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Xenia Pestova Bennett introduced Irish listeners to the sounds of the Magnetic Resonator Piano.  Photograph: Paul Hudson

Remember the National Concert Hall’s old Kevin Barry Room? The one which turned Earlsfort Terrace into a destination for experimental and offbeat musi(...)

Hugh Tinney

Saturday, February 29th New Music Dublin National Concert Hall and other venues; newmusicdublin.ie The last two days of the New Music Dublin festival(...)

Bang on a Can All-Stars. Photograph: Timothy Norris, courtesy Ford Theater

SATURDAY 22  Fidelio National Concert Hall, Dublin The honour of performing Beethoven’s uplifting opera Fidelio in this special commemorative y(...)

RIAM season: the Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho

Waking the Feminists has inspired moves within the musical world to improve the lot for female composers. The Minister for Culture, Josepha Madigan, d(...)

Siobhán Cleary: declined a lucrative Arts Council commission on the basis of gender bias. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The news that an established Irish composer declined a lucrative Arts Council commission on the basis of gender bias has to be a matter for serious co(...)

A group photograph to mark the final major public event after a full year of campaiging by Waking The Feminists  on The Rosie Hackett Bridge in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

What a difference a couple of years can make. Some top players in Irish theatre are chatting in the Lir Academy of Dramatic Art in Dublin. Anne Clarke(...)

Pianist Thérèse Fahy: commissioned new pieces from seven Irish composers, and folded in a selection of Debussy’s own piano pieces with some of his instrumental works and songs

The centenary of the death of Debussy has led to a predictable upsurge in performances of his music. Mostly it’s been a matter of one-off extras, as i(...)

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(...)

Russian pianist Anna Tsybuleva is touring Ireland

Saturday, March 3rd Anna Tsybuleva Courthouse Centre, Tinahely 8.30pm €16/€15 musicnetwork.ie; and on tour to Skibbereen, Dún Laoghaire, Castlebar, (...)

Fearghal Curtis, Eamonn Mulhall and  Andrew Gavin in Opera Theatre Company’s production of  Handel’s Acis and Galatea.

Handel’s Acis and Galatea is a masque rather than an opera proper. “There will be no Action on the stage,” says a 1732 advertisement by Handel, “but t(...)

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