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.
Calls for National Music Policy at Oireachtas Meeting Representatives of DIT, Music Generation, the Irish Chamber Orchestra and Comhaltas call for legislation to address issues in music education.
Galway's First Music Degree to Commence This September NUI Galway appoints Dr Aidan Thomson as Head of Music.
Emanating Sparks At this year's Drogheda Arts Festival, Louth Contemporary Music Society presented a spectralist work from the 1970s alongside a postminimalist one from the last decade and a series of techno-inspired shorts. Brendan Finan finds the connections.
Glorious Shambles Gerald Barry's inspirations come from many sources – his new Organ Concerto, performed in Dublin last week, was partly inspired by a cat mourning the loss of atonality – or was it? Adrian Smith reviews.
An Otherworldly Destination Composer Judith Ring's first body of work featuring her own singing is both gentle and complex writes Shannon McNamee in her second Journal of Music/Galway City Council Music Writer Mentoring Scheme review.
Ronan Guilfoyle 60th Birthday Concerts Renaissance man of Irish jazz to perform four sets over two nights at Arthur’s in Dublin.
Reimagining Belfast Fiddle-player Conor Caldwell's diverse new album is inspired by both the historic work of collector Edward Bunting and the sounds of contemporary Belfast, writes Toner Quinn.
Hamilton's Relentless Pursuit Andrew Hamilton's 'music for people who like art' was the nearest thing to a smash hit in contemporary music, writes Adrian Smith. A new recording on the NMC label includes works composed either side of it too.
Strange Type of Orchestra Love 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.