Articles

‘We’ve got one chance to get this right': An Interview with Anthony Long
In 2017, Anthony Long was appointed manager of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, following 15 years with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. After an external review of the orchestras last April, the Government announced that the NSO was to move from RTÉ to the National Concert Hall. In this interview with The Journal of Music, Long discusses how the difficulties built up for the orchestra – and the challenge of getting things back on track.
Why We Need to Transform Our Orchestras – and How We Can Do It
Orchestras are leaving too many people behind and failing to deliver on their extraordinary promise, writes Brian Irvine. The way towards transformation – and to create genuinely fresh sounds – is to involve new people in new ways.
'How to organise, how to build, how to express': An Interview with Kaija Saariaho
Ahead of the performances of her work at New Music Dublin 2019, composer Kaija Saariaho speaks to The Journal of Music about the starting points for her work, writing her renowned concerto, 'Graal théâtre', and creating music with a strong identity.
'Irish history... [is] so apt for what's happening now': An Interview with Lauren Kinsella
Ahead of the premiere of 'Famished' with poet Cherry Smyth and composer Ed Bennett, singer and composer Lauren Kinsella speaks to The Journal of Music about improvisation, contemporary social crises and the stage as a space for conversations.
When Everything Breathes: An Interview with Peter Broderick
Composer, singer, violinist, pianist, Peter Broderick draws on many strands for his music, his work connecting with audiences across the world. Currently living in Galway, Broderick spoke to The Journal of Music about his compositions and lyrics, his musical background in Oregon and the impact of the internet on his career.
‘What you say when you look at the world’: An Interview with Radie Peat and Daragh Lynch of Lankum
Behind Lankum's politically aware folk is a subtle mix of influences. After a major year for the band, and ahead of a European tour, Radie Peat and Daragh Lynch speak to The Journal of Music about the punk ethos, the importance of sessions and their evolving musical interests.
Against the Establishment
The third concert in the Female Composers Series takes place this week featuring music by pioneering composers such as Bonis, Chaminade and Lili Boulanger. Ahead of the concert, Laura Watson of Sounding the Feminists explores their works, the artistic world they worked in and the rise of the 'femme nouvelle'.
An Unknown Quantity: Addressing the Neglect of Historical Irish Opera
The neglect of historical Irish opera presents a problem – without performances and recordings, how can we assess their contribution to the wider world of opera? Following recent revivals, Una Hunt asks if there are signs that the situation is improving.
‘Over the last 15 years, the numbers have really increased’: Telling the Story of Women Uilleann Pipers
This February at the Imbolc festival in Derry, Louise Mulcahy will give a talk on the rarely heard history of women uilleann pipers. She speaks to The Journal of Music about her continuing journey of discovering new material.
'Tired of the confrontational': An Interview with Seán Clancy
The Journal of Music recently published an extensive interview with the composer Raymond Deane in which he was critical of the new generation of Irish composers, describing some of their work as ‘unchallenging’. In this interview, Adrian Smith interviews Seán Clancy, a composer of the new generation, about his work, Deane’s views, and the music of new Irish composers.