Composer and songwriter Burt Bacharach is in Ireland for a series of concerts at the National Concert Hall.

Now aged 72 Burt Bacharach has been enjoying renewed success in recent years as many musicians and artists revive his music.

Recent collaborations include girl band 'All Saints' and Elvis Costello who says that the composer's huge body of work is there for anybody that wants to listen.

Burt Bacharach’s compositions revolutionised pop music through his elaborate arrangements, chord sequences and adventurous rhythms.

The Oscar winner talks about growing up listening to jazz and musicians like Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, who were playing spectacular music thirty light years ahead of anything else.

After all the pretty chords, you’ve got to have a melody.

One of his personal favourites from his own repertoire is ‘Alfie’.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 20 July 2000. The reporter is Colm Connolly.