Conductor and composer Eímear Noone   in Dublin: ‘Being a conductor and a composer is like having a split personality. One is very introverted; the other is the reverse.’ Photograph:  Steve Humphreys

Sometime before Christmas, Eímear Noone received a phone call from her old pal Rickey Minor. He was wondering if she could clear some free time toward(...)

Senate majority leader  Mitch McConnell ahead of the Senate impeachment trial against President Donald Trump, in Washington, on Saturday. Photograph: Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images

Republicans know very well who they are. That’s why it was such a juicy moment when Hakeem Jeffries, the congressman from Brooklyn and Democratic impe(...)

The stage where chief conductor Kirill Petrenko with the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra will perform   on Saturday in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Ask Berlin visitors to name the city’s most important cultural landmark and many will say the Brandenburg Gate. Ask Berliners to name their most impor(...)

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(...)

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