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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(...)

Josepha Madigan, Minister for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht: ‘Ensuring equality across all areas of the arts requires not just fine words or putting in place good policies, it requires actions too’. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Back in May 2016 when details were announced of Composing the Island, the huge festival celebrating the century of music written by Irish composers fo(...)

Magdalena Kozena showed a  natural ease of production and expression

This is already an annus mirabilis for the work of French composer Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764) in Ireland. The appearance of his music at the sta(...)

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(...)

A Cambodian soldier guards timber close to Khmer Rouge lines in Koh Kong province in southwest Cambodia. Photograph: Global Witness

It’s not a very comfortable or comforting experience, talking with Patrick Alley about the state of our world. Global Witness, the organisation he co-(...)

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