Michael Dervan

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The Vanbrugh Quartet: they will receive the National Concert Hall Lifetime Achievement Award at a gala concert on Sunday

The Vanbrugh String Quartet, RTÉ’s quartet in residence from 1986 to 2013, will receive the National Concert Hall Lifetime Achievement Award at a gala(...)

President Michael D Higgins, Minister for the Arts Heather Humphreys and Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

It’s good that Taoiseach Enda Kenny is showing an interest in the arts. And it’s even better that, as reported in this newspaper recently, he’s bein(...)

The strangest of things can coexist or collide in dreams. There’s a surreal atmosphere of dreamlike recall to the mostly gentle ideas that drift in a(...)

John O’Conor and Veronica McSwiney at the NCH

It’s a remarkable fact that John O’Conor and Veronica McSwiney never gave a concert together before last Wednesday. These two Irish pianists have know(...)

Schubert’s wonderful pair of late piano trios are here coupled with the single-movement Notturno believed to be a rejected slow movement from the firs(...)

When will opera be blessed with a coherent strategy? At the opera house in Wexford. Photograph: David Sleator / The Irish Times

It doesn’t take much to figure out how strange the situation of opera in Ireland is at the moment. Just look at what’s announced for 2017. The Arts Co(...)

Mezzo soprano Carolyn Sprule. Photograph: Clive Barda

Vanessa Wexford Festival Opera ★★★★ Samuel Barber’s Vanessa, first heard at New York’s Metropolitan Opera in 1958 – when it was much feted – has n(...)

Luciano Berio’s often collage-like Sinfonia for eight solo voices and orchestra is one of the seminal works of the 1960s. It incorporates texts by Lé(...)

Alex Petcu’s award-winning profile has grown hugely over the past few years. Here now is the Cork percussionist’s first CD, representing his regular (...)

Soprano Rachel Kelly with Una Hunt on piano for Songs of Erin at the National Concert Hall as part of Composing the Island

There was nothing obvious in the idea of celebrating a century of work by Irish composers as part of the commemoration of the centenary of the Easter (...)

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