Dick O'Riordan

Dick O'Riordan

Westport festival thrives on change

Westport festival thrives on change

The Festival of Chamber Music originated in 2013 with Ireland’s foremost piano/violin duo, Hugh Tinney and Catherine Leonard, and its success has expanded in parallel with an ongoing annual ambition

Monkstown makes its mark with music

Monkstown makes its mark with music

We all know that from little acorns great oaks grow – but far too slowly for my liking. Not so ...

A Baltimore birthday for Bernstein

A Baltimore birthday for Bernstein

Next Wednesday, the world-renowned Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will perform, on his centenary year, a special Bernstein birthday concert at the NCH

California’s youth orchestra stirs up an old television flashback

California’s youth orchestra stirs up an old television flashback

Before the economic bubble burst towards the end of the last decade, it was quite commonplace for...

A collective triumph as Ulysses arrives in Ireland at last

A collective triumph as Ulysses arrives in Ireland at last

The Return of Ulysses Opera Collective Ireland Gateway Theatre, Kilkenny It took Ulysses 20 years...

Baroque supergroup bring songs and tales from the mountains

Baroque supergroup bring songs and tales from the mountains

Apollo’s Fire are considered the hottest baroque band in the US, and have been blazing a trail ...

Murder and mayhem among Wexford’s newly-found gems

Murder and mayhem among Wexford’s newly-found gems

The fact that the festival continues to attract audiences from near and far, to discover opera that cannot be experienced anywhere else, is testimony to the attraction and durability of the Wexford brand

Classical moves over at the NCH as trad grabs its place in the sun

Classical moves over at the NCH as trad grabs its place in the sun

They say August is a wicked month. I’ve no idea why, as I haven’t read the book, but I can gu...

Irish soprano earns raves at Covent Garden

Irish soprano earns raves at Covent Garden

Irish soprano Jennifer Davis is basking in the glow of rave reviews in the British media, after r...

Passing the baton to female conductors

Passing the baton to female conductors

When the National Concert Hall linked up last year with Grant Thornton and world-famous British conductor Alice Farnham to introduce an inaugural female conductor programme for 12 suitable candidates, it was a truly groundbreaking venture for music in Ireland

Opera stars to ring out in the Kingdom

Opera stars to ring out in the Kingdom

The Cahersiveen Festival of Music & the Arts is now within sight of its quarter century, and still going strong – never stronger, in fact

Long-lost Donizetti opera gets premiere

Long-lost Donizetti opera gets premiere

The world premiere of a newly-discovered opera by Gaetano Donizetti takes place in Covent Garden ...

Kilkenny Arts Festival gets set for Return of Ulysses

Kilkenny Arts Festival gets set for Return of Ulysses

I love festival brochures, particularly when I am seduced by practically everything they have on ...

It’s the best of good Gluck for Galway arts festival

It’s the best of good Gluck for Galway arts festival

The name of Christoph Willibald Gluck does not exactly trip off the tongue when opera revolutiona...

Leading sopranos raise their voices for women composers

Leading sopranos raise their voices for women composers

The controversy over the role – or more specifically non-roles - of women in classical music ra...