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Trpceski, LSO, Tilson Thomas, classical review

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Valery Gergiev is silent on his native Russia’s new law on homosexuality

Classical review: Prom 41 - One man, two conductors – a musical comedy

Russian maestro Valery Gergiev performs erratically, but empty seats are the evening’s real surprise

Hugh Maguire: Violinist who led the BBC Symphony Orchestra

He famously reduced the conductor Josef Krips to tears during rehearsals with the LSO

Magic wand: Sir Colin Davis

Daniel Harding to conduct BBC Prom tribute to Sir Colin Davis

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

Sir Colin Davis who died at the weekend

Tributes pour in for 'one of the greatest musicians of our time' Sir Colin Davis

Tributes have poured in for Sir Colin Davis, the longest-serving principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), who has died at the age of 85.

War story: Toby Spence and Valery Gergiev rehearse Szymanowski

Maxim Vengerov, LSO, Ticciati, Barbican

After a long absence following an injury plus psychological burn-out, Maxim Vengerov has spent this year making his come-back: he’s given scores of concerts abroad, but his re-entry into the London scene has been very carefully managed.

Boyzone: Sir Simon Rattle conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Where are all the female musicians?

Most top orchestras have many more men than women in their ranks. Miranda Kiek looks at what could be done to improve the mix.

Come on up, the view's lovely: First look from the Shard's public gallery

Visitors taking tours of the Shard will be able to enjoy views of up to 40 miles across London when it opens in February.

Prom 52: LSO, Gergiev, *****/Prom 53: I Fagiolini, Hollingworth, ****

Prokofiev’s ballet score for 'Cinderella' had to wait nearly seventy years for its Proms premiere, and one had to wonder whether - at 105 minutes and without a visual component - it might be over-long.

London 2012 opening ceremony audience hit 900 million predicts IOC

Almost 900 million people watched part of the London Games' opening ceremony on television, the International Olympic Committee predicted today.

Champion of the Baroque: Sir Colin Davis speaks out

Celebrating his 85th birthday later this year, Sir Colin Davis has been one of Britain's best-loved conductors for more than half a century. The death of his wife, Shamsi, in June 2010, was a severe blow to him; since then, his activities have slowed. "I don't have the energy I used to," he remarks. "After performing a big piece, one feels one should be put out to grass, like an old donkey."

Proms 65/67, Hamelin/Goode/BBCNOW/Steen//LSO/Davis, Royal Albert Hall (3/5, 5/5)

Michael Berkeley’s Organ Concerto had its premiere in Ely 24 years ago, but it’s only now had its London premiere.

Prom 52: London Symphony Orchestra/ Gergiev, Royal Albert Hall

Two Prokofiev symphonies for the price of one – the First and Fifth, the little and large of the canon - and surprisingly it was the bantam weight First that yielded Valery Gergiev’s biggest surprises and tiniest revelations. Rarely has it sounded so tantalisingly Haydnesque.

London Symphony Orchestra/ Pires/ Haitink, Barbican Hall

Her appearances in this country are rare enough as it is so to discover that Maria Joao Pires was to be a late substitute (for the indisposed Murray Perahia) was precious consolation indeed.

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