Them gains: burgeoning market for such products among gym users. Photograph: Getty

News that food supplements will, after all, become subject to VAT was an unwelcome announcement for the industry. Having escaped mention by the Minist(...)

Hector Berlioz in 1856. Our Lady’s Choral Society at the NCH with  conductor Proinnsías Ó Duinn and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, was careful to include an extract from his best-known work, the Symphonie fantastique, inspired by his passion for the Irish actress Harriet Smithson. Photograph: Nadar

When London’s Drury Lane theatre reopens this time next year following renovations, it will be with a run of Disney’s Frozen. You’d wonder what Hecto(...)

Qilin Sun delivered on Corigliano’s stipulation for a ‘stark, fierce’ opening with a vengeance.

The world of piano competitions is a conservative one. In many ways the Dublin International Piano Competition has hardly changed in the 30 years sinc(...)

Liam Ó Maonlaí, Tim Edey and Kevin Burke

The first time Kevin Burke and Liam Ó Maonlaí encountered one another was two years ago on the University of Washington campus in Seattle, where Ó Ma(...)

Deborah Borda, above, once told me that when orchestras started holding blind auditions, they found themselves hiring far more women

It would be easy to think that the row over gender equality in the Abbey Theatre’s 2016 programme will have far-reaching consequences. But the hist(...)

The British broadcaster and music critic John Amis, who has died aged 91, became a national figure thanks to the long- running BBC radio quiz My Music(...)