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From Adès’ angel to Verdi’s fat knight: what to see as classical and opera venues reopen
Live music is back across the UK; we pick ten events to brighten the coming months

Andrew Clements

14, May, 2021 @3:42 PM

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Anthony Payne obituary
Composer celebrated for completing Elgar’s Third Symphony but whose own voice was more modernist in style

Barry Millington

04, May, 2021 @4:53 PM

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Sidney Denbin obituary
Other lives: Cellist who travelled the world with orchestras and was a fixture at the Proms

Oli de Botton

27, Apr, 2021 @4:43 PM

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A year since our concert halls fell silent, what future for classical music?
As UK culture eyes a slow and cautious return, what can we expect from our opera houses and orchestras, many of which have failed to seize the digital opportunities this past year

Andrew Clements

19, Mar, 2021 @10:24 AM

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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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