher Cull in    Benjamin Britten’s opera ‘Owen Wingrave’. Photograph: Frances Marshall

‘Owen Wingrave’ fails to come to theatrical life

RTÉ Contempo Quartet

Elisaveta Blumina in Dublin, RTÉ Contempo Quartet on tour and Irish Baroque Orchestra

MOZART: PIANO CONCERTOS NOS 25 & 26Francesco Piemontesi (piano), Scottish CO/Andrew Manze ****Linn Records CKD 544

The Navarra Quartet, above, with cellist Guy Johnston performed in Westport House at last weekend’s Westport Chamber Music Festival

Westport Festival expands from three to six concerts

KURTÁG: COMPLETE WORKS FOR ENSEMBLE AND CHOIR *****Netherlands Radio Choir, Asko|Schönberg/Reinbert de LeeuwECM New Series 481 288(...)

 David Brophy, who conducted the SinfoNua at the National Concert Hall  last weekend

Esker Festival Orchestra and SinfoNua will be among victims of musical decline at RTÉ

Téada Trio: Matt Rafter (cello), Tim Doyle (violin) and Svetlana Rudenko (piano)

Téada Trio explore synaesthesia, David Brophy conducts SinfoNua, and a choral contrast

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