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July 16   -  

The Proms, week one

Tom Service picks his highlights from the first week: something old, done anew, and something new, that was long overdue / Every July, that velvet-clad Victorian coliseum in South Kensington becomes a weird temporal vortex: ...

June 27   -  

Why Rattle and the LSO would be a perfect match

With Gergiev's tenure ending in 2015, the LSO needs a new chief conductor. The energy and leadership that Rattle could bring to the job would have a catalytic effect on the musical life of the whole country / Just a wee ...

June 11   -  

Sex still sells classical music but attitudes are changing

Woman's Hour presenter Jenni Murray acknowledges a universal truth, but British orchestras are becoming more feminine across all departments / It is a truth universally acknowledged that marketing people use good-looking ...

May 31   -  

Beethoven's Ninth, the app: an Ode to iJoy

Tom Service reviews a classical music app that takes you to the heart of Beethoven's Ninth / The Philharmonia's Orchestra app last year was a huge step forward for classical music infotainment. This month sees the launch of ...

May 22   -  

Henri Dutilleux dies aged 97

French composer Henri Dutilleux has died at the age of 97, it was announced earlier today. / I recently wrote about his exquisite catalogue of pieces in my contemporary music guide. His is music of luminous enchantment that was only becoming ...

May 20   -  

Contemporary classical music guide round-up

Choosing just 50 composers to tell the story of the contemporary classical music scene has been a rich and rewarding experience, but I'm only too aware of the ones that got away / Well, it was never going to be possible to be ...

May 8   -  

Steve Martland: an appreciation

The Liverpudlian composer's music is full of top tunes, infectious rhythmic power, and bold, poster-paint colours, writes Tom Service. / Steve Martland, whose death from a heart attack at 53 has just been announced, was an ...

May 7   -  

A guide to Karlheinz Stockhausen's music

Our contemporary composers series ends with the most divisive figure of them all: Stockhausen / Karlheinz Stockhausen has arguably done more to transform 20th- and 21st-century music than any other single composer: from ...

April 30   -  

Sound and Music: A new era dawns

Sound and Music has gone back to basics. Is it time to call for an end to hostilities and get behind the new-model institution? / To say that Sound and Music was an institution in need of a rebrand this time last year is ...

April 29   -  

A guide to the music of Alfred Schnittke

The real legacy of Schnittke's music is its multidimensional exploration of what musical truth in the 20th century might be, from chaotic polystylism to heartfelt spirituality All articles in this series / What constitutes ...

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