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Anchoring the Tension Anchoring the Tension Toner Quinn Toner Quinn reviews a Music and Musings concert in Galway featuring the world premiere of Greg Caffrey's fourth string quartet.
Balfe's 'Sleeping Queen' Returns to Dublin Balfe's 'Sleeping Queen' Returns to Dublin Una Hunt 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.
Why We Should Be Listening to Folk Music Why We Should Be Listening to Folk Music Toner Quinn Nobody spotted the rise of populism, say the media and the politicians, but that’s not entirely true when it comes to folk music. There is a case to be made for listening much more carefully to the music around us, writes Toner Quinn.
Layering Irony and Politics Layering Irony and Politics Brendan Finan Irish National Opera's final production of its first season is a non-traditional retelling of Verdi's 'Aida' featuring Gwyn Hughes Jones, Orla Boylan and Imelda Drumm in the lead roles. A visually spectacular production, it brings the story's imperialism to the centre, writes Brendan Finan.
How Not to Market Classical Music How Not to Market Classical Music Adrian Smith The marketing of orchestral concerts is becoming increasingly whimsical and condescending in an attempt to make classical music more accessible, but audiences deserve more respect, argues Adrian Smith.
'It was the beauty of the sound': an Interview with Catherine McEvoy 'It was the beauty of the sound': an Interview with Catherine McEvoy Flute-player Catherine McEvoy has just been announced as the recipient of the TG4 Gradam Ceoil musician of the year award. She spoke to The Journal of Music about her life in music and what the award means to her.
Sounding from the Page Sounding from the Page Laura Sheary Known for his innovative music broadcasting, John Kelly's first collection of poetry, 'Notions', which has just been published by Dedalus Press, finds beauty in the small things, writes Laura Sheary.
Opera and Dance Music from the Poly-Doyle Opera and Dance Music from the Poly-Doyle Brendan Finan Brendan Finan reviews two recordings from the diverse musical world of Roger Doyle – his 2018 'Heresy' opera and a forthcoming release of new pieces based on the same work.
Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin’s Example Will Continue to Inspire Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin’s Example Will Continue to Inspire Toner Quinn A tribute to the renowned Irish musician, composer and educator who died on 7 November 2018.
Fiery Choral Competition in Derry Fiery Choral Competition in Derry Marc Gregg Marc Gregg reviews the Saturday night at the recent City of Derry International Choral Festival and experiences the intense, creative nature of competition.

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