Dick O'Riordan

Dick O'Riordan

Vengerov protégé returns for ‘biggest moment of my career’

Vengerov protégé returns for ‘biggest moment of my career’

It was on March 29, exactly ten years ago, that Irish violinist Patrick Rafter performed at the National Concert Hall as recipient of its Young Musician of the Year Award

Orfeo ends on a high note for INO

Orfeo ends on a high note for INO

Orfeo ed Euridice By Christoph Willibald Gluck; staged by Irish National Opera Pavilion, Dún Lao...

How baroque music led the way for female composers

How baroque music led the way for female composers

Hands up, all those who think they could name ten women composers who have made it big in the wor...

PREVIEW Irish composers pay tribute to Clara Schumann

PREVIEW Irish composers pay tribute to Clara Schumann

Coincidentally, the Irish Baroque Orchestra concert is also a major part of the Finding A Voice f...

Festival puts new music on the radar

Festival puts new music on the radar

The upcoming New Music Dublin festival, which will take in a range of venues over four days, will unite the whole gamut of Ireland’s finest with a spectacular cast of artists from around the globe

A Finn’s feather-light touch beguiles

A Finn’s feather-light touch beguiles

REVIEW Patrik Kleemola, guitar Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, February 17 A capacity audience basked ...

A witch hunter’s lyrics are back from the dead

A witch hunter’s lyrics are back from the dead

I hadn’t a clue what the Red Book of Ossory was all about until I was contacted last week about...

No doubting Thomas as British bass overtakes the baritones

No doubting Thomas as British bass overtakes the baritones

The final of the Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition at the NCH held all sorts of surprising turns

Spike in popularity for cello fun

Spike in popularity for cello fun

Next weekend’s Spike 2019 is described as “Dublin’s alternative cello festival’’ – th...

Terfel always provides a thriller

Terfel always provides a thriller

There are few who can command an audience with such off-the-cuff ease as bass-baritone Bryn Terfe...

New names for top jobs in Irish music

New names for top jobs in Irish music

Wexford Festival Opera has announced the successor to its artistic director David Agler, who ends his influential 13-year tenure after this year’s festival, and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra has named a new chief conductor

Students rise to  the occasion in a baroque double bill

Students rise to the occasion in a baroque double bill

REVIEW Opera Double Bill TU Dublin Conservatoire Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin Baroque music is the...

A real buzz from young musicians

A real buzz from young musicians

‘There is no more exciting day at the NCH than that in which the Festival of Youth Orchestras t...

RIAM sets the bar high in Kilmainham

RIAM sets the bar high in Kilmainham

REVIEW Banished By Stephen McNeff RIAM young artists Kilmainham Gaol Reviewed by Dick O’Riordan...

Veronica Dunne contest extends its global reach

Veronica Dunne contest extends its global reach

This will be the ninth competition since its formation in 1995, and its development has been astonishing, considering the costs and organisation required