Peter Whelan

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Principle conductor of the Irish Chamber Orchestra. Photograph: Marco Borggreve

German composer, clarinettist and conductor Jörg Widmann, principal conductor of the Irish Chamber Orchestra, is one of the most energetic people I’ve(...)

Individual players in the orchestra could work on their own parts from their own homes

You don’t have to be in pandemic lockdown to get into crazy areas of music-making. Back in 1946, when 78rpm shellac records were the norm, the greates(...)

Tara Erraught: was rehearsing at the Met when, ‘after four and a half week’s rehearsals they cancelled at 1.15pm on the day of the opening night’

One aspect of the Covid-19 story is the same everywhere. It is the least well-off who are suffering and will suffer the most. In Ireland, artist lobby(...)

Peter Whelan.

The Trials of Tenducci was the colourful title of the Irish Baroque Orchestra’s concert at the National Gallery on Friday. Peter Whelan conducted, and(...)

Dundalk mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught.  Photograph: Ross Kavanagh

Saturday, February 1st Celebrating the Voice with Tara Erraught St Peter’s Church of Ireland, Drogheda droghedaclassicalmusic.com Dundalk mezzo-(...)

Kazuki Yamada gave a viscerally thrilling account of Richard Strauss’s Alpine Symphony in May. Photograph: Marco Borggreve.

Professionally, opera is a big beast, an institutional behemoth that’s hard to turn around. Irish National Opera, which will turn two in January, didn(...)

Netherlands-based Cypriot composer Yannis Kyriakides describes the buffer zone as “an audio-visual work that explores boundaries of separation”.

Thursday 5th Ulster Orchestra/Killian Farrell Ulster Hall , Belfast Dublin conductor Killian Farrell, who is currently working at Germany’s Theater (...)

Artistic director of Irish Baroque Orchestra Peter Whelan: ‘I’m living in London, but it’s all about Dublin for me.’
Peter Whelan: On My Culture Radar

Current favourite book  I’m a big fan of the American author David Sedaris and I’m currently reading Calypso. I adore it. Like much of his work, (...)

Peter Whelan’s rocketing bassoon playing in the Sonata sopra La Monica by Böddecker was the kind of thing once heard, never forgotten

Barry Douglas’s Camerata Ireland gave the first concert of their 2019-20 residency at the National Concert Hall on Thursday. The occasion was also the(...)

Griselda: Russell Harcourt as Roberto and Emma Morwood as Costanza in Irish National Opera’s production

GRISELDA Town Hall Theatre, Galway ★★★☆☆ The harrowing story of Griselda was alarmingly popular in 18th-century Italy, spawning more than 30 operas b(...)

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