Ensemble Musicfabrik

The New Music Dublin festival, which ran from Thursday to Sunday, has a naming problem. It’s not a problem of the festival’s making, but it’s a proble(...)

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 (...)

Eugene Downes: his weaknesses in Kilkenny were as clear as his strengths. Photograph: Bryan Meade

The curtain has fallen, and the Eugene Downes years at Kilkenny Arts Festival have come to an end. Musically, Downes left as he had started, with an e(...)

Washington Street (pictured) will continue to hear civil cases after criminal cases move to Anglesea Street

Daniel O’Connell defended cases there, the IRA planned to free Tomás Óg Mac Curtain from the dock there and now after almost 200 years of hosting crim(...)

ConTempo Quartet: three Saturday morning concerts with  performers from different musical backgrounds

Saturday, March 24 3 Saturdays: 3 Kinds of Music Mick Lally Theatre, Druid Lane, Galway 11am thegalwaymusicresidency.ie The Galway Music Residency’s (...)

Egyptian soprao Fatma Said performs at RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Christmas Gala

Wednesday, December 13 RTÉ NSO Christmas Gala National Opera House, Wexford 7.30pm €25-€45 bit.ly/2zF9WFS; also Dublin, Thurs; Drogheda, Fri This y(...)

Veronica Dunne: Ireland’s most influential singing teacher. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Tuesday, August 1st RTÉ CO/Robert Houlihan NCH, Dublin, 1.05pm, €12, nch.ie It’s all Russian fare as the RTÉ Concert Orchestra takes over the summe(...)

Rarely-heard music: Pianist Úna Hunt and friends resurrected forgotten music  under the title ‘Recollections of Ireland’

Who were the Irish composers of the 19th century? At the end of his History of Irish Music, published in 1905, WH Grattan Flood apologised for dealing(...)

‘Kirkos’s playing was rather rough- edged, the ensemble not yet bedded in, the colours not quite true.’ Photograph: Tara Thomas

It’s turning out to be a good month for musical exploration. Last week I wrote about Kurtág’s Ghosts, in which Italian pianist Marino Formenti took(...)

Soprano Michelle O’Rourke: has cultivated a back-to-nature vocal loveliness. It’s mesmerising in small doses, but less impressive over longer spans

It has to be a world-record attempt. I’m talking about a new series of concerts, The Irish Canon, promoted by the Association of Irish Composers. The (...)