Evonne Ferguson will be up with the early birds to ease you into the weekend with her selections of music from across the centuries plus news and weather, including a selection of Handel highlights for this May morning. At 9.20 we explore the lesser-known realms of nature on our island in Nature File with ecologist, Anja Murray.

Episode 12 - Oak tree flowers

Oak trees produce dangling golden catkins in April, each adorned with flowers containing the pollen for a new generation. Female flowers turn in to little buds in summer, develop into acorns in autumn, each with the potential to become a mighty Oak tree. This week, Nature File takes a long term view on the life of an Oak.

RTÉ lyric fm, Saturday 21st May, 7am-10am


The Metropolitan Opera, New York presents Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor

In recent seasons, soprano Nadine Sierra has brought down the house at the Met with virtuosic vocalism and captivating stage presence as Gilda in Rigoletto, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Ilia in Idomeneo. Now, she takes on one of the repertory's most formidable and storied roles, the haunted heroine of Lucia di Lammermoor, in an electrifying new staging by in-demand Australian theater and film director Simon Stone, conducted by Riccardo Frizza. Show-stopping tenor Javier Camarena adds to the bel canto fireworks as Lucia's beloved, Edgardo, with baritone Artur Rucinski as her overbearing brother, Enrico, and bass Matthew Rose as her tutor, Raimondo.

RTÉ lyric fm, Saturday 21st May, 7pm-10pm


The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble has a history of interesting and imaginative projects for historical brasswinds. Ahead of their upcoming visit to Galway's Early Music Festival at the end of May, Vlad talks to Gawain Glenton about the group's history and upcoming projects. Two instruments you've often heard on Vox Nostra (but have always wanted to know more about) are core to the group's sound, so expect some cornetto history and a simple introduction to the sackbut. Music for windy Instruments and much more!

RTÉ lyric fm, Sunday 22nd May, 7am-10am


Wild Nephin

Limerick-born poet Seán Lysaght has lived for many years in Mayo. In this programme, he explores the landscape, nature and history of north Mayo in poetry and in conversation with friends who all have a deep relationship with this remote and beautiful part of Ireland.

He visits the Marine Institute to hear from zoologist Elvira de Eyto about the Institute's research into fish migration, meets up with friend and fellow fisherman Chris Huxley, hears about a remarkable

discovery linked to some of the earliest inhabitants of Mayo from Michael Chambers at Wild Nephin National Park, and Georgia MacMillan of Mayo Dark Sky Park, shares her fascination with the night sky.

Throughout the programme, Seán reads poems inspired by Mayo which he has written over the years. His most recent poetry collection, New Leaf, was published in May 2021 by The Gallery Press, and his prose book Wild Nephin was published in 2020 by Stonechat Editions.

Wild Nephin is a Rockfinch production for RTÉ lyric fm. Sound supervision was by Tinpot Productions.
Producer: Claire Cunningham
Producer for RTÉ lyric fm: Eoin O Kelly.
The programme was funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland from the Television Licence Fee.

RTÉ lyric fm, Sunday 22nd May, 6pm-7pm


Our Full Score concert comes from the West Wicklow Music Festival Winter Weekend and features Sharon Carty (mezzo-soprano) & Gary Beecher (piano) performing songs by Schubert, Debussy and Grieg. 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 23rd May, 1pm-4pm


Niall Carroll plays music from the heart of the classical repertoire. In Five of a Kind at midday Niall chooses five works by the Austrian-born Erich Korngold who was one of the most influential composers of Hollywood's Golden Age.

RTÉ lyric fm, Tuesday 24th May, 10am-1pm


Broadcasting live daily Monday to Friday evenings from our Limerick studios, Lorcan Murray presents RTÉ lyric fm's flagship show, Classic Drive. Lorcan brings you the perfect musical soundtrack, wherever you are, sharing a feast of music with both the curious and the knowledgeable and featuring listeners own choices. Included in this musical feast are the latest news and sports updates and tips for what's on where you are. There, for one and all, Lorcan's with you all the way.

RTÉ lyric fm, Wednesday 25th May, 4pm-7pm


Music of mourning, compassion and hope in memory of George Floyd and all victims of racial violence and hate in today's Full Score concert with the Minnesota Orchestra. Led by Osmo Vänskä, featuring violinist Karen Gomyo, the program will include Shostakovich's Chamber Symphony, which the composer dedicated to the victims of fascism and war; Chevalier de Saint-Georges' Concerto in D major for Violin and Orchestra; Carlos Simon's 'An Elegy: A Cry from the Grave'; and Mahler's Adagietto from Symphony No. 5. 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, Thursday 26th May, 1pm-4pm


Paul Herriott hosts this concert live from the National Concert Hall with Chief Conductor Jaime Martin on the podium to conduct Mahler and Schubert lieder with the internationally acclaimed Anne Sofie von Otter performing.

Mahler: Blumine
Schubert: Selected Lieder with Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano
Mahler: Symphony No. 1, 'Titan'

National Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Martin (chief conductor)

RTÉ lyric fm, Friday 27th May, 7pm-10pm