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(...)

Der Vampyr’s idea of flowing off the stage into the auditorium was carried out with an aplomb that Mahagonny got nowhere near. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

June was an interesting month for opera. Two works that were once the preserve of the Wexford Festival came to Dublin and Cork. Weill’s Rise an(...)

Swedish soprano Maria Keohane: gets to the heart of everything with unfailing potency and point. Photograph: Anna Thorbjörnsson

The sheer scale of the West Cork Chamber Music Festival is always challenging to come to terms with. There’s music from morning to night, and the e(...)

Bantry House: auctioneers Lyon & Turnbull said they hoped to raise about €1 million from the sale of the house’s contents, which include paintings, furniture, books and French tapestries. Photograph: Lyon & Turnbull /PA Wire

The contents of Bantry House in west Cork – one of Ireland’s best-known stately homes – will be sold at auction this autumn. One of Scotland’s leadin(...)

Chi-Chi Nwanoku is a double bassist and a founder member of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Chi-Chi Nwanoku is a double bassist and a founder member of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. The eldest of five children of a Nigerian fathe(...)

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 (...)

Bloomsday, June 16th

January Out to Lunch 2-26 From Eamon Dunphy to Edna O’Brien, this Belfast festival has an eclectic line-up of music, spoken word and comed(...)

Rosemary Collier, director of The Kilkenny Arts Festival, with members of Macnas. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Rosemary CollierDirector of Kilkenny Arts Festival What is your favourite festival? West Cork Chamber Music Festival, not just because Francis Humphry(...)

The Vanbrugh Quartet

The west Cork Chamber Music Festival in Bantry went out in a blitz of energy on Saturday, with the combined RTÉ Vanbrugh and Jupiter String Quartets i(...)

Composer Gerald Barry: not afraid to break his own rules. Photograph: Alan Betson

Composers are cheats. They have to be. It’s what they do. They inherit rules and practices, learn how things should work and how to make them work tha(...)

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