Irene Edwards: “We don’t talk politics in the shop.” Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

In Holyhead, even Santa voted to leave the European Union. Santa’s other name is Richard Burnell. He’s 78 with a long white beard and he formerly work(...)

Actor  Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark onS BBC One this Sunday at 9pm. File photograph: Mammoth Screen/BBC/PA Wire

Sugar Rush Friday, Netflix In the last season of Aziz Ansari’s Master of None, his character Dev ended up hosting a fast-paced baking competition en(...)

Picnic at Hanging Rock: this six-part adaptation will set out to find the answers to what really happened

Puppy Love Monday, BBC1, 7.30pm Some mutts would much rather roll around in something smelly or run through a muddy puddle than subject themselves to (...)

Malaysian pianist Bobby Chen played each item better than the last

If the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra’s 2016-17 season got off to an unusually sombre start last week, then that was because the opening work, Mahler(...)

The biggest faux pas is the complete omission of one of the country’s most successful composers, Jennifer Walshe

Composing the Island is quite simply off the scale when it comes to the celebration of Irish composers. The festival, which will run from September 7(...)

French viola-player Adrien La Marca, named Révélation soliste instrumental de l’année at the French Ministry of Culture’s Victoires de la Musique in (...)

Conductor Nicholas McGegan: well-heeled Americans follow him around

How much music can you fit into a lifetime? How often can you hear the pieces or performers that thrill or move you the most? How easy is it to expan(...)

Courtney Lewis: currently conducting the Jacksonville Symphony orchestra in Florida

Conductor Courtney Lewis might have spent most of his working life in the US, but he still talks with one of those soft Northern Irish accents in whi(...)

The success of Schubert’s Trout Quintet, with its unusual line-up featuring a double bass, has never inspired many composers to follow suit. Here Hamb(...)

This strongly performed collection opens with Vaughan Williams’s folksily pastoral 1944 Oboe Concerto. The Scottish and Irish traditional music inf(...)

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