Articles

How Sounding the Feminists Put Music and Gender in the Spotlight
In less than two years, the Sounding the Feminists movement has changed the conversation in the Irish contemporary music scene and put the issue of gender equality and composers firmly on the musical map, but, asks Adrian Smith, can it have a long-term impact without more support from the music community?
The Newest of the New: An Interview with Fergal Dowling of Music Current
Pursuing the latest in contemporary music sounds is key to the focus of Music Current festival, which begins next week in Dublin. Artistic Director Fergal Dowling spoke to the Journal of Music about the ethos of the event, current trends in music, and the ensembles performing this year.
‘If we take action, hope will be everywhere’: An Interview with Pianist and Composer Sarah Nicolls
Sarah Nicolls has composed a new work inspired by the announcements on climate change last autumn and the activism of Greta Thunberg. She spoke to The Journal of Music about the impetus for the work and being so politically direct with an audience.
'Meeting Maxim has Changed My Life': An Interview with Violinist Patrick Rafter
Irish musician Patrick Rafter will perform with the renowned violinist and conductor Maxim Vengerov this Friday at the National Concert Hall. The Kilkenny violinist spoke to The Journal of Music about how this significant career moment came about.
The Most Human of Composers
Robert Schumann's life had many ups and downs, from his infatuation with Clara Wieck to his attempted suicide, and his passionate nature fed into his music. A new book by Judith Chernaik tells his story and also explores some newly uncovered information on the composer, writes Finghin Collins.
Look Forensically into My Mind
The frustrations of a creative spirit locked into a deteriorating body are made vivid in a new film on the musician Tony MacMahon, writes Barra Ó Séaghdha.
Why Are We Neglecting the Female Tune Composers?
The FairPlé movement has highlighted a gender imbalance in traditional and folk music, and it applies to tune composers too, writes Dave Flynn.
'We think you should be a conductor': An Interview with Eimear Noone
On 1 March, Eimear Noone will be recognised by Music for Galway for her work as a leading conductor and composer of video games music. In this interview, Noone speaks to The Journal of Music about her musical background in Galway, her career in the United States and the potential she sees in music in Ireland.
‘We’ve got one chance to get this right': An Interview with Anthony Long
In 2017, Anthony Long was appointed manager of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, following 15 years with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. After an external review of the orchestras last April, the Government announced that the NSO was to move from RTÉ to the National Concert Hall. In this interview with The Journal of Music, Long discusses how the difficulties built up for the orchestra – and the challenge of getting things back on track.
Why We Need to Transform Our Orchestras – and How We Can Do It
Orchestras are leaving too many people behind and failing to deliver on their extraordinary promise, writes Brian Irvine. The way towards transformation – and to create genuinely fresh sounds – is to involve new people in new ways.