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November 27   -  

Britten's legacy lives on with 10 brand new commissions

Aldeburgh Music has commissioned 10 new songs for communal singing; you can listen to schoolchildren across Europe perform them live tomorrow / Here’s a manifestly and undeniably Good Thing. Aldeburgh Music’s Friday Afternoons - a ...

November 24   -  

Watch LCO & Jonny Greenwood - it's a big deal because it's no big deal

Check out the Boiler Room’s stream of a live collaboration between Jonny Greenwood and the London Contemporary Orchestra. Groundbreaking and bold? Maybe; great music, yes, definitely. / The London Contemporary Orchestra makes its debut ...

November 21   -  

67P and the sounds of the universe

Listen to the strange music of the spheres with recordings gathered by spacecraft – and encounter the terrifying power of the cosmos / Space. The final frontier. And so are the sounds it makes. Yes, yes I know: there are no actual ...

November 19   -  

Bayreuth pulls the plug on controversial director

Performance artist Jonathan Meese, notorious for performing the Nazi salute on stage, will no longer direct Wagner’s Parsifal for the 2016 festival / With hindsight, it always looked likely to be another of those Bayreuth appointments ...

November 18   -  

10 of the best: where jazz meets classical

Fusion all too often means a hybrid that takes the bite out of both genres. Tom Service picks his 10 favourite moments when jazz met classical and the result was inspired rather than insipid / As the London jazz festival gets into full swing, ...

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 ...
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