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On my radar: Michael Morpurgo's cultural highlights
The War Horse author on The Salisbury Poisonings, the pick of the Proms and why he longs to move to Leith…

03, Oct, 2020 @2:00 PM

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Patriotic songs give a sinking feeling | Brief letters
Brief letters: National anthems | Last Night of the Proms | Feast recipes | Rule of Six | Video interviews


14, Sep, 2020 @3:56 PM

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Last Night of the Proms review – party falls flat as BBC miss chance to speak up
Despite desperate cheeriness from assorted guests and committed performances from all musicians, this event is about more than the music, and 2020’s concert failed to reflect current times

Flora Willson

13, Sep, 2020 @1:59 PM

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Aurora Orch/Collon review – Ayres and Beethoven pairing is vivid and lithe
Richard Ayres’s complex Beethoven tribute had real emotional power, while the latter’s Seventh symphony – performed from memory – was a joyous celebration of energy

Andrew Clements

11, Sep, 2020 @11:56 AM

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BBCNOW/Bancroft review – panache, poignancy and a howl of protest
Ryan Bancroft’s first concert as principal conductor packed an emotional punch with a suite of American classics and a fierce new commission by Gavin Higgins

Tim Ashley

10, Sep, 2020 @11:12 AM

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The divided land of 'woke' and Tory | Stewart Lee
The rightwing press is practised at poisoning our politics with confected outrage

Stewart Lee

06, Sep, 2020 @9:00 AM

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The week in classical: LPO/Pappano; BBC Proms review – upbeat pleasures
The LPO strings, soloists and a stand-in by the name of Antonio Pappano shone in Britten and Schoenberg. And the stars aligned in a Prom to remember

Fiona Maddocks

05, Sep, 2020 @11:00 AM

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Rule, Britannia! row risks riling rightwingers | Letters
Letters: Alan Clark says an opinion piece went too far in calling the Last Night of the Proms a supremacist indulgence, while Peter Wrigley is bemused by the strength of public opinion on the matter. Plus Marie Paterson puts the issue into Orwellian perspective


04, Sep, 2020 @3:19 PM

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BBC says words to Rule, Britannia! will now be sung at Proms
Decision comes three days into tenure of new director general Tim Davie, who said original choice was due to Covid-19

Mark Brown Arts correspondent

02, Sep, 2020 @3:23 PM

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The Rule, Britannia! row is too important for anti-racists to ignore | Joseph Harker
This is not about the past, but the present, says Joseph Harker, Guardian Opinion deputy editor

Joseph Harker

02, Sep, 2020 @2:06 PM

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Nowhere to spend a penny on high street | Brief letters
Brief letters: Public loos | Shielding too late | Covid test record | Career progression | Jerusalem


01, Sep, 2020 @4:22 PM

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Proms changes replace jingoism with hope | Letters
Letters: Readers air their views in the debate over the traditional flag-waving anthems Rule, Britannia! and Land of Hope and Glory


31, Aug, 2020 @4:16 PM

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