Ed Bennett

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Contralto and conductor Nathalie Stutzmann: her Bach singing was finely focused and powerfully suggestive.

Quatuor Mosaïques are no strangers to Ireland or Kilkenny Arts Festival. This celebrated period-instruments string quartet made its Irish debut all of(...)

Kilkenny Arts Festival 2019: Rough Magic is staging Much Ado about Nothing. Photograph: Ste Murray

Two new collaborations with Rough Magic Theatre Company and a promenade production of Thomas Kilroy’s novel The Big Chapel staged in the town of Calla(...)

Cherry Smyth: ‘I spotted a poster advertising an exhibition about Queen Victoria, and as I looked closer, I saw that someone had scrawled the words ‘IRISH FAMINE’ across her forehead.’

Cherry Smyth was hurrying through a London tube station in 2012 when she suddenly realised she needed to know more about the Famine. For the Antrim-bo(...)

Director John Harris: lumbered with new commitments?

There’s a great, thought-provoking line by GK Chesterton in which he claims that “if a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly”. I first came ac(...)

The Music of Our Times series at the NCH features Australian composer Brett Dean

Tuesday, Jan 16 Music of Our Time NCH, Dublin 1.05pm €5 (students & teachers free) nch.ie The first of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra’s Mu(...)

Gerald Barry: His “treatment somehow intensifies, if that is imaginable, the topsy-turviness of Lewis Carroll’s imagination”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Musical taste is as complex and confounding as the rules of attraction. You can argue about it, but taste is one of those things that people don’t hav(...)

Ed Bennett: “When I started composing over 20 years ago, the lesser spotted Irish composer seemed something of a rare creature”

We asked a range of Irish composers about the sounds that most evoke Ireland, about how their concerns and sounds have changed, and about the state of(...)

 Pianist Finghin Collins  played Stravinsky’s Septet for Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon, Piano, Violin, Viola and Cello with the Irish Chamber Orchestra in the RDS.

One of the most striking aspects of the Irish Chamber Orchestra’s concert in the RDS last Thursday evening was the subtle way in which visual eleme(...)

‘Kirkos’s playing was rather rough- edged, the ensemble not yet bedded in, the colours not quite true.’ Photograph: Tara Thomas

It’s turning out to be a good month for musical exploration. Last week I wrote about Kurtág’s Ghosts, in which Italian pianist Marino Formenti took(...)

Opera of a different kind featured on Dublin’s streets over the weekend in Things We Throw Away (above). A public street with pedestrians passing around and sometimes through the performing space is not exactly an easy spot for pop-up opera. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

If you’re of a certain age you’ll remember blackouts from the bad old days of ESB strikes. Different areas of the land would take it in turn to hau(...)

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