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(...)

Martin Hayes,  Stephen Rea and  performers from Loosysmokes, Elaine McCague and Deirdre Griffin, at the Kilkenny Arts Festival 2016 programme launch. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ghosts in caves, surprises in gardens and Mozart in the Marble City are all in store at this year’s Kilkenny Arts Festival (KAF). Festival director(...)

The Bergen Philharmonic: Norway’s oldest. It was founded when Mozart was just nine

The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, which made its Irish debut at the National Concert Hall on Friday, claims to be “one of the world’s oldest orche(...)

Conductor Andrew Litton

One of the first things Andrew Litton said to me when I met him in the conductor’s room in Bergen’s Grieghallen was: “I like that orchestra very mu(...)

Tara Erraught: the Irish mezzo soprano of the moment gives recitals at Wexford Festival Opera, the NCH and in Galway. Photograph: Dieter Nagl/AFP/Getty Images

The new concert season kicks off in earnest on Friday, with one of the most explosive works ever written. Stravinsky’s still awe-inspiring Rite of (...)

The Borodin Quartet: their playing was extraordinarily contained, as if any dynamic level could be suggested or conjured without need for major change

The Celtic Tiger was just upon us when the first West Cork Chamber Music Festival took place in summer 1996. And the intervening years have seen th(...)

Alina Ibragimova: a gutsy player who dives into the music, body and soul. Photograph: Sussie Ahlburg

The West Cork Chamber Music Festival opened on Friday with one of Mozart’s most celebrated achievements: 22 bars of music so distinctive they seem (...)

Mezzo soprano Sharon Carty: firm in tone, expressively to the point, and with an almost instrumental sureness of delivery

The musical year has its ups and downs in terms of how busy things are. January is quiet, February busy, March calmer. Festivals peak over the summ(...)

Mozart’s String Quartet in D minor is one of the richest works in the group of six that the composer famously dedicated to Haydn in 1785. Mende(...)

Alina Ibragimova and Steven Osborne made a huge impression in Prokofiev at last year’s KBC Great Music in Irish Houses Festival, and they recorded thi(...)

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