The Irish Government has launched a new initiative, 'Global Ireland', with international aspirations – but what does it mean for Irish music?
Music is playing its part in the new battle of ideas in American politics, and perhaps none more so than country. But where does it sit – on the right or the left – and who decides? Mark Allan Jackson, editor of a new book on country, challenges the perspectives on both sides.
The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra has just announced its 2018/19 season. Adrian Smith looks at the range of music on offer – from contemporary and classical to traditional – and considers some of the overall trends in programming.
Representatives of DIT, Music Generation, the Irish Chamber Orchestra and Comhaltas call for legislation to address issues in music education.
The RTÉ orchestras report has made recommendations in response to a crisis, but we have not heard enough discussion of the issues that caused it, writes Toner Quinn.
External review recommends that National Symphony Orchestra be established as cultural institution separate from RTÉ.
Claude Debussy stands apart as a modernist – extremely popular and yet he tore up the rulebook of harmony and form, rebelling against the tyranny of the barline and heavy orchestration. Boulez described it as ‘instantaneous self-renewal’. How did he get there? His starting point was an obsession with pleasure, writes Stephen Walsh.
Major refurbishment of NCH, but promised arts funding now going to capital expenditure rather than arts programming.
When we have instant access to every piece of music that we love, anywhere and anytime, something profound has happened, writes Toner Quinn.
For those who make music, Brexit must surely mean resistance, writes composer Christopher Fox.
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