Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, whose music will be heard again in March at the New Music Dublin festival and in Louth  Contemporary Music Society’s Stations of the Sun in Dundalk in June. Photograph: Andrew Campbell

In October 2015 news of Waking the Nation, the Abbey Theatre’s 2016 season, begat Waking the Feminists. The issue was the paltry representation of wom(...)

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(...)

Belfast-born composer Deirdre Gribbin’s new piece   Kindersang addresses the   movement that brought 10,000 Jewish children to safety in Britain and Northern Ireland in the months before the outbreak of the second World War

Francis Humphrys, director of the West Cork Chamber Music Festival – which runs in Bantry until Sunday July 8th – is by nature a protester. Give him a(...)

Sae Yoon Chon, from South Korea, became the first Asian winner of the Dublin International Piano Competition

The triennial Dublin International Piano Competition is catching up. Last time around, in 2015, it chose its first ever female winner, France’s Nathal(...)

ConTempo Quartet: three Saturday morning concerts with  performers from different musical backgrounds

Saturday, March 24 3 Saturdays: 3 Kinds of Music Mick Lally Theatre, Druid Lane, Galway 11am thegalwaymusicresidency.ie The Galway Music Residency’s (...)

Powder Her Face, National Opera House, Wexford

Saturday, February 24th   Powder Her Face National Opera House, Wexford, 8pm €30/€27, 053-9122144/1850-467372 and on tour to Kilkenny, Navan, (...)

RTÉ NSO offered a revised version of Deirdre Gribbin’s 2012 piano concerto, ‘The Binding of the Years’, with Finghin Collins as solois

The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra was in town last weekend, for two evening programmes and an afternoon family concert. As you would expect the focus w(...)

Nikolay Khozyainov: 2012 Dublin International Piano Competition winner

TUESDAY 13 Nikolay Khozyainov (piano) NCH, Dublin 8pm €12-€20 nch.ie – The Dublin International Piano Competition’s promotional cycle is getting into(...)

In rehearsal at the National Concert Hall ahead of the  Chamber Music Gathering,  were, from left, David McElroy (violin), Siun Milne (violin), Ed Creedon (viola), Beth McNinch (viola) and Christopher Ellis (cello). Photograph: Mark Stedman

The National Concert Hall held its second Chamber Music Gathering last Saturday. The hall’s chief executive Simon Taylor describes the three-concert e(...)

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