John Harris

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Billy Bragg: the singer thinks the age has passed when music can act as a vehicle for social change. Photograph: Alan Betson

This week the veteran English protest singer Billy Bragg joined us for a chat on the Irish Times politics podcast (which, I am contractually obliged t(...)

Rutger Bregman argues for a 15-hour working week, a world without borders and a basic salary for every citizen. Photograph: Roberto Ricciuti/Getty Images

First, Rutger Bregman came for the globalists. In late January at Davos, the Swiss resort where the world’s political and financial elites gather eac(...)

Ensemble Musicfabrik

The New Music Dublin festival, which ran from Thursday to Sunday, has a naming problem. It’s not a problem of the festival’s making, but it’s a proble(...)

Carlos Ghosn, former chairman  of the Renault-Nissan Alliance in  2017. File photograph: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

In October 2016, Carlos Ghosn rented out the Grand Trianon in Versailles for his lavish second wedding. Hired actors in towering wigs and 18th century(...)

Wu Wei played at New Music Dublin 2018: Defrosted at the weekend.

You just can’t envy John Harris, the director of the New Music Dublin festival. At the beginning of March the so-called Beast from the East and Storm (...)

While John Harris wants to ‘salvage as much as we  can’, pressure  of time and space are weighing against him

Snow has been everywhere this last week and the New Music Dublin Festival was among the casualties. It can’t have been easy for festival director John(...)

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(...)

John Harris: arriving into a situation in which future festival themes and commissions are already in train

The capital’s biggest new music bash, the New Music Dublin festival, has a new festival director in John Harris. He is a composer and is currently chi(...)

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