Musical Tricks Brendan Finan reviews a recent staging of Michael William Balfe's 'The Sleeping Queen' – the second Irish opera revival in recent months.
Under an Irish Sky In the latest piece from our County Clare Music Writer Mentoring Scheme, Ian Bascombe reviews the new recording from harper Floriane Blancke.
Recalling Joe Heaney Far from a standard musical biopic, Pat Collins's film on sean-nós singer Joe Heaney, 'Song of Granite', explores the world of the wandering artist through sound and place, writes Anna Murray.
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.
Moments of Striking Optimism In his second review as part of the Journal of Music/Galway City Council Music Writer Mentoring Scheme, Vincent Hughes reviews the RTÉ Choice Music Prize nominated album 'Wild Alee' by Talos and attends their recent performance at the Róisín Dubh.
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.
Straight to this Heart In the latest review from our Journal of Music/Galway City Council Music Writer Mentoring Scheme, Julie Seagrave hears the songs and stories of Loah at the Galway International Arts Festival.
Crash Hit the Twenties Running Crash Ensemble celebrated 20 years with two nights at the National Concert Hall in November. Adrian Smith reviews all twenty newly commissioned works, from composers Andrew Hamilton, Ann Cleare, Jennifer Walshe, Sean Clancy and many more.
Retelling a Bloody Myth Liam Cagney explores 'Umbilical', composer Benjamin Dwyer's retelling of Oedipus, recently released on Diatribe Records.
Ceding Musical Territories How does a 95-year-old International Society for Contemporary Music shake up its programming? Anna Murray attended the ISCM World New Music Days festival in Vancouver and heard how new ideas can take effect.