Eamonn Quinn previews the 2022 Louth Contemporary Music Festival with Robert Beattie

The 2022 Louth Contemporary Music Festival Every year, the Louth Contemporary Music Society runs a mid-summer Festival in Dundalk in the Republic of Ireland which is dedicated to contemporary Classical music. The Festival returns to in-person performances this year on 17 and 18 June, after a 3-year gap and an online iteration last year. The … Read more

Despite fine musical performances, Brett Dean’s Hamlet from the Met fails to appeal  

United StatesUnited States Brett Dean, Hamlet: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York / Nicholas Carter (conductor), Broadcast Live in HD from the Metropolitan Opera, New York, to the Dundonald Omniplex, Belfast, 4.6.2022. (RB)

(Back l-r) Dame Sarah Connolly (Gertrude); Rod Gilfry (Claudius), William Burden (Polonius) and Brenda Rae (Ophelia) © Karen Almond / Met Opera

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Northern Irish composer Greg Caffrey in conversation with Robert Beattie

Contemporary music composer and founder of the Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble, Greg Caffrey, interviewed by Robert Beattie Northern Irish composer, Greg Caffrey, has won a number of awards for his compositions including First Prize at the Concorso, Counterpoint, Italy in May 2012, the Taukay Edizioni Musicali International Composition Prize in 2012 and the Musica Domani International … Read more

Wexford Festival Opera’s enjoyable revival of Goldmark’s Ein Wintermärchen


IrelandIreland Wexford Festival Opera [3] – Goldmark, Ein Wintermärchen (concert performance): Soloists, Chorus (chorus master: Andrew Synnott) and Orchestra of Wexford Festival Opera / Marcus Bosch (conductor). O’Reilly Theatre, Wexford, 21.10.2021. (RB)

Burkhard Fritz

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