Helen Boaden

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Spain’s Jaime Martin, principal conductor of the RTÉ NSO

The Association of British Orchestras (ABO) held its big talking shop in Belfast last week, hosted by the Ulster Orchestra. The theme for the ABO’s an(...)

The RTÉ Concert Orchestra at rehearsal in the National Concert Hall. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

In Studio 1, RTÉ Concert Orchestra’s rehearsal space in the RTÉ radio building, 60 musicians (an expansion on the usual 45) are preparing to spend six(...)

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in 2012.

We live on an island where a hugely valuable and complex peace process was negotiated more than 20 years ago. There are moments in processes like that(...)

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, which is without a principal conductor and recently lost its leader, Helena Wood

The Government has spoken about the future of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. Last week the Cabinet “authorised the initiation of discussions on (...)

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra should be considered as part of the National Concert Hall, the Cabinet will hear on Thursday. Minister for Cultur(...)

Helen Boaden’s report outlines how RTÉ’s orchestras have been constrained and left ‘demoralised’ by budget cuts. Photograph: Conor McCabe

For big, damning reads on how Ireland truly regards the production of culture, look no further than the report by former BBC director of radio Helen B(...)

The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. Photograph: RTE

The board of RTÉ will “undermine its own strength” if it backs calls for the national broadcaster to cut ties with the National Symphony Orchestra, un(...)

John Wilson, principal of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, during rehearsals at the National Concert Hall in 2015. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

RTÉ is so financially straitened that it cannot restructure its finances and fund two orchestras at the same time, a report has concluded. The revi(...)

 Dee Forbes, director general of RTÉ: “A properly funded RTÉ can deliver an exciting offering to the Irish public.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Played for dark laughs, there is a moment in coming-of-age comedy The Young Offenders when a dropped hammer takes a comically long time to bounce off (...)

Members of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra: it’s inconceivable that RTÉ could run the NSO and the Concert Orchestra with a total of less than 100 players.  Photograph: RTÉ

The first time I witnessed ballistic was in 1981. Charles Haughey had just appointed Fred O’Donovan to the chairs of both the RTÉ Authority and the ne(...)

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