Kevin Volans

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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,(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said: ‘We should make an objective assessment of what the two full orchestras would cost and take that out of the licence fee and ringfence it.’ File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Everyone seems to be on the same page when it comes to RTÉ and its orchestras. The belief that the national broadcaster is readying itself either to d(...)

Pianist Finghin Collins  at the launch of the New Ross piano festival on bord the ‘Dunbrody’ Famine Ship. Photograph: Mary Browne

Friday 27th UO/Eivind Gullberg Jensen  Ulster Hall, Belfast, 7.45pm, £10-£29 – ulsterorchestra.org.uk The Ulster Orchestra’s concert under Norwe(...)

RTÉ Contempo Quartet

SUNDAY 17th, SEPTEMBER CLASSICAL Elisaveta Blumina (piano)  Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, noon, Adm free, hughlane.ie Dublin-based, St Peters(...)

Mezzo soprano Tara Erraught, with the   RTÉ NSO/Gavin Maloney, at the NCH, Dublin, on Friday

Friday 14 Tara Erraught (mezzo soprano), RTÉ NSO/Gavin Maloney NCH, Dublin, 8pm €20-€45/€18-€40.50 nch.ie If your pocket stretches you can head abro(...)

Stills from some of the 52 Portraits dances

There’s nothing nice about Monday’s inbox: a bulging headache of weekend emails and last week’s procrastination. Not so for subscribers to 52 Portrait(...)

Check out the work of the Dublin Youth Orchestras, above, at the NCH on January 9th

We’re all familiar with the “tip of the iceberg” notion. What you see or know is sometimes only a fraction of the whole. That fraction can be unbelie(...)

‘Kirkos’s playing was rather rough- edged, the ensemble not yet bedded in, the colours not quite true.’ Photograph: Tara Thomas

It’s turning out to be a good month for musical exploration. Last week I wrote about Kurtág’s Ghosts, in which Italian pianist Marino Formenti took(...)

Opera of a different kind featured on Dublin’s streets over the weekend in Things We Throw Away (above). A public street with pedestrians passing around and sometimes through the performing space is not exactly an easy spot for pop-up opera. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

If you’re of a certain age you’ll remember blackouts from the bad old days of ESB strikes. Different areas of the land would take it in turn to hau(...)

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