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Where is All the New Orchestral Music? Where is All the New Orchestral Music? Adrian Smith The amount of new work commissioned and performed by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra has dropped significantly in recent years. Such short-termism affects our musical culture and the generations to come, writes Adrian Smith.
The Kiss of a Witch The Kiss of a Witch Adrian Smith Raymond Deane's new opera 'Vagabones' received its premiere last week at the Civic Theatre. Adrian Smith reviews.
‘There’s music everywhere’: An Interview with Josephine Marsh ‘There’s music everywhere’: An Interview with Josephine Marsh Music Network's first autumn tour begins this Wednesday 11 September with Josephine Marsh, Laoise Kelly, Tara Breen and Nell Ní Chroínin. The Journal of Music spoke to the Clare accordionist and composer about her musical background and the tunes written specifically for the tour.
Extreme Encounters Extreme Encounters James Camien McGuiggan American composer Missy Mazzoli's 'Breaking the Waves' received its European premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival in August. James Camien McGuiggan reviews.
'The music jumped out at me from the page as I was reading it’: Raymond Deane on his new opera ‘Vagabones’ 'The music jumped out at me from the page as I was reading it’: Raymond Deane on his new opera ‘Vagabones’ 'Vagabones' will receive its premiere this Friday at the Civic Theatre in Tallaght. Composer Raymond Deane spoke to the Journal of Music about composing, musical tradition and politics.
Questions the Famine Left Behind Questions the Famine Left Behind Brendan Finan Donnacha Dennehy's famine-themed work 'The Hunger' received its European premiere in Dublin last week. Brendan Finan reviews.
‘I’m interested in … seeing stories unfold’: Andrew Synnott’s New Opera to be Premiered at Wexford Festival Opera ‘I’m interested in … seeing stories unfold’: Andrew Synnott’s New Opera to be Premiered at Wexford Festival Opera 'La Cucina' is the first ever opera on the festival's main stage by a living Irish composer.
Musical Love Musical Love Shannon McNamee The Another Love Story festival took place in Meath’s Killyon Manor on 16–18 August, featuring acts such as Cormac Begley, The Redneck Manifesto, Anna Mieke, Lemoncello, Dowry and Glasshouse Ensemble. Shannon McNamee reviews the small, art-filled festival now in its sixth year.
Here Comes History Here Comes History Toner Quinn Cherry Smyth's 'Famished' – a collection of poems focused on the famine – was performed at Kilkenny Arts Festival last week, with singer Lauren Kinsella and composer Ed Bennett. Toner Quinn reviews.
A Cello's Song at the Centre A Cello's Song at the Centre Toner Quinn Kilkenny Arts Festival presented the Irish premiere of Ed Bennett's 'Song of the Books' last week, performed by Kate Ellis and Crash Ensemble. Toner Quinn reviews.

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