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As we come through a global pandemic with implications for lives, society, and the arts, artists who work with NCH reflect and offer perspectives on where we are now…  

This occasional series will appear on NCH.ie and NCH’s social media channels and offer audiences reflections from a diverse range of artists – Irish and international.

Joyce DiDonato

In all her endeavours, both on and off the stage, Joyce DiDonato engages audiences through her energy, imagination, and commitment to her art form. Through these qualities, and with a constantly questing spirit, she has nurtured the vocal, musical and dramatic talents that have taken her to the pinnacle of her profession as a performer. Equally, they serve her as an eloquent and formidable advocate for the transformative power of the arts as she takes music far beyond the world’s great stages – to educational institutions, refugee camps, and maximum-security prisons. “Music heals,” she has said, “and it can fire people up with purpose and courage to change the world.”

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh

Next Up is Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh who makes music on a 10-string fiddle called the hardanger d'amore, who performs as a solo musician, in duos with Dan Trueman, Mick O'Brien and Brendan Begley, and as a member of The Gloaming and This is How we Fly.


Barry Douglas

Barry Douglas has established a major international career since winning the Gold Medal at the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition, Moscow. As Artistic Director of Camerata Ireland and the Clandeboye Festival, he continues to celebrate his Irish heritage whilst also maintaining a busy international touring schedule

Jennifer Walshe

Next up is Irish composer, vocalist & artist Jennifer Walshe with a written piece available to view and download here 


Cormac Begley

Next up is bass, baritone, treble and piccolo concertina player from West-Kerry, Cormac Begley.