Wendy Carlos: At the time ‘Switched-On Bach’ was released, the composer was  six months into transgender hormone therapy, and still known as Carlos. Photograph: GAB Archive/Redferns

Since its release 50 years ago, Switched-On Bach has been relegated to the realm of kitsch curiosity; blips and blops produced from tinkerings on prim(...)

Pianist Louis Schwizgebel: demonstrated some of the technical pizzazz that helped him place second in Leeds in 2012. Photograph: Marco Borggreve

There is a hazardous tightrope walk in classical concert programming. What music do you present that draws and satisfies not only the committed concer(...)

Pianist Louis Schwizgebel. Photograph: Marco Borggreve

TUESDAY 2 The Tales of Hoffmann Town Hall Theatre, Galway €30/€27 irishnationalopera.ie; also Letterkenny, Thurs; Sligo Sat Soprano Claudia Boyle and(...)

David Adams: recital at St Michael’s Church focused on music from Pope Francis’s home country, Argentina, and country of residence, Italy

The opening work in David Adams’s wide-ranging organ recital at St Michael’s Church, Dún Laoghaire, on Sunday was the key link for most of what follow(...)

HamsandwicH lead singer Niamh Farrell and Stevo Berube, founder of independent music company Berube Communications

What is your favourite place to visit? Stevo: Back home to Texas. I’ve only been back home about four times in 30 years. But those emotions of your c(...)

The ConTempo Quartet: Their two programmes in the NCH’s International Concert Series feature  pieces by Jennifer Walshe and Linda Buckley

The first of the 13 concerts in the National Concert Hall’s new International Concert Series gets under way tonight with the Baltimore Symphony Orches(...)

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin are in Kilkenny on Saturday

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin Kilkenny Arts Festival Saturday August 11th 8pm €30/€35 €27/€31.50 kilkennyarts.ie  The Akademie für Alte Musik B(...)

Soprano Sinéad Campbell-Wallace: lunchtime at the NCH

Tuesday, July 31 RTÉCO/David Brophy NCH, Dublin 1.05pm €12 nch.ie The RTÉ Concert Orchestra is taking over RTÉ summer orchestral slots on Tuesdays an(...)

Last Night at the Proms: Remainers have taken to bringing European flags into the Royal Albert Hall to wave alongside the Union Jacks. Photograph: BBC

The heatwave, the World Cup and the endless madness at Westminster have made this summer in London feel as if it has been going on for ever. But for s(...)

Gráinne  Gillis: ‘After a period of being bullied for two years in secondary school in Cork, and standing up to my tormentors, I have a low tolerance for bullies.’

Every new story brought tears to my eyes. This was a few weekends ago, when the news of family separation in America was at its zenith. Those cries. (...)

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