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October 22   -  

quartet-lab: a string quartet who open your ears to new ways of listening

At last nights Wigmore Hall concert, quartet-lab created a framework within which anything was possible, permissible, and comprehensible. / quartet-labs concerts are as experimental, boundary-pushing, but as curiously organic as the most ...

October 21   -  

10 of the best: Classical music comedies and parodies

We present an occasional and light-hearted series: a selection of 10 clips, this week our pick of classical musics best parodies, comedies and sketches. What are your own favourites? Tell us in the comments section below / So lets begin with ...

October 17   -  

Haydn the opera composer - why are his stage works neglected?

Haydn wrote 15 operas. Thanks to English Touring Opera, theres a rare opportunity to see one of them this autumn. / Haydn the opera composer. Really? The story of the symphony is unthinkable without him, but despite writing 15 full-scale ...

October 14   -  

Radio 3 offers a unique service; surely as many as possible should have access to it?

Tom Watsons suggestion that Radio 3 should give up its FM slot to 6 Music is baffling / Tom Watsons suggestion that Radio 3 should give up its FM signal to its 6 Music colleagues, seeing as they get 0.01m more listeners, according to the last ...

October 14   -  

The Ulster Orchestra: facing extinction

Theres only four weeks to save Northern Irelands only full-time professional orchestra / Crisis. Its the most overused word in telling the stories of arts organisations that face an uncertain future, but it is alas all-too justified when it ...

October 13   -  

James Rhodes needs your unloved and unplayed instruments

Well, not literally. Donate them to schools and help the Dont Stop the Music campaign / Under a week to go: weve all got until Friday 17 October to do our bit for James Rhodess Instrument Amnesty. Its not the first of its kind, but certainly ...

October 9   -  

Go Schubert crazy at the Oxford Lieder festival all 650 songs performed live

For three unbelievable weeks in Oxford, the Schubert Project will present the complete repertoire of Schuberts songs, the first time ever in this country / From 10 October until 1 November, something unbelievable is happening in Oxford. Across ...

October 6   -  

What will Daniele Gatti bring to world's best symphony orchestra?

The newly announced music director of Amsterdams Royal Concertgebouw in 2016 will arrive at a time when it has never been so critically lauded or financially threatened / The Gramophone Magazine-anointed worlds best symphony orchestra, the ...

September 30   -  

The lockout continues in Atlanta, while in London the LPO looks to the future

The tide might be turning for Atlanta Symphony Orchestras locked-out musicians; plus Jurowski extends his LPO contract to 2018. / Two pieces of big orchestral news, one positive, the other a continuing story of a creeping tragedy, but which ...

September 29   -  

Mozart's A major piano sonata K331: the manuscript is discovered!

A chance finding in Budapest has brought a fascinating Mozart manuscript to light. But why cant we look at it properly? / News has just come to light of a major Mozart discovery, of a priceless manuscript that had lain in the musty depths of ...
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