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November 5   -  

The joy of sax: the 10 best orchestral saxophones

To mark the bicentenary of the birth of its inventor, Adolph Sax - surely the most famous musical-instrument maker Belgium has ever produced - we present 10 of his instruments finest classical moments / When Sax first produced the saxophone, ...

October 30   -  

10 of the best: metal meets classical

We celebrate Halloween by turning to the dark side with our pick of the 10 best heavy metal covers of classical tunes / It is, of course, one of the most honourable cross-connections in contemporary musical culture, the virtuosity and emotional ...

October 22   -  

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

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

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 music’s best parodies, comedies and sketches. What are your own favourites? Tell us in the comments section below / So let’s ...

October 17   -  

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

Haydn wrote 15 operas. Thanks to English Touring Opera, there’s 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 ...

October 14   -  

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

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

October 14   -  

The Ulster Orchestra: facing extinction

There’s only four weeks to save Northern Ireland’s only full-time professional orchestra / Crisis. It’s the most overused word in telling the stories of arts organisations that face an uncertain future, but it is – alas ...

October 13   -  

James Rhodes needs your unloved and unplayed instruments

Well, not literally. Donate them to schools and help the Don’t Stop the Music campaign / Under a week to go: we’ve all got until Friday 17 October to do our bit for James Rhodes’s Instrument Amnesty. It’s not the first ...

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 Schubert’s songs, the first time ever in this country / From 10 October until 1 November, something unbelievable is happening in Oxford. ...

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 ...
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