Classical Notes: Ortús festival has an international glow about it

The organisers of the Cork-based chamber music festival are itching to get back into the swing of things later this month

Golda Schultz: the acclaimed South African soprano performs at Dublin’s National Concert Hall on February 13

Suddenly, “virtual” seems to be a dirty word for concert-goers as the real deal returns. Normality, or at least something very close to it, has been restored out there.

There is excitement in the air as concert promoters across all genres of music are back at work, busily scheduling, planning and reorganising gigs for the months ahead. The starting flag has been raised, and we can only hope that, in the coming months, proper order ...