Australian composer and viola player Brett Dean will make his performing debut with the Irish Chamber Orchestra in Monkstown. Photograph: Keith Wiseman

Wednesday, September 11th ICO/Brett Dean Monkstown Parish Church irishchamberorchestra.com Australian composer and viola player Brett Dean makes his (...)

Conor Biggs (standing) and Michel Stas’s  huge Schubert song survey, Schubertreise will open the 54-concert series

Everyone loves them, those compositions where different composers are invited to write different parts of the one work, or write pieces on the same or(...)

Percussionist Colin Currie

Normally, the bread-and-butter programming of Great Music in Irish Houses comes mostly from the core classical repertoire. Last week, the 49th ed(...)

Nicole Lizée: clearly a woman with a fascination for film

The festival season starts in earnest every year in the run-up to the May bank holiday weekend. And all the major musical festivals have divulged deta(...)

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 (...)

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