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Play on, maestros … our pick of the BBC Proms 2021
The season may be slightly shorter than usual, but this year’s Proms will still include many tantalising pairings, several premieres and a fond farewell

Martin Kettle, Erica Jeal, Andrew Clements and Tim Ashley

27, Jul, 2021 @11:30 AM

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‘Nobody can gaslight us’: the rappers confronting Canada’s colonial horrors
The recent discovery of unmarked graves at residential schools is the latest incident in decades of trauma for Indigenous Canadians, who are using lyricism to process it

Kyle Mullin

27, Jul, 2021 @10:47 AM

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Laura Nyro: the phenomenal singers’ singer the 60s overlooked
Elton John idolised her and she wrote hits for the likes of Barbra Streisand, but her musical ambitions were out of sync with the times. Now a new collection reveals her intense originality in full

Richard Williams

27, Jul, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Simon Rattle: I always avoided ‘jingoistic’ Last Night of the Proms
Conductor admits elements of event known for its flag-waving and patriotic anthems made him uneasy

Lanre Bakare

26, Jul, 2021 @11:01 PM

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Britney Spears asks for accountant to replace father as conservator
Los Angeles court filing reveals Jason Rubin requested to take over position currently held by father Jamie Spears

Guardian staff and agencies

26, Jul, 2021 @10:25 PM

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Pink offers to pay fines for Norwegian women’s beach handball team
European Handball Federation fined players €1,500 for wearing shorts instead of bikini bottoms

Georgina Quach

26, Jul, 2021 @5:39 PM

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‘Finally!’ Bayreuth festival gets a female conductor for first time
Oksana Lyniv conducts Wagner’s opera Flying Dutchman in front of audience including Angela Merkel

Kate Connolly in Berlin

26, Jul, 2021 @3:08 PM

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Latitude festival review: a hyper-real return to glitter, beer and British musical brilliance
The first full-capacity festival since the pandemic began hosted a series of artists – Sons of Kemet and Self Esteem among them – that show how vibrant the UK’s scene still is

Kate Hutchinson

26, Jul, 2021 @12:47 PM

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Money talks: why is selling out OK now?
It’s an argument that’s raged for decades, taking in everyone from the Who to Nirvana to the Spice Girls, but a recalibration of what that term means has changed everything

Laura Snapes

26, Jul, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Bring it all back: why naff noughties pop is suddenly cool again
Perhaps longing for a more carefree era, artists such as Lorde, Billie Eilish and Haim are fondly looking back to when S Club 7 and Shania Twain frolicked in low-rise denim

Rachel Aroesti

26, Jul, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Letter: Sir Graham Vick obituary
Oliver Soden writes: He had a vision that managed simultaneously to equal, illumine and respect the radiant and wayward imagination of Stockhausen and Tippett

Oliver Soden

25, Jul, 2021 @4:04 PM

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UK music festivals at risk of cancellation due to ‘pingdemic’ staff shortages
Covid contact tracing app is forcing many workers into self isolation, as sector asks for government help

Lanre Bakare Arts and culture correspondent

25, Jul, 2021 @3:54 PM

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