Marin Alsop will be the first woman to conduct the Last Night at the Proms in its 119 year history

BBC Proms 2013 schedule in full

Here are the listings of the BBC Proms season 2013 in full:

BBC Proms season 2013 at a glance

  • Marking the 200th anniversary of Wagner’s birth, Daniel Barenboim conducts his first Wagner opera in the UK in the first ever complete performance of the Ring cycle in a single Proms festival.

Funeral music: Ring-ding ding ding, Ted Heath is dead?

Tomorrow, the music played at Margaret Thatcher’s funeral will be Elgar’s “Nimrod” and “I Vow To Thee My Country”. Given this week’s chart, er, ding-dong it was always unlikely that a tune from the Top 10 would soundtrack proceedings (Maggie never took to Duke Dumont). But what other inappropriate chart offerings have there been in the week of a former PM’s death?

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Heads Up: Sunken Garden

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Ian Bostridge joins Michael Seal and the CBSO to sing Britten’s song cycle Les Illuminations at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall

Steve Reich: 'Rock was pretty much off my radar – then along came Radiohead'

The composer credited with creating Minimalism tells Phil Johnson about discovering his own kind of music

Classical gig of the week: Steve Reich's Radio Rewrite, various venues

What is the sound of four hands clapping? One possible answer is Clapping Music, American minimalist master Steve Reich's seminal showpiece of two-person body-percussion.

The Britten-Pears Orchestra is organised by Aldeburgh Music, which received some of the cash, as did Music in the Round

Who was Diana Kurzman? Donor leaves £1m for classical music

Posthumous gift to Arts Council England comes 10 years after mysterious piano-lover’s death

Opera of the Week: Medea, Coliseum, London WC2

David McVicar's production is bold, brash and irresistibly seductive, as befits one of French Baroque music's most ravishing scores, here receiving its first professional British staging.

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Andrea Bocelli: Every day they told me 'this is too dangerous'. But I don't care

Blindness has never stopped the Italian tenor doing what he wants. And, he tells Adam Sherwin, his critics don’t know what they’re talking about

Vaughan Williams' Pastoral Symphony gets a rare hearing

The composer drew on experiences in the First World War

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The Rite of Spring: Happy birthday to music's most famous flop

Century-old Rite of Spring couldn't be more popular – now

The English National Opera's staging of The Barber of Seville calls for 28 wigs

English National Opera's beards smell 'like wet dog'

Take hair from the belly of a yak, wrap it in tissue, wind it around wooden dowelling, secure it with cotton and string, and boil for two to three hours. Before you reach for Heston's cookbook, this is not the latest culinary fad but English National Opera's recipe for curling facial hair. "It smells like wet dog," says Vanessa Davis, wigs and make-up supervisor at ENO."Whenever we do it, everyone complains."

Lend us a tenor: What can be done about the ENO's lack of cash?

Despite a consistently rewarding programme, the ENO ran up a £2.2m deficit in the last financial year. But there is a way forward, its artistic director, John Berry, tells Jessica Duchen: international collaboration.

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