Pompei by Robert Harris.
Dunkirk — and in particular, the use of music in the film was stunning.
At a recent visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, I was particularly moved by exhibits that included: Emanuel Leutze’s ‘Washington Crossing The Delaware’, Georges Seurat’s ‘Circus Sideshow’, and Frederic Remington’s depictions of the American West. Going to see these works with my son Liam was very special.
As preparation for a radio programme, I revisited Gyorgy Ligeti’s ‘Lux Aeterna’. I don’t have the words to express how it feels to experience this music.
On first hearing Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon on headphones as a young teenager — mind expanding!
Peter Gabriel’s ‘Growing Up Tour’ 2003 in London, with extraordinary design work by Robert Lapage.
I love to watch something in the evening with my wife Eimear — usually a film. Us time.
PBS’s Meet the Composer with Nadia Sirota, John Kelly on RTÉ Lyric, and Marian Richardson’s Playback on RTE Radio 1. Though I really miss Carl Corcoran’s Blue of the Night.
Peter Gabriel with piano, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, solo, and alas David Bowie.
Being served dinner by the wonderful and generous Jeremy Irons and his wife Sinead Cusack after a London show was, of course, amazing.
I would love to be able to live in Ireland prior to the Tudor incursions to get a feel for our ancient Gaelic civilisation.
I would ensure that streaming services paid musicians properly, which they do not.
On my mother’s side our ancestors included the ‘O’Herlihy Priest Poets’ — so there!
All the many carers who toil at home, giving time and love to those in need.
Make education and healthcare free for everyone at every level. And make music education fully resourced and mandatory.