1970s Rock

Brian May leads thousands in march against badger cull

Thousands of animal welfare supporters took to the streets of central London to protest against the controversial badger-cull policy, which came into effect yesterday. Many of the protesters were dressed in black and white and chanted "Shame on Defra" and "Stop the cull". Some were walking dogs dressed in badger costumes.

Album review: Kristjan Järvi, Absolute Ensemble, Simone Dinnerstein,

Kristjan Järvi here uses three of JS Bach's brief “Inventions”, played by Simone Dinnerstein, as jumping-off points for new pieces by members of his Absolute Ensemble, aiming to transport the originals “from baroque to rock to Gypsy folk, to Indian rhythms, to African beats and electronics”.

Album review: Lara Downes, Exiles' Cafe (Steinway & Sons)

Exiles' Cafe was inspired by hearing Michael Sahl's “Tango from the Exiles' Cafe”, after which Lara Downes fantasised the location as a source of comfort for transplanted composers, represented by this series of piano miniatures.

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