Arts and Entertainment Robert Plant performs with the Sensational Space Shifters

For a Led Zeppelin reunion refusenik, Robert Plant does perform an awful lot of material by the group who defined seventies rock in all its magnificence and occasional self-indulgence.

Opera cancelled after baritone Robert Poulton killed in car crash

Robert Poulton, a baritone with Glyndebourne opera, was tragically killed in a car accident in Sussex late last night.

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Sorted for cream teas and kids

The Cotswolds boasts a glut of genteel festivals – and the Chipping Norton Set are big fans

Glyndebourne Festival, Glyndebourne, East Sussex

A festival designed to dazzle whatever the weather

Moira Young's debut title was inspired by Western novels

Soprano finds her voice – as a teen-lit novelist

'Outstanding' dystopian tale wins debut writer the children's prize in Costa book awards

Four's company: The Kronos Quartet is to play Black Angels at London's Hackney Empire

Tuning up for fun and games at the Cultural Olympiad

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Prom 58: Gabrieli Consort & Players/ McCreesh, Royal Albert Hall

When the fiery chariot finally arrived to transport Elijah aloft and the antiphonal trumpets and drums and assorted ophicleides of Paul McCreesh’s mightily augmented Gabrieli Players Consort and Players were rent asunder by the open-stopped thrust of the Royal Albert Hall organ you suddenly realised why the Victorians became damp with ecstasy at the very mention of the prophet’s name.

The Turn of the Screw, Glyndebourne

It’s not only the narrative tension that turns on interlocking screws in Glyndebourne’s production of Britten’s claustrophobic masterpiece.

Tindersticks, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

An episode of cannibalistic sex is in one way tonight's gruesome climax – Béatrice Dalle chomping on an unfortunate lover – with Tindersticks carrying on in their usual hangdog manner. You realise then how intimate their relationship with the French film director Claire Denis is. They find the gore completely natural.

Steve Reich: Drumming, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Landmark work that's hard to beat

Album: Blow, Venus and Adonis – Theatre of the Ayre / Kenny (Wigmore Hall Live)

Long overshadowed by Dido and Aeneas, John Blow's Venus and Adonis beguiles in this witty, sensual performance under lutenist Elizabeth Kenny.

London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus/ Elder, Barbican Hall

Elgar’s The Kingdom arrives in the heat of inspiration on a surge of orchestral magnificence. A glorious theme representing “New Faith” is announced in the strings, as noble and aspirational as anything Elgar wrote.

Kotaro Fukuma, Wigmore Hall

The guru-principle holds good in Western classical music as it does in the music of the East. Kotaro Fukuma’s programme-note suggests he’s collected a whole gallery of gurus: if he’s drawn the key element from each, he should have crossed Leon Fleischer’s Teutonic power with Aldo Ciccolini’s Italian finesse, and Richard Goode’s serene classicism with Maria Joao Pires’s bold Romanticism; Mitsuko Uchida’s fastidious intensity with Leslie Howard’s virtuosity.

Scholl / Jaroussky / Ensemble Artaserse, Barbican Hall, London<br/>Bartoli / Fagioli / Kammerorchester Basel, Barbican Hall, London

Bizarre pronunciation adds a puzzling dimension to a recital by a brace of countertenors, while Cecilia Bartoli is simply scintillating

Stephen Kovacevich 70th Birthday Concert, Wigmore Hall

It was Stephen Kovacevich’s 70th birthday party and his highly individual guests represented past, present, and future.

Prom 61: Hansel und Gretel/Glyndebourne/LPO/Ticciati, Royal Albert Hall

Engelbert Humperdinck’s ‘Hansel und Gretel’ has had to wait 120 years for its first Proms staging, but its rapturous reception brings the wheel of its popularity full circle.

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