Charles Acton

The Composer as Raconteur

The Composer as Raconteur

The Composer as Raconteur

A memoir and diary belonging to the composer Brian Boydell (1917–2000) have recently been published in a book titled 'Rebellious Ferment', focusing in particular on his life and work in the 1940s and 50s. Mark Fitzgerald reviews.

Published on 21 January 2020

Mark Fitzgerald is a Senior Lecturer at TU Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama.

A Missionary Spirit

A Missionary Spirit

A Missionary Spirit

In an extract from his biography of Irish Times music critic Charles Acton (1914–1999), Richard Pine discusses the role of the critic from the 1950s up to the 1980s.

Published on 1 August 2009

Richard Pine, Director of the Durrell School of Corfu, is a former Concerts Manager in RTÉ. He is the author and editor of books on Irish music history and of definitive studies of Oscar Wilde, Brian Friel and Lawrence Durrell.

The National Ear: Part 2

The National Ear: Part 2

The National Ear: Part 2

The story so far: in the first extract from his book on music and broadcasting (JMI Vol. 3 No.

Published on 1 March 2003

Richard Pine, Director of the Durrell School of Corfu, is a former Concerts Manager in RTÉ. He is the author and editor of books on Irish music history and of definitive studies of Oscar Wilde, Brian Friel and Lawrence Durrell.