Ahead of the release of Barbra Streisand's autobiography, My Name Is Barbra, we'll enjoy a selection of songs from this singer, star of stage and screen, composer, film producer and director. Irish film music from An Cailín Ciúin by Stephen Rennicks and Albert Nobbs by Brian Byrne, played by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Music by French composer Alexandre Desplat from Little Women and Girl with a Pearl Earring, and a little nostalgia with The Railway Children.

RTÉ lyric fm, Saturday 4th November, 1pm-4pm


Erlanger's L'Aube rouge from Wexford Festival Opera 2023

Paul Herriott brings us quite an operatic re-discovery from Wexford Festival Opera with Camille Erlanger's L'Aube rouge or 'Red Dawn'. It just wouldn't be an opera without that inevitable love story and tonight's plot features Olga, sung by Andreea Soare, who was born into a reactionary military family and joins an armed struggle to fight against the unfair treatment of her people. She swears eternal love to Serge sung by Andrew Morstein but alas, as Romeo and Juliet teach us, these star-crossed lovers will not have an easy life. Guillaume Tourniaire conducts the Wexford Festival Opera Orchestra and Chorus. This production was recorded on October 25th but will be relayed this evening to Irish listeners and to an audience of over 12 million across the European Broadcasting Union.

RTÉ lyric fm, Saturday 4th November, 7pm-10pm


A most curious character, Hans Sachs is best-known not for his music (though his prolific output includes over 4200 melodies!) but for being immortalised in Wagner's opera, 'Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg'. As a poetic everyman, he is the hero of the opera while his tunes seem to be relegated to the back-alleys of music history. Vlad will take you on a musical tour this morning that includes some of Sachs' Meisterlieder or 'Master-tunes', plus a serving of Gabrielis, Schuetz and Samuel Scheidt to enliven your time with Vox Nostra.

RTÉ lyric fm, Sunday 5th November, 7am-10am


Vocal Chords with Sinéad O'Connor

When Sinéad O'Connor died in July this year the world was deprived of one of its most distinctive and significant voices. In 2015 Sinéad explored that voice with Iarla Ó Lionáird as part of his series Vocal Chords which was made for the Lyric Feature.

Vocal Chords was a documentary series which took presenter Iarla Ó Lionáird on a musical odyssey to discover the global phenomenon of the human voice, asking the simple but vital questions - why do we sing and what happens when we do?

In this programme he talks to Sinéad O'Connor about her life's journey, her love of song and her relationship with her voice. She says singing is her life. 'I couldn't be me if I wasn't's the thing that keeps you hanging on...a rope is what I always think songs are and therefore singing is the same. Ropes that you can hang onto.'

Producer: Helen Shaw
Recordist: Michael Gallen
Audio editor, Coordinator: Amy Millar
An Athena Media production for RTÉ lyric fm
(First broadcast - 13th March 2015)

RTÉ lyric fm, Sunday 5th November, 6pm-7pm


We visit All Saints Church in Castleconnell for today's Full Score where mezzo-soprano Aebh Kelly and pianist Dearbhla Collins perform a concert full of opera, operetta and song. 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 6th November, 1pm-4pm

Aebh Kelly


Niall Carroll plays music from the heart of the classical repertoire with Sounds on Screen, a piece from either the big or the small screen at 11am, and at midday Niall chooses his Five of a Kind. This week Niall chooses five movements from JS Bach's Violin Concertos.

RTÉ lyric fm, Tuesday 7th November, 10am-1pm


Petr Popelka conducts the Norwegian Radio Orchestra in a programme of music by Dvorak and Grieg with Norwegian pianist Christian Ihle Hadland performing Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16, his only completed concerto. Liz Nolan presents a showcase of unabridged musical masterworks, featuring live recordings of Irish and international performers, plus selections from the latest CD releases.

Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16
Grieg: Symphonic dances, Op. 64
Dvorak: Slavonic Dance No. 7 in C minor, Op. 46
Grieg: In the Hall of the Mountain King, from Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46 (encore)
Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Petr Popelka, conductor
Christian Ihle Hadland, piano

RTÉ lyric fm, Wednesday 8th November, 1pm-4pm

Christian Ihle Hadland


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. The listeners take creative control today and pick a piece of music from Lorcan's midweek choice selection. 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 8th November, 4pm-7pm


Mystery Train is a nightly journey through the many wonders of recorded music - from its vintage glories to the latest sounds. Essential listening for the discerning music fan.

RTÉ lyric fm, Thursday 9th November, 7pm-9pm


Paul Herriott has a real treat in store for listeners this evening with one of the finest quartets the Danish String Quartet performing Schubert and Mozart in a performance recorded last month at the National Concert Hall as part of their International Concert Series. Paul also brings us some of the most promising Irish Talent from last month's finals of the Freemasons Young Musician Competition with performances by violinist Kate O'Shea, pianists Ella Nagy and Rowel Elesio Friers and saxophonist Gavin Hodson.

RTÉ lyric fm, Friday 10th November, 7pm-10pm