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To classical music lovers of a certain age, the words “BBC Northern Orchestra, conducted by John Hopkins”, spoken by the veteran BBC North Region announcer Tom Naisby, remain a vivid memory of 1950s wireless listening.

Swaying is tolerated. Talking is not. And don't think about waving a flag ...

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Operatic bass at his best in ambivalent roles

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At the Proms last weekend, the Kirov under Valery Gergiev gave three amazing performances from their core repertoire, says Edward Seckerson

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Film: the four horsemen ...

Remember the ITV classic series The World at War, and how its music was so indelibly part of the images? Carl Davis's score was typical of his magpie-like approach, borrowing from suitably relevant composers (Shostakovich in that instance) to create an emotionally resonant accompaniment to the screen images. Tonight, he turns his attention to the epic 1921 classic, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, in a live accompaniment to a screening of the film. Rudolph Valentino, in the starring role, is sent to fight as a French soldier in the trenches of the First World War. It's a powerfully realised film with a strong anti-war message, and should prove a magnificent aural and visual event.

Obituary: Minna Keal

THE COMPOSER Minna Keal was 80 years old by the time her first orchestral work was performed at the BBC Proms in 1989. Thereafter she attracted a devoted following, who flocked to hear both her contemporary output and the juvenilia composed before her forced departure from the Royal Academy of Music in 1929 to tend to the family business.
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