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Playwright Mark Ravenhill and composer Michael Nyman have given a new spin to a classic opera, discovers Nicola Christie

Women of the World, Royal Festival Hall, London

"Women of the world, take over," the whimsical Scots bard Ivor Cutler once urged, his advice taken last Friday at a concert featuring women performers from different strata of the musical spectrum.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Where are the men to help women fight their battles?

We must keep fighting until our half of the human race gets its proper share of the world – of dignity, respect, and rights

Annie Lennox: 'Women need to wake up. There's so much to do'

Pop's 56-year-old Diva sings less and less these days, but she's eager to take to the stage for a rash of feminist activities this week. Susie Mesure meets Annie Lennox

Grace Jones is a slave to the rhythm of postmodernism

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Clare Maguire, Bush Hall, London

Half-a-million MySpace hits is one modern route to the Cinderella story. It let Birmingham's Clare Maguire sign to a major label at the once unremarkable age of 20. Then she was led through music's corridors of power, drinking with Jay-Z, squired by Rick Rubin to Leonard Cohen's rehearsals, offered a song by an enchanted Jarvis Cocker. Tentatively pushed in 2010, her album (with Ellie Goulding's producer) is finally due next month.

Here come the girls! How to bring up daughters

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Lucy Porter: Enough of all these rewards. Let's have a 'dishonours list'

It's pretty embarrassing to admit, but whenever I read the New Year Honours list, there's always a part of me that hopes that – due to a massive clerical cock-up – my name will somehow appear.

The stars of Cameron's Big Society dominate New Year Honours list

Awards also given to those in business, fashion, sport, the arts and media

Album: Annie Lennox, A Christmas Cornucopia (Island)

Annie Lennox hoarsely bellowing the very bleakest of carols with all the warmth of a stern Victorian materfamilias?

Rich and ruthless: how Cherie sees herself?

Blair buys a portrait depicting her as a 12-century courtier

Annie Lennox launches Christmas number one bid

Annie Lennox has quit her record label after 30 years to launch an assault on the charts for the Christmas number one.

Composers of video game music to get their own top award

For the first time, the prestigious Ivor Novellos are to recognise excellence in a thriving £28bn industry

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Britain's very own Davos has big names, big ideas – and very big fees

Hits of the Brits

Next week's Brit Awards include a category commemorating the most memorable performance of the show's past 30 years, writes Elisa Bray
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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

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