Dick O'Riordan

Dick O'Riordan

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...

Irish composer Gribbin recalls children who fled Nazis

Irish composer Gribbin recalls children who fled Nazis

Women composers are consistently prominent on the Irish scene – particularly in the contemporar...

Celebration of women in west Cork

Celebration of women in west Cork

The West Cork Chamber Music Festival is one of our great summer events, bringing – as it does e...

Castletown’s menu has  a feast of classical treats

Castletown’s menu has a feast of classical treats

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Castletown being opened for tours, while 2019 brings in t...

Star spotting at Killruddery is  a Dunne deal

Star spotting at Killruddery is a Dunne deal

The Summer Festival of Opera on two successive Sunday afternoons (June 24 and July 1) is an annua...

Put your house on this festival

Put your house on this festival

The Great Music in Irish Houses festival still retains the sort of ambition and determination that first fuelled its formation in 1970

Remembering Debussy, the man who changed music

Remembering Debussy, the man who changed music

The NCH marks the 100th anniversary of Debussy’s death with a special trio of concerts, performed by the outstanding pianist Thérèse Fahy, an acknowledged authority on the composer

Blackwater adds to Irish opera’s exciting progress

Blackwater adds to Irish opera’s exciting progress

The icing on the cake has to be the arrival of the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival, formerly Lismore Opera, now boosted by hefty financial backing that has injected not just lots of funding, but also vision and ambition not previously possible

Classical Notes: Farmer Garvey reaps the rewards

Classical Notes: Farmer Garvey reaps the rewards

Pianist Fiachra Garvey last year launched the West Wicklow Festival to great acclaim in Russborough House, a mansion with great music tradition just down the road from his family farm

Preview: There’s lots of lute in old Dublin

Preview: There’s lots of lute in old Dublin

A fascinating lunchtime event at the National Concert Hall next Friday week raises the question: ...