Friday Night Sessions with Fergus Sheil

In a normal year next Friday would see the first of more than 80 events – chamber music concerts, quartet masterclasses, artist interviews, instrument(...)

Pianist Cédric Tiberghien and violinist Alina Ibragimova. 

The climax of Music for Galway’s Midwinter Festival, presented in association with Galway 2020 at the Town Hall Theatre last weekend, was a performanc(...)

Russian violinist Alina Ibragimova and French pianist Cédric Tiberghien

Russian violinist Alina Ibragimova and French pianist Cédric Tiberghien first played together in 2005 when they were both members of BBC Radio 3’s New(...)

Kazuki Yamada gave a viscerally thrilling account of Richard Strauss’s Alpine Symphony in May. Photograph: Marco Borggreve.

Professionally, opera is a big beast, an institutional behemoth that’s hard to turn around. Irish National Opera, which will turn two in January, didn(...)

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, which is without a principal conductor and recently lost its leader, Helena Wood

The Government has spoken about the future of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. Last week the Cabinet “authorised the initiation of discussions on (...)

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(...)

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

Tuesday, November 21 The piano has been dancing Emily Anderson Concert Hall, NUI Galway. 8pm, €18/€20/€6 musicforgalway.ie The Dutch-Russian pianist (...)

Dave Flynn’s nose for the timely, publicity-friendly, anti-establishment gesture is not to be denied. Photograph: John O’Neill

September’s three-week festival Composing the Island (National Concert Hall, Wednesday 5th to Sunday 25th) was bound to ruffle feathers. It’s a huge (...)

The wonder of Mark Padmore’s singing is not to do with beauty of tone, although there is plenty of that – it’s to do with the pliability of line

The highlights of last week’s West Cork Chamber Music Festival were vocal. And English tenor Mark Padmore was responsible for both: Schubert’s Winter(...)

Martin Hayes,  Stephen Rea and  performers from Loosysmokes, Elaine McCague and Deirdre Griffin, at the Kilkenny Arts Festival 2016 programme launch. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ghosts in caves, surprises in gardens and Mozart in the Marble City are all in store at this year’s Kilkenny Arts Festival (KAF). Festival director(...)

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