The Lyric Concert with Paul Herriott

    Mon to Thurs 7-10pm, Fri 8-10pm


    Friday 5th February

    The Friday Concert Interval: Stravinsky

    Sandy Burnett takes a look at some of the remarkable creative figures that surrounded Stravinsky at the start of the twentieth century.

    Friday 29th January

    The Friday Concert Interval: Carl Nielsen - An Overview

    Sandy Burnett takes an in-depth look at the influential Danish composer Carl Nielsen.

    Friday 22nd January

    The Friday Concert Interval: Raymond Deane

    Bernard Clarke speaks with Raymond Deane about his Opera The Alma Fetish.

    Friday 15th January

    The Friday Concert Interval: V is for Viola

    Sandy Burnett reflects on what you might call the Cinderella of instruments, the viola.

    Friday 8th January

    The Friday Concert Interval: Soviet Composers During The Second World War

    Sandy Burnett reflects on what wartime life was like for the Soviet Union's leading composers during the Second World War.

    Friday 1st January

    New Year's Day Concert Interval

    Michael Lee looks at the tradition of the Viennese New Year's Day Concert.

    Friday 27th November

    The Friday Concert Interval: The 20th Century Symphony

    Sandy Burnett explores the 20th century symphony.

    Friday 6th November

    The Friday Concert Interval: Music In Time Of War

    Sandy Burnett looks at the different approaches that composers have taken over the years to represent conflict in music in time of war.

    Friday 30th October

    The Friday Concert Interval: Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev

    Sandy Burnett delves into the lives of Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev, both of whom fled their Russian homeland back in 1917 and looks at how they fared in exile.

    Friday 23rd October

    The Friday Interval: Mozart & The Piano

    Sandy Burnett considers some of the great music that Mozart wrote for the piano, particularly in the early part of his career.

    Friday 9th October

    The Friday Concert Interval: Arrangements

    Sandy Burnett takes a look at the whole business of making suites and arrangements from pre-existing works.

    Friday 2nd October

    Friday Concert Interval: Sibelius

    A chance to take a closer look at this fascinating and multi-faceted composer, as Sandy Burnett discusses the impact of Sibelius – more than just a national composer…

    Friday 25th September

    Friday Concert Interval: Anton Bruckner

    Sandy Burnett explorest the curious case of Anton Bruckner, a late Romantic composer with the mindset of a musician from the Renaissance. Was he a composer born out of his time?

    Friday 18th September

    Friday Concert Interval - Dvorak's America

    In tonight's interval Sandy Burnett examines the two and a half year spell that Dvorak spent in the United States, starting with the chain of correspondence that impelled Dvorak to set out on his American Adventure.

    Friday 11th September

    Friday Concert interval - Mahler the Symphonist

    Mahler’s symphonies are such a feature of our musical life that it’s hard to imagine a symphonic season without one. It took several decades before Mahler’s music got proper recognition and tonight Sandy Burnett maps out the long road towards acceptance – his point of departure being a famous encounter between Mahler and another great symphonist.

    Monday 7th September

    Lyric Concert Interval

    Michael Lee profiles the great Russian pianist Nikolai Lugansky, the soloist at tonight's live Proms concert.

    Friday 4th September

    Friday Concert Interval - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    In tonight's interval Sandy Burnett examines the musical legacy of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

    Friday 27th February

    Intermezzo - Mexican Wave

    A ill-fated attempt to have the foyer of the NCH participate in a Mexican wave starts interval stalwarts, Tomás Clancy and Raymond Blake on a journey through the backroads of memory, to Olympics gone by, and on to Stravinsky's relationship to Charlie Parker and the overall desirability of the marimba.

    Friday 20th February

    Intermezzo - Musical Peaks

    Memories of formats gone by this evening, as Tomas Clancy and Raymond Blake reminisce about album covers and prog rock titles, identify all too firmly with Beethoven’s attitude to deadlines and fill their nostrils with Alpine breeze, as our two foyer frequenters meet once more for an interval snifter.

    Friday 13th February

    Intermezzo - Rollercoaster

    In the NCH lobby, safe from the weather outside, glasses of wine in hand, our intrepid interval experts Tomas Clancy and Raymond Blake take us on a journey through a potted history of the London Symphony Orchestra, Elgar's twitter stream and even James Galway's solid gold flute.

    Friday 6th February

    Intermezzo - Heavenly Length

    The concert hall equivalent of the finest of fine wines, is how our interval interlopers, Tomás Clancy and Raymond Blake assess the delights on offer this time in the National Concert Hall, as they meet once again for an interval drink and begin picking over the power of antibiotics, the rise of film music and the best casting for Sherlock Holmes.

    Friday 30th January

    Intermezzo - Gallic Charms

    It’s all about nice, clean fingernails and good, meaty Rioja, when interval chums, Raymond Blake and Tomás Clancy meet once again in the lobby of the National Concert Hall to pick hungrily over their concert hall experiences.

    Friday 23rd January

    Intermezzo - Nordic Giants

    Out front in the foyer tonight, interlude wags, Tomás Clancy and Raymond Blake are shaken not stirred as they explore a Nordic cocktail of Sibelius, Nielsen and Greig. Not to mention, remembrances of Eric, Ernie, Andre and a definitive Martini recipe. Kippis!

    Friday 16th January

    Intermezzo - Clown & Philosopher

    Will it ever be finally decided whether Richard Strauss was a 'profound genius or gifted entertainer'? Perhaps it will, but that would put an end to the ongoing battle between our foyer chums, Raymond Blake and Tomás Clancy, who reconvene for a reviving debate on Strauss, Till Eulenspiegel and other perplexing subjects.

    Friday 9th January

    Intermezzo - Agnew, Elgar & Mozart

    Whiskers and the rightful place of Siegfried Sassoon in Irish hearts are among the topics covered when interval artists Raymond Blake and Tomás Clancy take their usual seats in the NCH foyer for a cheering drop.

    Friday 5th December

    Intermezzo - Russian Roulette

    Deception and Russian soul, as well as the influence of the NME on Western ideas of Shostakovich, are the some of the items occupying the minds of foyer doyennes, Tomás Clancy and Raymond Blake as they take a seat once more for a pair of interval drinks.

    Friday 28th November

    Intermezzo - Love in a Time of War

    Raymond Blake and Tomás Clancy meet once more for intervals drinks, when the conversation turns to the credibility a photo op with Yoko Ono might bring, the vitriol of YouTube commentators and the desirability of HIP, not to mention a new edition in the Blake household.

    Friday 21st November

    Intermezzo - Master Magician

    Tomás Clancy and Raymond Blake meet once more in the foyer to pick over the first half action at the concert hall, assess the legacy of the Ottoman Empire, and weigh the merits of compelling one's serfs to play in the orchestra.

    Friday 7th November

    Intermezzo - A German Requiem

    More half time team talking from Raymond Blake and Tomás Clancy, as the musical hurlers on the dyke peruse tonight's concert program, recalling Beethoven's chaotic premiers, and the religious fault lines revealed by A German Requiem.

    Friday 17th October

    Intermezzo - Out of Italy

    Tomás Clancy and Raymond Blake adjourn once more to the NCH foyer for an interval glass, where the conversation turns to the possibility of a secret cabal of oboists and the practicalities of composing to order.

    Friday 10th October

    Intermezzo - Swashbuckling Strauss!

    Tomás Clancy and Raymond Blake meet up once again for a glass and a gas, with the topics under discussion ranging from Dvorák’s real feeling about cellos to the inevitable shadow of the Nazi Party in Richard Strauss' life and work.

    Friday 3rd October

    Intermezzo - Music as Witness

    Interval artists Raymond Blake and Tomás Clancy take their usual seats in the NCH foyer, to discuss the best approach to Beethoven's much tinkered with operatic work, the pain that Joseph Joachim might have provided to Antonín Dvorák, and assess the degree of sincere remorse that Shostakovich ever felt in response to criticism, just and otherwise.

    Friday 26th September

    Intermezzo - Liszt, Schumann and Bartok

    Returning for the new season at the National Concert Hall are our regular foyer fanfaronaders, Raymond Blake and Tomàs Clancy, who this week engage in a search for Liszt's smoking gun and some possible explanations for Schuman's damaged hands, as well as lauding the living art of reed cutting.

    Friday 19th September

    Friday Concert Interval - 'Even So?'

    To celebrate the World Premier of Linda Buckley's Beloved On The Earth, featuring the late poetry of Raymond Carver, Luke Clancy talks to Carver's widow, Tess Gallagher, about the writer's final days and the remarkable poetry that sprang from them.

    Friday 12th September

    Friday Concert interval

    In tonight's interval, Sandy Burnett presents a composer profile of Richard Strauss.

    Friday 5th September

    The Friday Concert Interval

    In tonight's interval, Sandy Burnett presents a profile of composer Christophe Willibald Gluck.

    Saturday 21st June

    Interval chat with Bill Whelan

    Ellen Cranitch talks to Bill Whelan about his early days as a session musician.

    Friday 6th June

    Friday Concert interval

    Evelyn Grant talks to Claudia Boyle about her career, the female roles she has played and the upcoming Irish production of The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny.

    Friday 30th May

    Intermezzo - Idyllic Leavetakings

    Partir, c’est mourir un peu, this time, as Tomas Clancy and Raymond Blake bring their season of visits to the National Concert Hall foyer to a close with a reading of Tannhauser through the lens of Ridley Scott, as well as other meditations on music, politics and farewell.

    Friday 16th May

    Intermezzo - Hiawatha’s Wedding

    How Abbey Road links Elgar and John Lennon, and the eternals joys of the human voice are among the topics under discussion when interval drinks aficionados, Tomas Clancy and Raymond Blake meet for an entr'acte chat.

    Friday 2nd May

    Intermezzo - Hungarian Stories

    Conversation in the lobby tonight alights on Kodaly’s little known influence on Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind and the burnt orange notes of Liszt’s favourite wine, Tokaji, as Tomas Clancy and Raymond Blake meet up for an interval jar.

    Friday 11th April

    Intermezzo - The Emperor

    What to serve Tomas Clancy and Raymond Blake when you have them round to your place? Why, anything, of course. They have the simplest tastes. They are always satisfied with the best...Lafitte, Petrus, Latour, Beethoven, Mozart.

    Friday 4th April

    Intermezzo - Lieutenant Kije

    NCH lobby fixtures, Tomas Clancy and Raymond Blake, make short work of Prokofiev and confess to a taste for early Soviet cinema, though only when watched in the small hours via Youtube.

    Friday 14th March

    Intermezzo - Trumpet on Tour!

    What is that shiny object that Tomas Clancy has in his hands this evening, the former trumpet student is asked by his concert companion, Raymond Blake, as the two meet once more in the lobby for a VAT and a weighing of the merits of Miles Davis, gold dispensing ATMs and good chardonnay.

    Friday 28th February

    Intermezzo - Fantastique!

    Mortality and its various reminders are contemplated by Tomas Clancy and Raymond Blake as they come to terms with Saint-Saëns, 'Ash Envy' and the enduring charms of the defibrillator.

    Thursday 13th February

    Intermezzo - Hamlet's Fantasy

    How audiophile concerns have been washed away by the Youtube habit of watching great performances and a possible ingredient for a VAT are among the subjects discussed when Tomas Clancy and Raymond Blake meet once more for an interval vodka at the National Concert Hall.

    Friday 7th February

    Intermezzo - Bare Mountain

    The salubrious effects of a thimble of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and Prokofiev's last, great chess game are under discussion as Tomas Clancy and Raymond Blake find a seat in the foyer for an interval chat.

    Friday 31st January

    Intermezzo - Titans of the Heart

    Why the premier performance of Beethoven's Seventh Symphony was the Live Aid of its day, and how the image of Herbert Von Karajan seared itself onto the retinas of a generation are among the topics under discussion when Tomas Clancy and Raymond Blake convene in the foyer for another half time debrief.

    Friday 24th January

    Intermezzo - Rhapsodies & Fairytales

    Tomás Clancy and Raymond Blake discuss tonight's concert, which includes music by Copland, Gerswhin, Tchaikovsky & Ravel.

    Friday 17th January

    Intermezzo - London Calling...

    Fond memories of Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School for Boys are stirred as Tomás Clancy and Raymond Blake contemplate the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams and William Walton.

    Friday 10th January

    Intermezzo - Gershwin's Genius

    Ireland's foremost foyer tag team, Tomás Clancy and Raymond Blake, enjoy the works of Adams and Gershwin, and weigh in on the great Twentieth Century debates, from Marxism v Capitalism to Pepsi v Coke.

    Friday 29th November

    Intermezzo - Big on Britten: Saint Nicolas

    Tomás Clancy and Raymond Blake enjoy their interval refreshments while joining the dots between Britten's St Nicholas and Orwell's 1984, and finally deciding whether Sassicaia is indeed the best wine to drink either while listening to Rossini's music, or eating the dish that bears his name.

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