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NCH chair Maura McGrath says €8 million allocation from Budget 2021 to transfer the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra under the remit of of the concert hall will “sustain symphonic music in Ireland”.

April 2018 was an important month for music in Ireland. First, the €78 million redevelopment of the National Concert Hall (NCH) was announced. And wit(...)

In January 2010, two Irish businessmen secured a 20-year contract to turn Nigeria’s vast gas reserves into power. But the government never built a pro(...)

Joyce DiDonato: the Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano will appear at the NCH accompanied by the Il Pomo d’Oro period-instrument ensemble

Artists from Joyce DiDonato to Damon Albarn and residencies by Philip Glass and Barry Douglas will feature over the next 12 months at the National Con(...)

Spain’s Jaime Martin, principal conductor of the RTÉ NSO

The Association of British Orchestras (ABO) held its big talking shop in Belfast last week, hosted by the Ulster Orchestra. The theme for the ABO’s an(...)

Magdalena Kozená

This year has been rich in turning points. There was the launch of Irish National Opera in January. March brought the news that David Agler, artistic (...)

The Fidelio Trio played a selection of works by Clara Schumann, Joan Trimble, Rebecca Clarke and Lili Boulanger

Waking the Feminists came into being in 2015. It was a response to the niggardly representation of women in Waking the Nation, the Abbey Theatre’s pro(...)

The ConTempo Quartet: Their two programmes in the NCH’s International Concert Series feature  pieces by Jennifer Walshe and Linda Buckley

The first of the 13 concerts in the National Concert Hall’s new International Concert Series gets under way tonight with the Baltimore Symphony Orches(...)

Simon Taylor, director of the National Concert Hall. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The National Concert Hall’s chief executive, Simon Taylor, makes a good tour guide. At least when the subject is the hall itself and all that lies aro(...)

Simon Rattle. I found a huge amount to admire in the LSO’s performance of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony under Rattle.

It’s probably a combination of factors that has had me thinking about audience sizes. There was the announcement of the redevelopment of the National (...)

Capacity of main auditorium to increase to 1,350 seats

After nearly 40 years as a venue and 12 million people in its auditorium, the National Concert Hall has “stood up well”, says its chief executive Simo(...)

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