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Michael makes his London debut as Candide in Leonard Bernstein’s stage-work, one that means much to the singer… Ask American tenor Michael Slattery about his musical influences and his response...
This Sunday, 6 February, finds the Wigmore Hall bringing together Stradivarius violins and new music… You are invited to a book launch and a concert at the Wigmore Hall, Sunday...
2005 is the 60th-birthday year of the Philharmonia Orchestra; one of its former Principal Conductors, Riccardo Muti, is about to return… There is, thankfully, something above and beyond the mostly...
Kurt Masur talks about the continuing importance of Beethoven’s music… Seated in his Royal Festival Hall dressing room, Kurt Masur asks if I’m interviewing him for radio or television. I...
”Darkness into Light”, the BBC Symphony Orchestra features James MacMillan for its January Weekend, 14th-16th, about which the composer speaks… London’s contemporary music agenda for January now regularly includes the...
Daniel Harding is announced as the London Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor. On Sunday 9 January Harding conducts the LSO in Mahler’s Symphony No.4, and he has a new recording...
Anthony Payne talks about his award-winning work Visions and Journeys, and the British Composer Awards Classical composers get awards, too. “I think we rather like them!” says Anthony Payne. He...
Stephen Hough talks about Rachmaninov and Richmond Stephen Hough has just recorded, with the Dallas Symphony and Andrew Litton, Rachmaninov’s Piano Concertos and Paganini Rhapsody to very enthusiastic reviews (Hyperion...
Semyon Bychkov brings his Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra to London for a concert on 1 December to include Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony. “My mother is a survivor of the siege, and...
Stephen Layton, conductor of Polyphony, looks forward to the John Tavener Birthday Concert at the Barbican Hall on 19 November… Mention composer John Tavener and the reaction can be one...
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