Mark Duley

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Synnott’s elevation to the main stage at Wexford is only the latest in a long line of operatic successes from Irish composers.

The day I met up with Andrew Synnott was the day he had made his conducting debut with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. He conducted a morning con(...)

Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov performs at the NCH, Dublin, on Tuesday

Sunday, December 3 RTÉ Contempo Quartet Chapter House, St Mary’s Cathedral, Kilkenny 4pm €15 orchestras.rte.ie i, and on tour to Limerick, Dublin and(...)

Gerald Barry:  his  piece Humiliated and Insulted is inspired by a Dostoyevsky novel. Photograph: Alan Betson

Music, it is often said, is a universal language. But not everything musical travels equally freely across international borders. New music travels sl(...)

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(...)

In the last year of Mozart’s life he wrote a number of pieces for glass harmonica (above), an instrument devised by Benjamin Franklin. Photograph: iStock

History tends to focus on the big events. So 1791, the last year of Mozart’s life, is usually seen as the time of the last great works. There’s the R(...)

Dave Flynn’s nose for the timely, publicity-friendly, anti-establishment gesture is not to be denied. Photograph: John O’Neill

September’s three-week festival Composing the Island (National Concert Hall, Wednesday 5th to Sunday 25th) was bound to ruffle feathers. It’s a huge (...)

Egyptian soprano Fatma Said:  first prize at the Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition

The award of the first prize in last week’s Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition to 24-year-old Egyptian soprano Fatma Said is a reminder(...)

Alina Ibragimova: a gutsy player who dives into the music, body and soul. Photograph: Sussie Ahlburg

The West Cork Chamber Music Festival opened on Friday with one of Mozart’s most celebrated achievements: 22 bars of music so distinctive they seem (...)

When law student Sinead Davies was anointed a scholar at Trinity College in April on the basis of her second term exam results, her first reaction (...)

Finghin Collins: by some distance the most successful Irish pianist of his generation

It was an imaginative idea for Mark Duley’s Resurgam choir to team up with Erin Headley’s international early- music ensemble Atalante for the prod(...)

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