Mairead Hickey

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Friday Night Sessions with Fergus Sheil

In a normal year next Friday would see the first of more than 80 events – chamber music concerts, quartet masterclasses, artist interviews, instrument(...)

Peter Whelan’s rocketing bassoon playing in the Sonata sopra La Monica by Böddecker was the kind of thing once heard, never forgotten

Barry Douglas’s Camerata Ireland gave the first concert of their 2019-20 residency at the National Concert Hall on Thursday. The occasion was also the(...)

Sean Shibe and Ben Johnson

THURSDAY 21 Camerata Ireland National Concert Hall, Dublin Six instrumental soloists in an orchestral concert is quite a rarity. But it’s exactly wha(...)

Composer, violinist and conductor Brett Dean, who conducted the Irish Chamber Orchestra in  the   Irish premiere of Maltese conductor Michelle Castelletti’s downsizing of Mahler’s 10th Symphony

Arrangements have been around forever. And, strange to say in this era when the internet has made more music readily accessible than ever before, arra(...)

Australian composer and viola player Brett Dean will make his performing debut with the Irish Chamber Orchestra in Monkstown. Photograph: Keith Wiseman

Wednesday, September 11th ICO/Brett Dean Monkstown Parish Church irishchamberorchestra.com Australian composer and viola player Brett Dean makes his (...)

Irish violinist Mairéad Hickey.

Virtually everything I’ve come across about Galway’s stint as European Capital of Culture next year, has been negative. However, one shining beacon on(...)

Nigel North: His programme at the NCH in Dublin on Wednesday is an all-Bach affair

Wednesday February 27th Nigel North NCH Kevin Barry Recital Room, Dublin 7.30pm €17.50 nch.ie Leading English lutenist Nigel North is the cuckoo in (...)

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, which is without a principal conductor and recently lost its leader, Helena Wood

The Government has spoken about the future of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. Last week the Cabinet “authorised the initiation of discussions on (...)

Cellist Norah O’Leary from Ensemble Dagda with students from St Brendan’s NS Bantry at the launch of the West Cork Chamber Music Festival in Bantry, Co Cork. Photograph: Darragh Kane

Mairéad Hickey, Irish violinist Mairéad Hickey: I play trad as well, so that has given me a slightly different, more open outlook on music (...)

Benjamin Hulett: soloist sounded at all times as if he owned the music.

The Irish public, it seems, can never get enough of Handel’s Messiah. It’s bankable for choral societies at any time of the year, though the tradition(...)

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