John Ruddock

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 Artistic and executive director of Wigmore Hall John Gilhooly.  Photograph:  Amy T Zielinski/Redferns

 On the stage of Wigmore Hall, beneath its painted cupola depicting the Soul of Music, a piano tuner in a black apron was bent over the resident (...)

Alan Rusbridger: in Galway on Sunday for an encounter with the Irish pianist Finghin Collins

Sunday, April 29th Play It Again Town Hall Theatre, Galway; 8pm; €18, €20/€6; 091-705962, tht.ie Five years ago, when he was editor of the Guardian, (...)

When it came to concerts, the late conductor Neville Marriner put the soloist as the number one consideration, then the repertoire, then the conductor and then the orchestra

Twice within the space of a week I’ve had concert-goers approach me to bemoan the size of the attendance at an RTÉ orchestral concert.  Personal(...)

When the Hungarian violinist Barnabás Kelemen played Szymanowski’s Second Violin Concerto with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in November he spo(...)

Zhu Xiao-Mei survived the rigours of China’s Cultural Revolution. She makes no secret of how severely scarred she was by it. Photograph: Martin Jehnichen/Accentus Music

Kilkenny likes Bach. At the close of this year’s Kilkenny Arts Festival, where the musical focus gave the music of Bach the largest, most concentra(...)

Enrico Pace is a class act, a man who understands what a vast range of sonorities a piano can be coaxed into yielding. Photograph: Marco Borggreve

Social life thrives on conventions. People dress up for a wedding, eat dessert at the end of a meal, and try not to make noise while they eat. The (...)

Felix Baumgartner steps into his four-minute freefall from the stratosphere

Ed Bennett’s new Freefalling, an RTÉ commission which opened the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra’s season at the National Concert Hall on Friday, is (...)

If Gábor Takács-Nagy is anything, he’s a student. The founding leader of the Takács Quartet and later the violinist of the Takács Piano Trio, he has a(...)

English clarinettist Michael Collins (above) was first brought to Ireland by John Ruddock. Collins says Ruddock was ‘a real enthusiast, he loved certain composers, others were a no-no for him . . . Thank goodness for the passion. And behind the scenes we had some fantastic times.’

It was the late John Ruddock who first brought English clarinettist Michael Collins to Irish audiences. On March 1st, 1982, he presented him at Villie(...)

With the death of John Ruddock on May 17th, a matchless contribution to classical music in Ireland comes to a close. In 1967, with his late wife Do(...)