John O'conor

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Members of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Are they facing a merger with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra? Photograph: Mark Stedman

It was only last year, when working on the book The Invisible Art, A Century of Music in Ireland 1916-2016, that I came to realise the full enormity o(...)

Veronica Dunne: Ireland’s most influential singing teacher. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Tuesday, August 1st RTÉ CO/Robert Houlihan NCH, Dublin, 1.05pm, €12, nch.ie It’s all Russian fare as the RTÉ Concert Orchestra takes over the summe(...)

Wolfgang Rihm: shares a characteristic with Mozart

Tennis legend Jimmy Connors once remarked that, “In an era of specialists, you’re either a clay court specialist, a grass court specialist, or a hard(...)

Isabelle O’Connell: a hasty late edition to Composing the Island

Enda Kenny has marshalled real political heft in support of Creative Ireland, a five-year arts development project. More importantly, the Taoiseach ha(...)

John O’Conor and Veronica McSwiney at the NCH

It’s a remarkable fact that John O’Conor and Veronica McSwiney never gave a concert together before last Wednesday. These two Irish pianists have know(...)

How do you assess the success of a musical career? By the fees commanded? The number of engagements? The prestige of the venues?

It’s an oft-heard contention: given the small size of the country, we punch above our weight when it comes to producing musicians. People usually poin(...)