John O'kane

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Jennifer Walshe:  “We call it an opera, but it’s not an opera in the conventional sense.” Photograph: AT Schaefer Im Schellenk

Jennifer Walshe is a composer who doesn’t just think outside the box, she lives outside it, too. In 2000, at the age of 26 she won the Kranichsteiner (...)

A beautifully reserved account of the Cello Concerto from Alban Gerhardt

It’s time to start figuring out how the circle is going to be squared. RTÉ has issued a five-year strategy document covering the years 2018 to 2022. I(...)

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten should be alarmed by recent comments by a member of the RTÉ Authority to Ivan Yates. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

RTÉ has now formally announced the “review of its provision of orchestral services” that I wrote about in this column last week. The tone of the anno(...)

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra: “Post-recession attrition has been used to reduce the playing strength of the orchestra to a level of 82”

Imagine this. The government becomes so concerned at RTÉ’s management of its music groups that the minister for arts sets up a review group to prepar(...)

John O’Kane when he was art programme director at the Arts Council, circa 2002

The biggest arts job in the country has just disappeared. The change happened on Friday when John O’Kane, the Executive Director of RTÉ’s Orchestras, (...)

Soprano Rachel Kelly with Una Hunt on piano for Songs of Erin at the National Concert Hall as part of Composing the Island

There was nothing obvious in the idea of celebrating a century of work by Irish composers as part of the commemoration of the centenary of the Easter (...)