Kaija Saariaho

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Kaija Saariaho Photo: Andrew Campbell

Normally when I’m taking my seat at a concert, I switch my phone to airplane mode. After the public announcement requesting phones to be turned off, I(...)

Pipeworks

Wednesday 19th, Pipeworks, various venues Dublin pipeworks.ie The Pipeworks festival concentrates on music for the so-called King of Instruments. It (...)

Kaija Saariaho

Kaija Saariaho, Finnish composer First intense musical memory? One I mention often, but it might not be the first, I was six years old and I was lis(...)

Jennifer Walshe: one of the first women to be commissioned under an NCH and Sounding the Feminists scheme

In what way were Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Andorra the laggards of Europe? In respect of granting women the right to vote in national elections, (...)

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(...)

Barry Douglass

TUESDAY MARCH 5 Barry Douglas Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, 7.30pm €20/€18/€5 droghedaclassicalmusic.com Barry Douglas’s international career was la(...)

Nigel North: His programme at the NCH in Dublin on Wednesday is an all-Bach affair

Wednesday February 27th Nigel North NCH Kevin Barry Recital Room, Dublin 7.30pm €17.50 nch.ie Leading English lutenist Nigel North is the cuckoo in (...)

Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, whose music will be heard again in March at the New Music Dublin festival and in Louth  Contemporary Music Society’s Stations of the Sun in Dundalk in June. Photograph: Andrew Campbell

In October 2015 news of Waking the Nation, the Abbey Theatre’s 2016 season, begat Waking the Feminists. The issue was the paltry representation of wom(...)

Soprano Sylvia O’Brien performed at Sounding Out at Seanad Éireann

A couple of years ago I found myself in discussion with a media researcher about a column I had written on gender balance in the arts. My conclusion p(...)

RIAM season: the Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho

Waking the Feminists has inspired moves within the musical world to improve the lot for female composers. The Minister for Culture, Josepha Madigan, d(...)

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