Classical Notes

Royal Irish Academy of Music enters brave new world with elegant 300-seat theatre

RIAM’s new performance space is a thing of elegance and will host concerts, recitals and lectures in the heart of the city

The world premiere of RIAM’s Spirits Unsurrendered, composed by Stephen McNeff, at Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin

The Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM), which faces across Westland Row to where Oscar Wilde was born and is just around the corner from where Joyce first met Nora Barnacle, has reason to be chuffed with its achievements in 2023. It can be said, justifiably, that it came in with a bang and has gone out with another.

Nor was it just in the success of its students, which is an ongoing thing since ...