Dick O'Riordan

Dick O'Riordan

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There are many traditionalists who would prefer it if contemporary composers stopped messing around and left music in perpetuity to Vivaldi and Verdi, Bach and Beethoven.

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“The reaction of the Irish people to the Beslan tragedy showed once again that the people of the world are not indifferent to the suffering of others,” said Vladimir Rakhmanin, the Russian ambassador to Ireland, following the schoolhouse atrocity tha

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Let's start the new year on a high note - new talent. There has been a steady stream, maybe even a flood, of thrilling youngsters from our music schools and academies, and the efforts of various organisations to nurture and develop it deserve the hig

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Let's start the new year on a high note - new talent. There has been a steady stream, maybe even a flood, of thrilling youngsters from our music schools and academies, and the efforts of various organisations to nurture and develop it deserve the hig

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After brilliant successes last November – Rigoletto was memorable, Orfeo ed Euridice unforgettable - Opera Ireland will have to pull out all the stops for its Spring 2005 season at the Gaiety Theatre on April 2-10.

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After brilliant successes last November – Rigoletto was memorable, Orfeo ed Euridice unforgettable - Opera Ireland will have to pull out all the stops for its Spring 2005 season at the Gaiety Theatre on April 2-10.

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If you haven't had your seasonal Messiah yet, don't panic. There are still a number on the loose.

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If you haven't had your seasonal Messiah yet, don't panic. There are still a number on the loose.

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There's nothing like a good choral session as an instant antidote to pre-Christmas panic.

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Messiah comes not in single file, but in battalion at this time of the year. And who's complaining?