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 (...)

David Brophy: conducted a moving performance of Britten’s War Requiem at the National Concert Hall to commemorate Armistice Day

The musical commemoration of the dead goes back not centuries but millennia; though, of course, we have no way of knowing what most of this early musi(...)

In 1992, Oxford’s Radiohead were one of the most least-likely-to bands around, but within six years they were the exact opposite. Underperforming 199(...)

Donnacha Dennehy: his approach to words and voices is reverential

Sometimes you really don’t end up where you thought you would. Last week the National Concert Hall presented Imagining Home, a series of concerts as (...)

   “The words of Beckett poured forth from a spot-lit Lisa Dwan into a void of blackness and quiet (except for the usual epidemic of coughing that made the place sound like a sanitorium).” Photograph: Eric Luke

On Wednesday night, not for the first time, I found myself outflanked by Fintan O’Toole. Speaking as MC at an event in the National Concert Hall, he m(...)

Lisa Dwan on stage at the NCH. Photograph: Frances Marshall

The latest night in the NCH’s celebration of Ireland’s centenary set a course for the continent, and examined through words and music how the nation s(...)

NCH chairman Gerry Kearney, Minister of State Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys and NCH chief executive Simon Taylor with Martin Hayes (fiddle) and Dennis Cahill (guitar) at the launch of Imagining Home

Last week the National Concert Hall announced a series of seven concerts under the title Imagining Home. The venture, which will run through Easter(...)

Polite, eternally self-effacing and, at the age of 42, still letting his eyes retreat behind a diffident fringe, Jonny Greenwood is not a man given(...)

Vadim Gluzman

To see why the West Cork Chamber Music Festival in Bantry is so special, and why it commands a listenership of more than seven million people via Euro(...)