Percussionist Colin Currie

Normally, the bread-and-butter programming of Great Music in Irish Houses comes mostly from the core classical repertoire. Last week, the 49th ed(...)

Nicole Lizée: clearly a woman with a fascination for film

The festival season starts in earnest every year in the run-up to the May bank holiday weekend. And all the major musical festivals have divulged deta(...)

Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, whose music will be heard again in March at the New Music Dublin festival and in Louth  Contemporary Music Society’s Stations of the Sun in Dundalk in June. Photograph: Andrew Campbell

In October 2015 news of Waking the Nation, the Abbey Theatre’s 2016 season, begat Waking the Feminists. The issue was the paltry representation of wom(...)

Soprano Sylvia O’Brien performed at Sounding Out at Seanad Éireann

A couple of years ago I found myself in discussion with a media researcher about a column I had written on gender balance in the arts. My conclusion p(...)

Nathalie Stutzmann, principal guest conductor of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra 2018. Photograph: Simon Fowler

Irish theatre put forward its best gender-neutral aspirations last week. Ten leading organisations in Dublin, Cork and Galway got together and announc(...)

Kate Ellis: celebrating women composers

Finding a Voice Various venues, Clonmel, Co Tipperary Saturday March 10th 1pm. 3pm & 8pm southtippartscentre.ie  It’s the last day of Findin(...)

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(...)

In ‘The Invader’, the musical style might best be described as eclectic minimalist. Echoes of Philip Glass abound, but the musical material is much more varied

Ten years ago I interviewed Pierre Boulez in connection with the 2004 RTÉ Living Music Festival. I had to ask him about opera, given his famous 196(...)

John Wilson makes his debut as principal conductor of the RTÉ CO in a Hollywood Rhapsody programme on Thursday. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

It was so quick and quiet that you might not have noticed it, but there’s been a major departure from the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. Two days be(...)

 Alan Buribayev launches the NSO season with a free concert today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Oftentimes the things that matter most are not the ones that are talked about the most. Think of practices in the medical profession that can c(...)