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April 22   -  

Smaller is beautiful: ENO's new season offers invention and ambition

Even if the 2015-16 season’s focus and concentration are the direct result of financial body-blows, this could be a year to remember for the right reasons at the Coliseum / News: ENO announce cloth-cutting new ...

April 22   -  

Play it their way: tap into the expertise of Britain's top classical musicians

Musical Orbit is a great idea, offering one-on-one tutorials with top professionals. Can it overcome the technical difficulties? / Sometimes the internet makes you realise the world can be a place of a nearly infinite musical possibilities. The ...

March 11   -  

Thomas Dausgaard to take over at BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

The Danish-born musician becomes the Glasgow orchestra’s chief conductor in September 2016. / The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra today announces their new Chief Conductor: the Danish conductor Thomas Dausgaard will take over from Donald ...

March 6   -  

The 10 best operas by women

From the 17th century to the present day, there are hundreds of operas written by women – many shamefully unknown and underperformed. From a modern adaptation of Alice in Wonderland to an early gem, here are a few favourites / In honour ...

March 3   -  

Simon Rattle is the seismic, creative shock UK classical music needs

Conductor’s appointment as LSO music director could be catalyst for genre’s revitalisation, from schools to (new) concert halls / Sir Simon Rattle’s return to Britain is a once-in-a-generation opportunity; not just for the ...

February 26   -  

The musical and environmental mindfulness of John Luther Adams

The activist and composer is inspired by the natural processes he sees all around him – but refuses to let politics take charge of the music / It’s not often that a composer sets out their aesthetic and ethical credo as clearly as ...

February 25   -  

Frank Peter Zimmermann loses his Stradivarius as prices soar

In a market driven by money and aesthetic one-upmanship, what chance do real musicians have of playing older instruments? / A surprisingly common problem, this: the violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann has had to give back his 1711 Stradivarius ...

February 20   -  

The announcements that herald exciting times for UK classical music

The prospect of Sir Simon Rattle returning to the UK at a new world-class music centre, and news of £5 million of government money for the refurbishment of Colston Hall, should have classical music fans singing for joy / Have Simon ...

February 19   -  

Lucerne festival’s spirited programme looks for laughs

The programme for this summer’s classical music festival in Switzerland features the humour of Haydn, Simon Rattle with the Berlin and the Vienna philharmonics and a 90th-birthday tribute to Pierre Boulez / Interesting news from the ...

February 18   -  

Pulling the strings: why Britain's orchestras say new tax measures don't play fair

Orchestras can only apply for new tax relief if they fit the government’s bizarre idea of what an orchestra should be – and that cuts out string ensembles, choirs and brass bands / Another reminder of the government’s ability ...
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