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RTÉ Orchestra Report Illustrates Scale of Problems
External review recommends that National Symphony Orchestra be established as cultural institution separate from RTÉ.
No Hint of Bad Taste
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.
What Does Project Ireland 2040 Mean for Music?
Major refurbishment of NCH, but promised arts funding now going to capital expenditure rather than arts programming.
Is Music the Glue That Will Get Us Through?
When we have instant access to every piece of music that we love, anywhere and anytime, something profound has happened, writes Toner Quinn.
What Does Brexit Mean for Music?
For those who make music, Brexit must surely mean resistance, writes composer Christopher Fox.
Liam O’Flynn: An Appreciation
A tribute to the great uilleann piper who died on 14 March.
What Does RTÉ’s New Strategy Mean for Music?
Strategy includes two new senior arts and music appointments plus an orchestral project for children.
70 Years of the RTÉ NSO – In Pictures
Celebrating 70 years this week, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra will perform a celebratory concert on Friday with a new work by Brian Byrne as well as works by Wagner and Deirdre Gribbin. Here, The Journal of Music is delighted to present a range of images from the Orchestra's illustrious history.
Balfe's 'Sleeping Queen' Returns to Dublin
Michael William Balfe's 1864 work 'The Sleeping Queen' was his only operetta and written for surprisingly small forces. Una Hunt tells the story of the work ahead of its performance at the NCH – the first staging in Dublin in modern times.
The Orchestras are Only One Part of the Question
The debate around RTÉ's orchestras points to deeper challenges – it's essential that we keep this conversation going, writes Toner Quinn.