David Bremner

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Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys: could have drawn up a gender-equality policy that would apply to any organisation or individual receiving funding from her department. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Kilkenny Arts Festival found itself in a scrap about gender balance when it announced its classical programme last month. Laurence Mackin’s report on (...)

The works here by Christopher Fox (Sea to the West, Magnification), Linda Buckley (Númarímur), Gráinne Mulvey (Phonology Garden, Eternity Is Now) and(...)

In Schumann’s Cello Concerto, Sol Gabetta, above, made the solo part more persuasive than is usual in a work that in many performances seems to suggest more than it can deliver

Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (RCO) made a triumphant return to the National Concert Hall on Saturday. The orchestra engaged in a bit of (...)

David Bremner featured as pianist and composer at Echoes and Memories, curated by Gráinne Mulvey

The world of the classical concert is a highly ritualised affair. The dress code for performers is as formal as it is for weddings, although there ar(...)

‘Bruch never managed to reconcile himself with the direction taken by Wagner and Liszt, let alone those who built on their achievements.’ Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

You have to feel sorry for Max Bruch. He was born in Cologne in 1838, and in spite of some notable successes would spend his life in the shadow of (...)

Owen Gilhooly (Papageno) and Chloe Morgan (Papagena) in The Magic Flute

Since its inception in 2010, the Lismore Music Festival has performed in the stable yard of Lismore Castle. A three-sided marquee has covered the audi(...)

Jörg Widmann: approached Mendelssohn with the licence of an interpreter who takes composer-like possession of the music

When it comes to musical prodigies, Mendelssohn outshines even Mozart. There is a great difference in scale, to be sure. Mozart, toured and pro(...)

The hops were chosen after a blind testing by the band’s lead singer Bruce Dickinson who counts himself as something of a beer aficionado.

How do you distinguish yourself in a field where hundreds of emerging craft beers are vying for public attention? Two years ago the Brit(...)