James Galway

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Elain Agnew on being a composer in Ireland: “There could have been more pathways, more support, more opportunities.”

Saturday, December 12th, is a black day for composer Elaine Agnew. It was the day she was finally supposed to see the first performance of her communi(...)

(From left) President Patrick Hillery with Lindsay Armstrong of the New Irish Chamber Orchestra,  as well as Garech Browne and his wife Purna, at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, in May 1982. Photograph: Peter Thursfield/The Irish Times

Lindsay Armstrong’s new book, The Manager’s Tale: New Irish Chamber Orchestra 1970-1980, gives one man’s view of a remarkable achievement in Irish mus(...)

James Galway: His readiness to speak his mind extends to the banter he likes to engage in with his audiences

James Galway will turn 80 on Sunday. But the RTÉ Concert Orchestra got in early and held its celebration at the National Concert Hall last Wednesday. (...)

Phil Coulter and a wall of gold records in 1984. Photograph: Tim Roney/Radio Times/Getty

THE EUROVISION WINNER, ‘ANTHEM’ WRITER AND HITMAKER LOOKS BACK ON HIS DERRY CHILDHOOD, OFTEN TRAGIC FAMILY LIFE AND MANY ADVENTURES IN THE MUSIC WO(...)

The excitingly, wilfully dynamic Jean-Christophe Spinosi. With the NCH out of action the ICO is going to find its options even more limited as other promoters suck up viable alternatives.

The media in Ireland and Britain are writing, talking and agonising about Brexit, an event that has not happened yet. Mutterings are already under way(...)

Crash Ensemble celebrated its 20th birthday with 20 commissions which, through its CrashLands project, it brought to rural locations that it has identified as both ‘unusual’ and ‘iconic’

Just in case you missed it, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has weighed in on the controversy about cutbacks at RTÉ’s orchestras. He was put on the spot by a D(...)

The delicate bell-shaped flowers of the ornamental climber Clematis alpina. Photograph:   Richard Johnston

The average Irish garden is getting smaller. Not literally shrinking, I should add (because that sort of thing only happens in Tim Burton movies), but(...)

US vice-president speaks at the Ireland Funds 40th celebrations  in Trininty College. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Ireland Funds celebrates its 40th birthday this year. The brainchild of Irish businessman Sir Anthony O’Reilly and American entrepreneur and forme(...)

Sir James Galway, a world-renowned flautist, said Ian Paisley snr was indirectly responsible for some deaths during the Troubles in a BBC Radio Ulster interview. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ian Paisley snr’s family has sought legal advice after Sir James Galway suggested the late former first minister was indirectly responsible for some o(...)

The Emerson Quartet are no strangers to the challenges and possibilities of the recording studio, and they have nine Grammy awards to prove it

A celebrated composer once told me about an experience he’d had in the recording studio. A highly-regarded group had recorded one of his ensemble p(...)

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