Brian Boydell

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The concert ended with Gerald Barry’s From the Intelligence Park (1986), a collage-like piece, sometimes calmly mono-linear, sometimes fiercely aggressive

The Composing the Island festival at the National Concert Hall, surveying the past 100 years of music in Ireland, has presented a lot of music that h(...)

The Vanbrugh Quartet: made a strong impression with Frederick May’s Quartet as part of the “Composing the Island” festival

The most important fact about Composing the Island is that it is happening at all. It’s a 28-concert celebration of the last 100 years of Irish music,(...)

Mary Gallagher in studio, 1967, with the RTÉ Light Orchestra. Photograph: Courtesy RTÉ Stills

Mary Gallagher, who has died at the age of 76, was the outstanding Irish violinist of her generation. Exceptionally talented as a youngster, she won i(...)

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(...)

Donnacha Dennehy: his approach to words and voices is reverential

Sometimes you really don’t end up where you thought you would. Last week the National Concert Hall presented Imagining Home, a series of concerts as (...)

The front page of The Irish Times on Friday, March 19th, 1965. Photograph: The Irish Times

The 17th Dáil has been dissolved and a general election is on the horizon. The leader of Fine Gael at the time, James Dillon, invites the press to Le(...)

‘Left Behind’ is a set of songs marking the Rising through poems by Simon O’Connor (above), which imagine 1916 and its fallout through the experiences of the wives of the rebel leaders. Photograph: Eric Luke

The landmark musical celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising was a specially commissioned cantata. Brian Boydell’s A Terrible Beau(...)

John Berryman with Jack Ryan, owner of the Beggars Bush public house, c.1966/1967
100 years of John Berryman
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Born in Oklahoma in 1914, John Berryman was one of the most original American poets of his generation. In the decade before he took his own life, in 1(...)

Håkan Hardenberger: makes the trumpet sound conversational rather than rawly, militarily assertive

The churning in Ireland’s orchestras continues. The Ulster Orchestra has once again parted company early with a chief executive. Just over a ye(...)

Monica Huggett drives into music ‘with a sense of edginess, of danger’

It was in the early 18th century that people seem to have first become concerned about early music. An Academy of Vocal Music was set up in Lon(...)

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