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Elain Agnew on being a composer in Ireland: “There could have been more pathways, more support, more opportunities.”

Saturday, December 12th, is a black day for composer Elaine Agnew. It was the day she was finally supposed to see the first performance of her communi(...)

Percussionist Colin Currie

Normally, the bread-and-butter programming of Great Music in Irish Houses comes mostly from the core classical repertoire. Last week, the 49th ed(...)

Irish soprano Anna Devin

ANNA DEVIN, IRISH SOPRANO First intense musical memory? Seeing Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro in the Gaiety. Regina Nathan was singing Susanna and (...)

Colin Currie: ‘You’re either on the note or you’re off.’

“Depending on how you cut it,” Colin Currie says wittily, “percussion is one of the newest old instruments or the oldest new instrument in classical m(...)

Nicole Lizée: clearly a woman with a fascination for film

The festival season starts in earnest every year in the run-up to the May bank holiday weekend. And all the major musical festivals have divulged deta(...)

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 (...)

David Power: world premiere at the National Concert Hall of a new work inspired by his version of a very old Irish tune, ‘Gol na mBán san Ár’

It has long been well known in Ireland that, around this time of year, the wind may shake the barley. There’s even a ballad on the subject to warn us.(...)

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, (...)

David Power. Photograph: Con Kelleher

The 17th-century Gaelic warrior Alisdair MacColla is now all but forgotten, except to specialist historians. But he made a big impression in his time,(...)

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