Enda Bates

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Conor Walsh’s posthumous album The Lucid will be released on March 15th. Photograph: Mark McGuinness

On a Friday evening, three years ago this month, Fiona Walsh was relaxing with friends at a dinner party in Dún Laoghaire. She was a final year UCD me(...)

Siobhán Cleary: declined a lucrative Arts Council commission on the basis of gender bias. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The news that an established Irish composer declined a lucrative Arts Council commission on the basis of gender bias has to be a matter for serious co(...)

 The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock: giving Jim Larkin and James Connolly the epic musical treatment

A concept album in four movements based around the infamous 1913 Lockout in Dublin? If it doesn’t exactly sound like easy listening or a drivetime cla(...)

Jennifer Walshe: seems to feel like a musical foundling who arrived in the world with enthusiasms that don’t fit with the culture around her. Photograph: Eugene Langan, copyright Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland

In the early 20th century composer Johnny O’Connor-Murphy wrote an opera titled The Hound of the Baskervilles in Ballydehob. It has been described (...)

Séamus Crimmins: “I think I have done all I can to consolidate the standing of the ensembles and, in particular, to lift artistic standards while facing down unprecedented financial challenges”

Most music lovers in Ireland take it for granted, as if it’s the natural order of things. RTÉ is the dominant force in the country’s orchestral life, (...)