Dick O'Riordan

Dick O'Riordan

ICO at 50 honours the past and plans the future

ICO at 50 honours the past and plans the future

The Irish Chamber Orchestra has honed its personality and created its own cultural identity under a series of world-class artistic directors and leaders

Ina Boyle: Songs from the Great Sugarloaf

Ina Boyle: Songs from the Great Sugarloaf

The songs of Ina Boyle, probably Ireland’s most outstanding female composer of the early 20th c...

NCH flagship sails into a new era

NCH flagship sails into a new era

The National Concert Hall, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and Irish National Opera have all set out their stalls for the 2019-2020 season

Chamber music on the wild side

Chamber music on the wild side

‘Chamber music festivals are treasured by music lovers and seen as an essential requirement for...

Pipeworks set to be a festival of big sounds

Pipeworks set to be a festival of big sounds

I wonder how many music lovers realise how much we owe to that famous Greek engineer, Ctesibius o...

Angel of Broadway ready to take wing

Angel of Broadway ready to take wing

The musical, created by husband-and-wife team of composer Brian Byrne and lyricist Kasey Jones, will feature some of the most exciting young Irish talents now performing in the US and internationally

Chamber music flagship event in sight of historic landmark

Chamber music flagship event in sight of historic landmark

The Great Music in Irish Houses Festival has been the flagship centrepiece of chamber music in th...

Mozart’s Magic Flute primed to hit the highest note of all

Mozart’s Magic Flute primed to hit the highest note of all

Irish National Opera chief Fergus Sheil is on record as saying that Mozart’s The Magic Flute is...

Galway Theatre Festival

Galway Theatre Festival

Galway celebrates the finest work of its established and emerging independent theatre artists thi...

Australia’s rising star to soar in West Wicklow

Australia’s rising star to soar in West Wicklow

The West Wicklow Festival is just three years old, but is already bristling with confidence and bursting with ambition

Birr gets a Crash start and an operatic boost

Birr gets a Crash start and an operatic boost

The lovely Co Offaly town of Birr, an architectural jewel of the Georgian kind, made a great spla...

Lyric fm sends out May Day call for its birthday

Lyric fm sends out May Day call for its birthday

Lyric has been on the airwaves now for 20 years and is celebrating with a gala concert with the RTÉ NSO in the NCH on Saturday, May 1

Wexford gives a sense of renewal as Irish singers make a breakthrough

Wexford gives a sense of renewal as Irish singers make a breakthrough

The month of April is always a hectic time for Wexford Festival Opera in terms of marketing and p...

MusicTown working overtime to break down the cultural barriers

MusicTown working overtime to break down the cultural barriers

Music is genre- fluid, to use modern lingo. By this, I mean it evolves in form not just over cent...

Feis Ceoil returns for an inspirational fortnight

Feis Ceoil returns for an inspirational fortnight

There is hardly an Irish singer or musician who has not stepped onto the first rung of a career ladder via this annual competition for aspiring young talent