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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(...)

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(...)

Pianist Thérèse Fahy: commissioned new pieces from seven Irish composers, and folded in a selection of Debussy’s own piano pieces with some of his instrumental works and songs

The centenary of the death of Debussy has led to a predictable upsurge in performances of his music. Mostly it’s been a matter of one-off extras, as i(...)

Russian pianist Anna Tsybuleva is touring Ireland

Saturday, March 3rd Anna Tsybuleva Courthouse Centre, Tinahely 8.30pm €16/€15 musicnetwork.ie; and on tour to Skibbereen, Dún Laoghaire, Castlebar, (...)

Powder Her Face, National Opera House, Wexford

Saturday, February 24th   Powder Her Face National Opera House, Wexford, 8pm €30/€27, 053-9122144/1850-467372 and on tour to Kilkenny, Navan, (...)

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(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said: ‘We should make an objective assessment of what the two full orchestras would cost and take that out of the licence fee and ringfence it.’ File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Everyone seems to be on the same page when it comes to RTÉ and its orchestras. The belief that the national broadcaster is readying itself either to d(...)

Elaine Agnew’s ‘Make a Wish’ is one of the chosen works in ‘Music of Our Time’ at the NCH

SATURDAY 4 Pigeons on the Grass Alas St Thomas Parish Church, Eglantine Avenue, Belfast 7.30pm £13/£10; also Sun, Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin Adm free (...)

The works here by Christopher Fox (Sea to the West, Magnification), Linda Buckley (Númarímur), Gráinne Mulvey (Phonology Garden, Eternity Is Now) and(...)

In Schumann’s Cello Concerto, Sol Gabetta, above, made the solo part more persuasive than is usual in a work that in many performances seems to suggest more than it can deliver

Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (RCO) made a triumphant return to the National Concert Hall on Saturday. The orchestra engaged in a bit of (...)

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