Barry Douglas: ‘My parents paid £1.50 a year for me to have piano lessons, it was heavily subsidised’

To all of you who have ever sat back and let the soothing strains of beautiful music wash over you, lulling you into much-needed relaxation, here’s a (...)

‘Wexford Festival Opera has long traded on its political nous and influence in the corridors of power.’

Silence is golden. But not when you’re an Arts Council client waiting to hear about your annual grant.  Each year the council hears about its ow(...)

Dublin Dance Festival, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s Rosas Danst Rosas, Photograph:  Anne Van Aerschot

Dreaming in Blue Until February 14th Harry Clarke’s dreamy The Eve of Saint Agnes is at the Hugh Lane in Dublin, but you can see his wonderful waterco(...)

Nathalie Stutzmann, principal guest conductor of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra 2018. Photograph: Simon Fowler

Irish theatre put forward its best gender-neutral aspirations last week. Ten leading organisations in Dublin, Cork and Galway got together and announc(...)

Sebastian Heindl: senior section winner of 2017’s Northern Ireland International Organ Competition

Saturday, July 30th West Cork Chamber Music Festival Various venues; Bantry, Co. Cork; until Sunday, July 8th; westcorkmusic.ie The West Cork Chamber(...)

Heading to Bantry for the West Cork Chamber Music Festival: Cédric Pescia,  Fiona Kelly, Nurit Stark, David Faber and Dudok Quartet, and Nathalia Milstein

  Nathalia Milstein Nathalia Milstein, French pianist Why the piano? My father is pianist. My mother is a violist. So I was sur(...)

Deirdre O’Donovan, development manager, West Cork Chamber Music Festival:  “It’s important enough to keep stress at bay. Money counts as nothing compared to health.”

Are you a saver or a spender? I’m a spender, but not beyond my means. Well, not too much beyond the credit card’s means. Do you shop around for bett(...)

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 National Concert Hall held its second Chamber Music Gathering last Saturday. The hall’s chief executive Simon Taylor describes the three-concert e(...)

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 Gathering NCH Kevin Barry Recital Room, Dublin, Saturday January 6th, 11am; NCH Studio, Saturday January 6th, 1pm; Newman Univer(...)

German-Korean violinist Viviane Hagner

Every year the West Cork Chamber Music Festival is a musical matchmaker’s gamble. Musicians are brought together from around the world and, apart from(...)

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