Welcome revival of Ambroise Thomas’s Le Songe d’une nuit d’été in Wexford

IrelandIreland Wexford Festival Opera 2021 [2] – Ambroise Thomas, Le Songe d’une nuit d’été: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Wexford Festival Opera / Guillaume Tourniaire (conductor). O’Reilly Theatre, Wexford, 20.10.2021. (RB)

Wexford Festival Opera’s Le Songe d’une nuit d’été © Clive Barda

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Howard Smith discusses his book Note For Note: Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered

Note For Note: Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
An interview with author and amateur pianist, Howard Smith

Howard Smith has had a top-flight career in the world of computing and computer programming. On approaching retirement, he decided to leave his career and try something completely different – learn to play the piano. Howard had started the learn to play the piano as a child but was uninspired by the rigid approach adopted at that time and did not continue with his studies. In his book, Note For Note – Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered he describes the new and creative approaches which his teachers adopted to enable him to engage with the process of learning to play.

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Virtuoso tour de force from Carolin Widmann in Germany and streamed from Louth in Ireland

IrelandIreland  Hildegard von Bingen, Julian Anderson, Telemann, Salvatore Sciarrino, Bach, George Benjamin – Another Prayer: Carolin Widmann (violin). Recorded in March 2021 in St Martin Church, Audigast, Saxony, German and streamed from Louth Contemporary Music Society website (click here), 18.4.2021. (RB)

Carolin Widmann (violin)

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‘Old Life was Rubbish’: music by Cornelius Cardew and Laurence Crane makes a strong impression in Dundalk

IrelandIreland Cornelius Cardew, Laurence Crane – ‘Old Life was Rubbish’: Fiona Kelly (bass flute), Michael McHale (piano), Apartment House (Heather Roche [clarinet], Anton Lukoszevieze [cello], Sam Cave [electric guitar], Simon Limbrick [percussion], Kerry Yong [piano]). Streamed from Louth Contemporary Music Society website (click here), 17.4.2021. (RB)

Fiona Kelly (bass flute) and Michael McHale (piano)

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