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Prom 14: LSO/Gergiev review – Prokofiev piano concertos score mixed results

Royal Albert Hall, London Daniil Trifonov, Sergei Babayan and Alexei Volodin’s treatments of all five works were fine individual achievements that made a less than ideal evening / Following immediately on from Leif Ove ...

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Yo-Yo Ma: Bach, Big Bird and me

He has played for eight presidents and jammed on Sesame Street. But Yo-Yo Ma is now facing his biggest challenge yet – a Bach marathon at the Proms / Something weird happens in Bach’s fifth suite for unaccompanied cello. The ...

Yesterday   -  

BBCSO/Mälkki/Josefowicz review – committed and astoundingly vivid

Royal Albert Hall, London Luca Francesconi’s very effective violin concerto was played with tremendous commitment by Leila Josefowicz and the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Susanna Mälkki ...

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Brassed off: the music teachers on zero-hours contracts

Redundancies and cuts in funding may leave some children with no opportunity to learn a musical instrumentThis week Michele Lomas will give her last lesson for Wiltshire Music Service. After six years teaching brass instruments to children in the ...

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Paul Kelly honoured at 2015 Helpmann awards as politics meets showbiz

The Australian singer-songwriter accepted the JC Williamson award, thanking and paying tribute to the people who have supported his 35-year career / Helpmann awards 2015: the red carpet – in picturesSinger-songwriter Paul Kelly has been ...

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Helpmann awards 2015: red carpet arrivals – in pictures

Cate Blanchett, Paul Kelly, Kate Miller-Heidke and Judith Lucy were among the winners and presenters on the red carpet at Sydney’s Capitol theatre on Monday. There were performances from Les Misérables and Clare Bowditch and the Paul ...

July 27   -  

'I'm going to pidgin this up' - performer brings voice of Africa's pidgin to new opera

Inspired by Wagner, Nigerian Helen Parker-Jayne Isisbor’s quest to champion her often-derided west African vernacular has spawned the first pidgin opera / Mami Wata , Africa’s answer to the mermaids and sirens sprinkled throughout ...

July 27   -  

BCMG/Ollu review – consummate expertise with teeming, tangled Boulez

Cadogan Hall, London The French composer’s most substantial recent piece and a clutch of premieres provided colourful scoring / The four Saturday afternoon Proms at Cadogan Hall this year divide between baroque and new ...

July 27   -  

Song Queen: a Pidgin Opera – audio excerpt 1

An excerpt from the world's first opera to be sung in pidgin, an often-derided language spoken by 50 million people in west AfricaInspired by Wagner, Nigerian Helen Parker-Jayne Isisbor created Song Queen: a Pidgin Opera, about African ...

July 27   -  

Song Queen: a Pidgin Opera – audio excerpt 2

An excerpt from the world's first opera to be sung in pidgin, an often-derided language spoken by 50 million people in west AfricaInspired by Wagner, Nigerian Helen Parker-Jayne Isisbor created Song Queen: a Pidgin Opera, about African ...
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