According to the Chronicles of Kiev, composed in 1113, the emperor Vladimir wished to find a single religion for his realm. He dispatched envoys to the neighbouring territories. The Germans were reported to be glum, the Bulgarians of the Volga were described as grim. However, the envoys which attended the Divine Service in the Church of Hagia...

ono, the lead singer with the band U2, has a serious regret. He recalls how disappointed he was when the piano in his grandmother’s house was taken away. Although a child, he had enjoyed playing on the instrument. Fortunately, he went on to Mount Temple School in Clontarf, a school with a strong instrumental tradition. Here he met...

The corridors at Stormont recently echoed to the sounds of a magnificent 50-stop organ played to its glorious best in the building’s Long Gallery in Belfast.Rather than acting as a device to drown out arguments in the main chamber, however, the organ, an Allen Touring Organ known affectionately as ‘Big Bertha’ was employed to...

The Irish Church Music Association (ICMA) has announced details of its annual Music Summer School. Taking place at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, from July 1-4, the event, now in its 44th year has taken its theme, ‘Credo Credo Credo: Amen!’ as a result of 2013 being the Year of Faith. Promising a learning environment offering...

Kilkenny City has announced details of its second International Gospel Choir Festival, which begins next month. Building on the success of the inaugural event which last year attracted over 2,000 people, organisers are planning to triple the scale of the festival, extending performances across June, July and August to claim the title ‘City...

Bono, the lead singer with the band U2, has a serious regret. He recalls how disappointed he was when the piano in his grandmother’s house was taken away. Although a child, he had enjoyed playing on the instrument.  Fortunately, he went on to Mount Temple School in Clontarf, a school with a strong instrumental tradition. Here he met fellow...

Nicola Benedetti is one of those rare musicians who seem to have it all. Winner of the prestigious Classic Brits Awards 2012, the Scottish-born violinist is widely admired by fellow musicians and by a myriad of fans. I caught up with Nicola as she made a visit to London in between international visits. Sacrifices “My father is Italian and my...

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