The title page of the printed programme for the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra’s concert at the National Concert Hall on Friday has a banner headline “Towards 2022”. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

What are you looking forward to in 2022? The Winter Olympics? The Fifa World Cup? The Commonwealth Games? Or, perhaps less likely because they are ann(...)

Italian pianist Alessandro Taverna, has become a regular visitor to Ireland since taking the third prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition of 2009

THURSDAY 14 ICO/Thomas Zehetmair Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin, 8pm, €25/€22/€10/€5, irishchamberorchestra.com; also Fri, Limerick The public profi(...)

Members of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra: it’s inconceivable that RTÉ could run the NSO and the Concert Orchestra with a total of less than 100 players.  Photograph: RTÉ

The first time I witnessed ballistic was in 1981. Charles Haughey had just appointed Fred O’Donovan to the chairs of both the RTÉ Authority and the ne(...)

Orla Boylan  stars as Eithne, daughter of the King of Tír na nÓg at the NCH.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Friday, October 13th Classical RTÉ NSO/Jamie Martin National Concert Hall, Dublin, 7.30pm, €15-€35/€13-€31 nch.ie Jaime Martin’s concert with the R(...)

The concert ended with Gerald Barry’s From the Intelligence Park (1986), a collage-like piece, sometimes calmly mono-linear, sometimes fiercely aggressive

The Composing the Island festival at the National Concert Hall, surveying the past 100 years of music in Ireland, has presented a lot of music that h(...)

The front page of The Irish Times on Friday, March 19th, 1965. Photograph: The Irish Times

The 17th Dáil has been dissolved and a general election is on the horizon. The leader of Fine Gael at the time, James Dillon, invites the press to Le(...)