Michael Dervan

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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(...)

Gavin Bryars’s The Fifth Century is a seven-movement, 42-minute setting for choir and saxophone quartet of words from the last section of 17th-centur(...)

Isabelle O’Connell: a hasty late edition to Composing the Island

Enda Kenny has marshalled real political heft in support of Creative Ireland, a five-year arts development project. More importantly, the Taoiseach ha(...)

 John Beckett (left): He had his vision and his only need was to bend everyone he was working with to his will.

There was a beautiful, hushed quality to Fauré’s early Cantique de Jean Racine as performed by the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, at the National(...)

Enda Kenny, Heather Humphreys and Paschal Donohoe at the Creative Ireland launch. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Last week’s announcement of Creative Ireland could be the turning point of the century for arts and culture in this country. In political terms, the a(...)

Georgy  Isaakyan  shifted the setting of Puccini’s La bohème to Paris in the late 1940s

Simon Walton’s International Leisure and Arts is the company that has been bringing productions of popular opera by Russian companies to the Bord Gáis(...)

When ECM recorded András Schiff’s Beethoven sonata cycle in concerts in Zurich in the noughties, it also recorded his encores, which now appear on di(...)

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra: “Post-recession attrition has been used to reduce the playing strength of the orchestra to a level of 82”

Imagine this. The government becomes so concerned at RTÉ’s management of its music groups that the minister for arts sets up a review group to prepar(...)

The playing order of this programme offers the musical equivalent of a switchback ride. There’s a real jolt when the concentrated kitsch of André Prev(...)

John O’Kane when he was art programme director at the Arts Council, circa 2002

The biggest arts job in the country has just disappeared. The change happened on Friday when John O’Kane, the Executive Director of RTÉ’s Orchestras, (...)

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