John Williams has composed some of the most popular, recognisable, and critically acclaimed film scores in cinematic history. In the week of his 90th Birthday, all of today's movie music choices will be by Maestro Williams, from Jaws to ET, from Star Wars to Harry Potter and from Schindler's List to Catch me if you Can. Aedín will also include excerpts from his exciting debut performance as conductor with The Berlin Philharmonic. On the musicals front, hit songs from Dear Evan Hanson, Oklahoma, Singin' in the Rain and High Society.

RTÉ lyric fm, Saturday 5th February, 1pm-4pm


The best orchestral works, chamber music and favourite tunes, performed by great international and Irish artists.

6pm - In Poetry File Ciaran O'Driscoll reads his poem Fairies

CIARAN O'DRISCOLL lives in Limerick. A member of Aosdána, he has published ten books of poetry, including Gog and Magog (1987), Moving On, Still There (2001), Surreal Man (2006) and, most recently, Angel Hour (2021) His work has been translated into many languages. His fourth collection, The Old Women of Magione, was translated into Italian in 2006, and a Selected Poems in Slovene translation was published in 2013. Liverpool University Press published his childhood memoir, A Runner Among Falling Leaves (2001). His novel, A Year's Midnight, was published by Pighog Press (2012).

His awards include the James Joyce Prize and the Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship in Poetry. His poem 'Please Hold' (featured in Forward's anthology Poems of the Decade) has become a set text for A Level English Literature.

RTÉ lyric fm, Saturday 5th February, 4pm-6.30pm


The Metropolitan Opera New York presents: Historic broadcast moments from The Met's First Decade on the Air

The Met Opera continues their celebration of their 90th anniversary with this programme of historic broadcast moments from the 1930s through 1941. It will feature many of the thrilling singers radio listeners were able to discover during their first decade on the air - such as Kirsten Flagstad, Lauritz Melchior, Ezio Pinza, Lily Pons, and Rosa Ponselle, among many others - all captured in live performances from the Met stage.

RTÉ lyric fm, Saturday 5th February, 7pm-10pm


OK Ockeghem! The Franco-Flemish composer had at least six different spellings of his surname (take your pick: Johannes Ockeghem, Okeghem, Ogkegum, Okchem, Hocquegam, or Ockegham), but his music had a beauty and charm that made him the most renowned composer between Guillaume

Dufay and Josquin Desprez. With just a month to go until Early Music month, Vlad lays out a map of musical delights this Sunday morning that features the vocal music of Ockeghem, plus WIlliam Lawes, Juan Garcia de Salazar, Alonso de Tejeda and Mary Dering.

RTÉ lyric fm, Sunday 6th February, 7am-10am


The Limerick Man

Edward Lear (1812-88) is best known as the author of The Owl and the Pussy-cat, limericks, and other nonsense verse. Less well known is that he was also an artist and composer, and that he had a life-long interest in Ireland as a source of literary and musical inspiration. In The Limerick Man, Sara Lodge, author of Inventing Edward Lear, traces his Irish journeys and friendships and their influence on his creative life. Along the way she visits Dublin Zoo where keeper Edward O'Brien tells her what the zoo would have been like when Lear visited and the National Gallery of Ireland where Anne Hodge shows her the sketches Lear made while in Ireland. We also hear from musicologist Sarah MacLeave about Lear's admiration for Thomas Moore and the poet Jane Clarke discusses her lifelong engagement with Lear's poetry.

The words of Edward Lear are read by John Leeson, while baritone Edward Robinson and pianist David Owen Norris perform some of Edward Lear's nonsense verse set to music by Lear and others, and Lear's settings of poems by Tennyson.

Presenter: Sara Lodge
Producer: Claire Cunningham
A Rockfinch production funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland from the Television Licence Fee.
Music recorded at Alice's Loft Music with sound engineer Marc McCouig.
Sound supervision by Tinpot Productions.
Additional editing and recording by Guy Drucker.

RTÉ lyric fm, Sunday 6th February, 6pm-7pm


The next 12 weeks will be devoted to examining the work and the significance of the so-called Great American Songbook, focusing on the six greatest exponents of the art of popular song in the 20th century - Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen, Richard Rodgers and Cole Porter. The series explores the relationship between this body of composition and the basic jazz repertoire, talking along the way to many experts and practitioners within the genre, including pianist Bill Charlap, writer and critic Gary Giddins, jazz historian and writer Dan Morgenstern, singer and pianist Daryll Sherman, writer and jazz critic Will Friedwald, jazz jock and curator of jazz at Lincoln Centre Phil Schapp and veteran guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli and many more.

Episode 1: The Blueprint for Popular Song

The first programme in the series views the broad spectrum of this immense catalogue of music through the eyes of jazz pianist, Bill Charlap.

(First broadcast 2009)

RTÉ lyric fm, Sunday 6th February, 9pm—10pm


The Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra performs a thoroughly Russian programme of music by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov and Mussorgsky with adaptations for saxophone and orchestra bringing fresh insight, performed by classical saxophonist Asya Fateyeva (Photo: Marco Borggreve). Liz Nolan presents a showcase of unabridged musical masterworks, featuring live recordings of Irish and international performers, plus selections from the latest CD releases.

RTÉ lyric fm, Monday 7th February, 1pm-4pm


Niall Carroll plays music from the heart of the classical repertoire. At midday each day Niall chooses his Five of a Kind. This week we'll hear five movements from JS Bach's Brandenburg Concertos.

RTÉ lyric fm, Tuesday 8th February, 10am-1pm


Irish tenor Eamonn Mulhall and pianist Niall Kinsella (below) perform Schubert's first iconic song-cycle, Die schöne Müllerin. Composed in 1823, this beloved cycle explores themes of unrequited love, jealousy and heartbreak as a young man falls in love with a Miller's daughter over the course of twenty songs. Liz Nolan presents a showcase of unabridged musical masterworks, featuring live recordings of Irish and international performers, plus selections from the latest CD releases.

Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin, Op. 25, D795

RTÉ lyric fm, Tuesday 8th February, 1pm-4pm


The BBC Concert Orchestra performs work by its Composer in Residence, Dobrinka Tabakova, conducted by Bramwell Tovey.

The first half of the concert, which is curated by Tabakova, pairs her sensuous Cello Concerto, performed by Laura van der Heijden, with Vaughan Williams' endlessly appealing Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis. The composer describes the piece as a 'seamless journey' through three movements marked 'Turbulent', 'Longing' and 'Radiant.' Written in 2008, it seems a perfect metaphor for the emotions of lockdown and its eventual dissolution.

Liz Nolan presents a showcase of unabridged musical masterworks, featuring live recordings of Irish and international performers, plus selections from the latest CD releases.

Jessie Montgomery: Starburst
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Tabakova: Cello Concerto (2008)
de Falla: Ritual Fire Dance, from 'El amor brujo (Love, the Magician)'
Tabakova: Earth Suite

BBC Concert Orchestra
Bramwell Tovey, conductor
Laura van der Heijden, cello

RTÉ lyric fm, Wednesday 9th February, 1pm-4pm


Each day, Lorcan brings you the perfect musical soundtrack, wherever you are including at 6.10pm, in Culture File, Luke Clancy's daily guide to creativity in the world around us.

RTÉ lyric fm, Thursday 10th February, 4pm-7pm


Join Paul Herriott at the National Concert Hall with Australian born Jessica Cottis conducting the National Symphony Orchestra for a concert including Mozart, Shostakovich and a World Premiere by Donnacha Dennehy.

Donnacha Dennehy: Memoria (World Premiere, NSO Commission)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 27
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9
Jessica Cottis (conductor)
Paul Lewis (piano)

RTÉ lyric fm, Friday 11th February, 7pm-10pm