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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 ...

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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