Voices

The Labour leader has been rightly scorned for music that merely ticked boxes. He could so easily have been a lot less boring…

Classical review: Hadland's Beethoven, the Temple Choir's Britten, and Anthony Payne's excellent new Vaughan Williams orchestration

Prom 69 – Hadland, Oslo Phil, Petrenko (****)

Prom 70 – Davies, Morris, Temple Choir, BBC Singers, Hill (***)

Prom 71 – Hughes, Johnston, BBCSO, Vanska (****)

Classical review: Elder and the Halle deliver a majestic Parsifal, the Signum and Hadland excel in Brahms

Prom 57 - Parsifal, Choruses of the ROH, Trinity, Halle Orchestra/Elder (****)

PCM 10 – Signum Quartet, Hadland (*****)

Richard Angas: Singer who performed as Jonathan Miller’s Mikado more than 150 times

Depending on the role his unique, sonorous voice could be sinister, comic or imposing

Marin Alsop will be the first woman to conduct the Last Night at the Proms in its 119 year history

BBC Proms 2013 schedule in full

Here are the listings of the BBC Proms season 2013 in full:

Vaughan Williams' Pastoral Symphony gets a rare hearing

The composer drew on experiences in the First World War

The Pilgrim’s Progress, ENO, Coliseum, London

The history of ENO’s production of Vaughan Williams’s ‘The Pilgrim’s Progress’ reflects a multiple triumph. This is the first full professional British staging since its premiere was overseen by the 79-year-old composer at the Festival of Britain in 1951 - and 79 is the age of this production’s Japanese director Yoshi Oida.

Endymion,**/Ibragimova, ***

It’s good when chamber musicians break the mould and dare to do something different, and Philip Venables’s ‘Romanticism’ deserved a hearing, particularly as it was a Wigmore commission.

Prom 23: Lemalu/London Brass/BBC NOW/Otaka; Prom 24: Noguera/Cuadrado

If Prom 22 seemed flung together at random - nothing related to anything else - Prom 23 was, if anything, too much all of a piece.

Album: Jim Moray, Skulk (NIAG)

Jim Moray's filtering of traditional folk music through a mesh of modern sensibilities continues on Skulk, where eight adaptations of old ballads are punctuated by impassioned versions of Anais Mitchell's fretful "If It's True" and Fleetwood Mac's "Big Love".

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Album: John Wilson, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Made in Britain (Avie)

John Wilson is probably best known for his light-entertainment orchestral work, especially his restorations of classic film scores – a background which, it turns out, equips him well for this anthology of British musical landscapes.

Proms 47, 49 & 53, Royal Albert Hall, London<br/>London Contemporary Orchestra, Roundhouse, Camden, London<br/>Don Giovanni, Soho Theatre, London

Orchestras made up of the world&rsquo;s present and future principals, the best orchestral players on the planet, dazzle at the Proms

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The singer fails to make the public's top 100 Desert Island Discs

Iestyn Davies/Julius Drake, Wigmore Hall

It’s testimony to the extraordinary interest which counter-tenor Iestyn Davies now arouses that his weekday lunchtime recital was packed.

Vaughan Williams wins first 'Desert Island Discs' vote

'The Lark Ascending' tops poll of 25,000 would-be castaways for special edition of Radio 4 show
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