Fiachra Garvey at home in Ballyknockan, Co Wicklow, with his sheep dog Luas: He did not feel predestined to be a performer. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fiachra Garvey is not just a musician and a farmer. He’s a talker, too. When I catch up with him at home in London, it’s he who gets the first questio(...)

Violinist Patrick Rafter: Far-sighted musical vision. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times.

There is no escaping the fact that Kilkenny Arts Festival’s music programme has been taken in a new direction by Olga Barry, whose first festival as a(...)

Nathalie Stutzmann will perform in an all-Bach evening at St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny.

Kilkenny Arts Festival kilkennyarts.ie Kilkenny Arts Festival gets into full swing, though the major evening concert of the opening weekend has had (...)

Chiaroscuro quartet plays at The West Cork Chamber Music Festival in Bantry

The big summer festivals are on the way. The Great Music in Irish Houses festival June 11th-16th, the West Cork Chamber Music Festival June 29th to Ju(...)

Maxim Vengerov: Nothing bland in his unassuming, highly articulate playing. Photograph: Benjamin Ealovega

The music writer Hans Keller (1919-1985), who was born in Vienna and lived and worked in Britain from 1938, including 20 years with the BBC, was a not(...)

Celine Byrne makes her Irish National Opera debut in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

Saturday March 23  ORCHESTRA OF THE AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT/ANDRÁS SCHIFF NCH, Dublin 8pm €35-€70 nch.ie The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment(...)

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 (...)