Music

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BBC Young Musician 2020 final review – a golden year
Fang Zhang triumphed with an exhilarating marimba rhapsody in an evening of dazzling performances by three teen virtuosos

Fiona Maddocks

08, May, 2021 @11:30 AM

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Classical home listening: a dream wind ensemble and the female muse
The Orsino Ensemble and Pavel Kolesnikov sparkle their way through the belle époque

Fiona Maddocks

08, May, 2021 @11:00 AM

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The Scientists, L-Fresh the Lion, Holiday Sidewinder: Australia’s best new music for May
Each month we add 20 new songs to our Spotify playlist. Read about 10 of our favourites here – and subscribe on Spotify, which updates with the full list at the start of each month

Nathan Jolly and Guardian Australia

07, May, 2021 @8:00 PM

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Tion Wayne and Russ Millions’ Body is first drill song to go to UK No 1
Catchy song has inspired viral social media trends and racked up 71,000 chart sales and 10.7m streams to date

Aamna Mohdin

07, May, 2021 @5:00 PM

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Len Skeat obituary
Other lives: Jazz double bassist with a 50-year career in recordings, concerts and West End shows and a long association with the singer Peggy Lee

Digby Fairweather

07, May, 2021 @4:39 PM

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Coldplay’s Chris Martin says lockdowns forced him to re-evaluate fame
Frontman says Covid pandemic means he has tried ‘to not attach too much to being a pop star’

Lucy Campbell

07, May, 2021 @3:28 PM

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From the Snuts to Harmonica Lewinsky: we have officially run out of band names
Are so many new artists arriving with rubbish monikers because all the good ones are taken? And, if so, what can be done about it?

Mark Beaumont

07, May, 2021 @12:00 PM

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This week’s new tracks: Joan, Self Esteem, the Weeknd, Ariana Grande
This week we’ve got some highly-caffeinated pop, a spoken-word banger, and possibly the collaboration of the year

Michael Cragg

07, May, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Angrusori: Live at Tou review – Romany songs of birth, death and black comedy
Using tango, flamenco, junkyard jazz and more, the pan-European group turn stories of migration, pain and persecution into something transcendent

John Lewis

07, May, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Sophia Kennedy: Monsters review – showtunes and sub-bass from sonic shapeshifter
Unable to categorise the Baltimore-born, Hamburg-bred artist, you are thrown into her disarming, disorientating but oddly relaxing emotional world

Rachel Aroesti

07, May, 2021 @7:30 AM

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Olivia Rodrigo: ‘I’m a teenage girl. I feel heartbreak and longing really intensely’
The Drivers License singer reflects on turning her first big breakup into the year’s biggest hit – and how songwriting saved her from the anxieties of being a Disney star

Laura Snapes

07, May, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Schumann: The Piano Trios; Piano Quintet; Piano Quartet review | Andrew Clements's classical album of the week
Trio Wanderer capture Schumann’s playfulness in a group of works demanding contrast and balance

Andrew Clements

06, May, 2021 @5:00 PM

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