‘Back in the 1990s I told Judith Woodworth [above], then the director of the NCH, that music itself was way down the agenda in the hall’s own promotional activities. Her response was unexpected.’ Photograph: Frank Miller

The new year is always a time for a special kind of reflection. We think about the events and achievements of the past 12 months and look forward t(...)

Opening show: Hugh Tinney and Catherine Leonard, who played at, and are joint artistic directors of, Westport Festival of Chamber Music

It’s not just when times are good that good things happen. Dublin Grand Opera Society, which dominated operatic life in Dublin for nearly seven decade(...)

O’Kane faces a much easier situation in Dublin than the one facing the Ulster Orchestra (above) in Belfast

When I think of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra I often think of the man from Finglas. This particular man is an (...)

John Wilson: ‘takes the players of the RTÉCO to a new level of responsiveness. They sound like a better band when he is in charge’

There is nothing like competition to keep people on their toes. Or so we’re told. But when it comes to the larger end of the orchestral reperto(...)

Piano technician Martin Walsh is fully on the side of Hamburg Steinways over the New York-made version

The website and printed material for the new Dublin International Piano Festival & Summer Academy are emblazoned with a night-time image of the Co(...)

 Alan Buribayev launches the NSO season with a free concert today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Oftentimes the things that matter most are not the ones that are talked about the most. Think of practices in the medical profession that can c(...)