Pianist Louis Schwizgebel. Photograph: Marco Borggreve

TUESDAY 2 The Tales of Hoffmann Town Hall Theatre, Galway €30/€27 irishnationalopera.ie; also Letterkenny, Thurs; Sligo Sat Soprano Claudia Boyle and(...)

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, which is without a principal conductor and recently lost its leader, Helena Wood

The Government has spoken about the future of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. Last week the Cabinet “authorised the initiation of discussions on (...)

Sebastian Heindl: senior section winner of 2017’s Northern Ireland International Organ Competition

Saturday, July 30th West Cork Chamber Music Festival Various venues; Bantry, Co. Cork; until Sunday, July 8th; westcorkmusic.ie The West Cork Chamber(...)

Qilin Sun delivered on Corigliano’s stipulation for a ‘stark, fierce’ opening with a vengeance.

The world of piano competitions is a conservative one. In many ways the Dublin International Piano Competition has hardly changed in the 30 years sinc(...)

Kate Ellis: celebrating women composers

Finding a Voice Various venues, Clonmel, Co Tipperary Saturday March 10th 1pm. 3pm & 8pm southtippartscentre.ie  It’s the last day of Findin(...)

In rehearsal at the National Concert Hall ahead of the  Chamber Music Gathering,  were, from left, David McElroy (violin), Siun Milne (violin), Ed Creedon (viola), Beth McNinch (viola) and Christopher Ellis (cello). Photograph: Mark Stedman

The National Concert Hall held its second Chamber Music Gathering last Saturday. The hall’s chief executive Simon Taylor describes the three-concert e(...)

Crash Ensemble celebrated its 20th birthday with 20 commissions which, through its CrashLands project, it brought to rural locations that it has identified as both ‘unusual’ and ‘iconic’

Just in case you missed it, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has weighed in on the controversy about cutbacks at RTÉ’s orchestras. He was put on the spot by a D(...)

Pianist John O’Conor at his home in Rathgar, Dublin 6. Photograph: Alan Betson

On Sunday night, pianist Dr John O’Conor will receive the NCH Lifetime Achievement Award 2017. The event will be a gala concert in honour of his uniqu(...)

‘Left Behind’ is a set of songs marking the Rising through poems by Simon O’Connor (above), which imagine 1916 and its fallout through the experiences of the wives of the rebel leaders. Photograph: Eric Luke

The landmark musical celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising was a specially commissioned cantata. Brian Boydell’s A Terrible Beau(...)

‘Back in the 1990s I told Judith Woodworth [above], then the director of the NCH, that music itself was way down the agenda in the hall’s own promotional activities. Her response was unexpected.’ Photograph: Frank Miller

The new year is always a time for a special kind of reflection. We think about the events and achievements of the past 12 months and look forward t(...)

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