Anthony Long

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‘The work of Irish composers has suffered from the same kind of do-goodery that has hampered the Irish language.’ File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Last Friday’s concert by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) set my mind racing. It wasn’t anything to do with George Jackson’s conducting of t(...)

Jaime Martín, the new chief conductor of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra.

Jaime Martín was in town last week for his second appearance as the new chief conductor of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. He took part in a pre-(...)

 The title page of the printed programme for the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra’s concert at the National Concert Hall on Friday has a banner headline “Towards 2022”. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

What are you looking forward to in 2022? The Winter Olympics? The Fifa World Cup? The Commonwealth Games? Or, perhaps less likely because they are ann(...)

Spain’s Jaime Martin, principal conductor of the RTÉ NSO

The Association of British Orchestras (ABO) held its big talking shop in Belfast last week, hosted by the Ulster Orchestra. The theme for the ABO’s an(...)

Mezzo-soprano Sharon Carty stars in Orfeo at the Town Hall Theatre in Galway

Orfeo Galway International Arts Festival Monday 23rd, Wednesday 25th, Thursday 26th, Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th 8pm €40/€30 giaf.ie It’s an al(...)

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

There has not been much light cast on the future of RTÉ’s orchestras since the publication of the Boaden review last month. However, Minister for Cult(...)

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

It’s probably a combination of factors that has had me thinking about audience sizes. There was the announcement of the redevelopment of the National (...)

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

RTÉ has now formally announced the “review of its provision of orchestral services” that I wrote about in this column last week. The tone of the anno(...)