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A Century of Irish Classics? A Century of Irish Classics? Barra Ó Séaghdha On 7–25 September, the National Concert Hall hosted 'Composing the Island', a major series of concerts spanning one hundred years of Irish classical music. Featuring over 80 composers, 27 concerts, and almost 200 works, Barra Ó Séaghdha explores its achievements as well as the musical questions it raises.
Power in Numbers: Ways Forward for Musical Communities Power in Numbers: Ways Forward for Musical Communities Ailbhe Kenny In every city, town and village, music groups have a powerful impact within communities, but, asks Ailbhe Kenny, do these groups get the recognition they deserve, and how can state policy support them better?
Louis the First Louis the First Ronan Guilfoyle Trailblazer and standard setter – with Louis Stewart's passing in August, Irish jazz has lost its most iconic figure, writes Ronan Guilfoyle.
Who's Afraid of Electronic Music? Who's Afraid of Electronic Music? Liam Cagney A new electroacoustic music festival debuted in Dublin in April. Featuring Jennifer Walshe, Lucy Railton, Fergal Dowling and more, it adds an important layer to the country's new music scene, writes Liam Cagney.
Commemorating 1916 By Not Thinking About It Commemorating 1916 By Not Thinking About It Barra Ó Séaghdha As part of Ireland's 1916 commemorative programme, the National Concert Hall hosted a series of seven major concerts 'inspired by the 1916 Proclamation'. But, writes Barra Ó Séaghdha, did the series meaningfully engage with this history, or were they 'arranged with a view to demonstrating our harmlessness to an imaginary outsider'?
From Bleeps and Bloops to the Epic Theme: The Rise of Video Game Music From Bleeps and Bloops to the Epic Theme: The Rise of Video Game Music Eimear Noone Ahead of this weekend’s 2nd Dublin International Games Music Festival, iDIGmusicFest (29 April– 1 May), composer, conductor and festival founder Eimear Noone explores the extraordinary rise of video game music.
Crash's Free State: Freedom and Responsibility Crash's Free State: Freedom and Responsibility John McLachlan John McLachlan attends Crash Ensemble's 9th 'Free State' concert, which offered a range of work from emerging Irish composers.
Which Political Party Should Get the Music Vote? Which Political Party Should Get the Music Vote? Toner Quinn The Journal of Music looks at what the parties are promising for music.
When Stravinsky Came to Dublin in 1963 When Stravinsky Came to Dublin in 1963 Toner Quinn RTÉ orchestras will perform two nights of music by Stravinsky this weekend. We take the opportunity to look back on the composer's visit to Ireland in June 1963.
Will 2016 be a Turning Point for the Irish Harp? Will 2016 be a Turning Point for the Irish Harp? Toner Quinn Having a harp on our coins only really matters if we give meaning to that symbolism, writes Toner Quinn.

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