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Bernard Roberts: Pianist acclaimed round the world for his fluency and subtlety who went on to be an inspirational teacher

One of that select band of British pianists to achieve international recognition, Bernard Roberts was in constant demand as a recitalist, chamber musician, accompanist, concerto soloist and teacher. He was acclaimed by audiences and critics, the remarkable breadth of his industry bringing greater recognition for the instrument itself and proving pivotal in inspiring generations of aspiring performers.

Last.fm users can now stream music from Spotify's catalogue

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Justin Bieber does something other than get arrested: watch his video for 'Confident' featuring Chance The Rapper

The pop star and his ‘people’ made sure they threw fans a musical tit-bit before he handed himself in at a Toronto police station

Backstage: No wedding bells for ballet’s Brangelina?

Could it all be over for Ivan Vasiliev and Natalia Osipova – the ballet world’s best-known romance? The pair, who are thought of as the Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie of the dance world, were engaged to be married, and last year gave a joint interview to i in which they said how much they loved “dancing together”, but I’m now told that they are no longer engaged. When I asked Vasiliev if he missed dancing with Osipova (they are no longer part of the same company), he was evasive.

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Isle of Wight Festival 2014: Red Hot Chili Peppers announced as headliners

The US rockers will join Calvin Harris and Biffy Clyro at the top of the bill

White Beech: The Rainforest Years by Germaine Greer; book review

Mohammed Ali  used to boast that when boxing,  he would float like a butterfly and sting like a bee. So it is with Germiane Greer. She writes lightly, gracefully even when agitating for a cause. But the words still sting. And unsettle. Here she consciously creates a quasi-religious epic out of a part of her remarkable life when she decided to restore a small, wrecked rainforest in Australia, her homeland. The tone is apocalyptic, themes existential and critical: (wo)man not against, but ardently for ITALS PREVIOUS WD wondrous, pitiless and predatory nature. She, the Lionheart, is awed, meets devastation, fears cataclysms, intuits prophecies, bears historical and biological guilt,  seeks redemption and takes stupendous, fervent  action. It really is some story.

A petition to deport Justin Bieber has reached 100,000 signatures

Deportation for Justin Bieber? Relax, pop stars are supposed to live on the edge

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Bruce Broughton's song 'Alone Yet Not Alone' has been rejected by the Academy's Board of Governors after inappropriate campaigning saw it make the Oscar nominees shortlist

Oscars campaigning scandal sees Best Original Song nominee eliminated

The Academy has disqualified Bruce Broughton's song 'Alone Yet Not Alone'

Kendrick Lamar plays down Grammys snub: 'Macklemore deserved the best rap album award'

'He went out there and hustled and grinded'

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Boy band One Direction have their Twittersphere in the palm of their hands

One Direction named top Global Recording Artist in new award

The British boy band beat Eminem, Katy Perry and Justin Timberlake

Marshall moved to New York in 1981, where he had latterly painted murals

Austin John Marshall: Graphic artist, record producer and songwriter who played a key role in the folk revival of the 1960s

Austin John Marshall, record producer, folk-revival ideas man, lyricist and songwriter, performance poet and muralist, created, nurtured or acted as cultural midwife to many strands of art. His fingerprints are all over Shirley Collins & Davy Graham's folk roots, new routes, Shirley & Dolly Collins' magnum opus Anthems in Eden, Ultravox!'s pre-Midge Ure incarnation Tiger Lily and English songwriter Steve Ashley's groundbreaking Stroll On. He also contributed footage to Peter Neal's Jimi Hendrix film Rainbow Bridge (1972) and to the Incredible String Band's film Be Glad for the Song Has No Ending (1970).

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Rhodri Marsden: The conflicted reality of the 'digital dashboard' is driving me crazy

While I was on holiday in Sydney last September, I got into a taxi with a dashboard festooned with five mobile devices, hanging off a variety of mounts, and all presumably providing critical information to the driver.

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The Who's Roger Daltrey warns we can't live forever: 'Hope I die before I get too old'

The frontman has called for a halt to medical advances which could extend mortality well beyond the age of 100

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