Cellist Norah O’Leary from Ensemble Dagda with students from St Brendan’s NS Bantry at the launch of the West Cork Chamber Music Festival in Bantry, Co Cork. Photograph: Darragh Kane

Mairéad Hickey, Irish violinist Mairéad Hickey: I play trad as well, so that has given me a slightly different, more open outlook on music (...)

The wonder of Mark Padmore’s singing is not to do with beauty of tone, although there is plenty of that – it’s to do with the pliability of line

The highlights of last week’s West Cork Chamber Music Festival were vocal. And English tenor Mark Padmore was responsible for both: Schubert’s Winter(...)

Deirdre Gribbin’s new piece was commissioned for the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, in which her great-uncle fought

The West Cork Chamber Music Festival opened on Friday with a new work by Deirdre Gribbin, commissioned for the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. (...)

This collection doesn’t directly reflect the conflict that was ravaging Europe in 1917, though Debussy did call his sensual Violin Sonata “an e(...)

Mendelssohn wrote these two concertos at the ages of 13 and 14, at a time when he was developing at astonishing speed. (He would write two of his b(...)