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Hannibal hits the high notes in a classical collection

Oscar-winning actor Anthony Hopkins has composed a range of classical works inspired by childhood memories in South Wales, he tells Jessica Duchen

Anthony Hopkins

Anthony Hopkins: Hannibal hits the high notes with a classic performance

The Oscar-winning actor Anthony Hopkins has composed a collection of classical works. Many of the pieces are inspired by memories of his childhood in south Wales, he tells Jessica Duchen

Album: Diagrams, Black Light (Full Time Hobby)

Diagrams is the latest vehicle for Sam Genders, once co-frontman of electro-folkies Tunng, so it's not surprising to find clear echoes of his former band on Black Light, notably in his familiar, downbeat northern inflections, and the still-flickering interest in animist fable discernible in tracks like "Antelope" and "Animals".

Ani DiFranco, Union Chapel, London

“I feel very hopeful for 2012, so thank you to the Occupiers,” maintains Ani DiFranco. “All working people are Occupiers, too… occupying this planet,” she adds.

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“I feel very hopeful for 2012, so thank you to the Occupiers,” maintains Ani DiFranco. “All working people are Occupiers, too… occupying this planet,” she adds.

Singing Adams, Lexington, London

Modest to a fault, Steven Adams explains while tuning up that his band’s performances start awkwardly, only relaxing at the end, so everyone feels short changed.

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Music sales have continued to fall in the UK despite Adele's 21 becoming the highest-selling album of the 21st century, according to figures released by the BPI today.

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Darren Hayman at the Lexington, London

Darren Hayman, who bears more than a passing resemblance to “McLovin” in Superbad, welcomed the New Year in with an intimate (approximately 70 people, some of whom even pointed out tiny discrepancies in Hayman's anecdotes), stripped-down, free and upsettingly stunted set, in which the singer-songwriter didn’t even perform on stage, but to the side of it.

Love cheat: Uma Thurman and Robert Pattinson in 'Bel Ami'

2012: The unmissable cultural treats

Next year promises to be a cultural jamboree, with world-class films, art exhibitions, gigs and theatre performances around the country. Our critics select the most exciting highlights

Rock of ages: The Rolling Stones in Hyde Park in 1969

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Album: Phil Spector, The Philles Album Collection
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