David Brophy

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Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said: ‘We should make an objective assessment of what the two full orchestras would cost and take that out of the licence fee and ringfence it.’ File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Everyone seems to be on the same page when it comes to RTÉ and its orchestras. The belief that the national broadcaster is readying itself either to d(...)

Angela’s Ashes, the animation

Is there a trick to cooking Christmas dinner in minutes rather than slaving over a chopping board and a hot oven for hours? Order it from a deli or su(...)

Elaine Russell with her daughters Grace (11 months) and Laura (8)  at their home in Foxrock. Elaine has brought the UK organisation ‘Women Returners’ to Ireland and is pioneering the concept of ‘returnships’ with companies here. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

“Children are young for such a short time” is an argument used both for and against the idea of a parent taking time out of the workplace to stay at h(...)

Téada Trio: Matt Rafter (cello), Tim Doyle (violin) and Svetlana Rudenko (piano)

Music and the Senses NCH John Field Room, Dublin Friday September 1st 1.05pm €15 nch.ie The Téada Trio – Tim Doyle (violin), Matt Rafter (cello), and (...)

Handel’s Radamisto: The music-making, with David Brophy conducting the Irish Chamber Orchestra, was strong, sturdy but also a little stiff

If you take the overture and opening scene of Handel’s Radamisto as a cue for what is to come, you will figure that you are in for a good time. And, m(...)

Karl Jenkins: one critic has described him as classical music’s “Marmite Man”

For several weeks recently, my Dublin neighbourhood was mystified (or at least I was mystified on its behalf) by a daily broadcast of the Muslim call (...)

The concert ended with Gerald Barry’s From the Intelligence Park (1986), a collage-like piece, sometimes calmly mono-linear, sometimes fiercely aggressive

The Composing the Island festival at the National Concert Hall, surveying the past 100 years of music in Ireland, has presented a lot of music that h(...)

Bruno Caparoni, soprano Rebecca Rodgers, mezzo-soprano Bríd Ní Ghruagáin and tenor Ross Scanlon in rehearsals at Carlisle Memorial Church, Belfast

“A great man for the booze my father was . . . ” “Selling coal from a hole in the coal yard wall . . . ” “You utter nob!” The words carry a swing, (...)

Composer Shaun Davey created the new orchestral work with poet Paul Muldoon. Photograph: Barry Cronin

One Hundred Years a Nation, a new orchestral and choral work to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising has received its world premiere. Thousands (...)

Paul Muldoon: “We are certainly within our rights to reclaim the significance of the Easter Rising from some of the gangs that have hijacked it.” Photograph: Tony Pleavin

About 30 years ago, a mischievous BBC producer invited me to adapt The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn for a 20-minute radio script. Never one to turn(...)

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