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Richard Wagner (1813 - 1883), German composer, conductor, critic and author, circa 1860.

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Germany today celebrated the 200th birthday of Richard Wagner, the 19th-century composer whose music has been hailed as sublime art at the height of Western culture even as he remains tainted by his visceral anti-Semitic views, which later found favour with the Nazis.

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The Queen's official composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies is undergoing chemotherapy for leukaemia

Queen's composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies has leukaemia

The Queen's official composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies is undergoing chemotherapy for leukaemia.

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Daniel Harding will conduct a BBC Prom due to have been given by Sir Colin Davis who died last month aged 85.

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