Emma Martin

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Chiaroscuro quartet plays at The West Cork Chamber Music Festival in Bantry

The big summer festivals are on the way. The Great Music in Irish Houses festival June 11th-16th, the West Cork Chamber Music Festival June 29th to Ju(...)

Most cultural boards are unpaid, and the best you can hope for are some half-decent biscuits. Photograph: iStock

As the cliche goes: if you like being on committees, you shouldn’t be on committees; but the first time I was asked to go on the board of a cultural i(...)

SUNDAY 3 Before Bach & After III St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street 3.30pm €20/€15 chamberchoirireland.com Chamber Choir Ireland’s current concert se(...)

Only a really curmudgeonly purist would allow objections to the prominence of dance spoil their enjoyment. Photograph: Irish National Opera

Orfeo ed Euridice ★★★★ Galway International Arts Festival What do you risk by asking a choreographer to direct an opera? If the choreographer import(...)

Mezzo-soprano Sharon Carty stars in Orfeo at the Town Hall Theatre in Galway

Orfeo Galway International Arts Festival Monday 23rd, Wednesday 25th, Thursday 26th, Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th 8pm €40/€30 giaf.ie It’s an al(...)

The festival’s street art and spectacle includes Museum of the Moon, a giant moon featuring detailed Nasa imagery of the lunar surface by artist Luke Jerram, at NUI Galway’s Human Biology Building. Photograph: Carl Milner Photography

The Irish summer festivals are well under way, and one of the biggies, Galway International Arts Festival, kicks off two weeks of action on Monday. Th(...)

Director Emma Martin and conductor Peter Whelan during rehearsals for Irish National Opera’s production of 'Orfeo ed Euridice' at Galway International Arts Festival. Photograph: Jeda de Brí

Emma Martin is about as disarming a person as you could hope to meet. She’s a dancer and choreographer who’s making her first foray into directing ope(...)

Galway International Arts Festival: Stanley Townsend stars in Paul Muldoon’s Incantata

World premieres of Paul Muldoon’s Incantata, two new plays, by Sonya Kelly and Cristin Kehoe, from Druid, and a new theatre installation from Enda Wal(...)

Peter Whelan: he wants to work on “music that I felt passionate about but that wouldn’t get done anywhere else”

The last time I interviewed Peter Whelan, in 2011, I carried out a background check in my listings files. I came up with a number of Peter Whelans who(...)

Monica Frawley’s sketches for ‘The Red Shoes’

Perched in the back stalls of the Gate theatre, I am watching a late-morning rehearsal of The Red Shoes, Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale of dance (...)

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