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

Film: Still 'orrible after all these years

James Bernard is a survivor of the house of horror films of the Fifties and Sixties; and now, as Steven Poole discovers, he's all set to make your flesh creep again with his new score to Murnau's classic silent vampire movie, `Nosferatu'.

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Music: Orchestra of St John's St John's Smith Square, London

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Classical Music on Radio 3: Works in progress

A number of recent operatic broadcasts have constituted a powerful rebuke to those who pander to the laziness of much popular taste, and play safe by building repertories from over-familiar fare. How could Martinu's Julietta have been so long ignored, for instance. BBC Radio 3's relay last month of Opera North's new staging confirmed that it is one of the most fascinating works of its time. This week has seen broadcasts on Radio 3 of two further operas which have never entered the repertory yet unquestionably possess qualities of greatness and deserve to appear regularly before the public.

Opera Review: That's progress

The Pilgrim's Progress

Musical walk into the past

The Pilgrim's Progress - Composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams and performed by The Royal Opera. Barbican Hall, Tonight

Classical music review: A chorus of approval

Visions of Albion

A long lifetime's journey toward an unknown region

As the Barbican begins to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Ralph Vaughan Williams, Bayan Northcott wonders what kind of composer he really was.

Music: By Georg, he did it

Like most of Britain, this week's Proms were steeped in death. On Wednesday there was Brahms's Requiem, on Friday Verdi's. And the Verdi was particularly poignant, not just because we now know it was Princess Diana's favourite music but because this performance was supposed to have been conducted by Georg Solti, whose own death trailed behind the others in terms of newsworthiness but was a shattering event for those who considered him the greatest conductor alive.

THE EVENTS THAT; SAY BE HERE NOW

From The Prodigy to Anthony Powell, and Maggie Smith to Ewan McGregor, IoS critics offer their guide to the best in the arts in Britain this autumn

Diana - The Last Farewell: Radio: Michael Church on how the ear can still prove quicker than the eye appreflects that, if it was the truth you were after, says , use your ears

"Broadcasters pass the sternest of tests" was the headline over a typical piece of Fleet Street media-commentary this week, which asserted that "the resources and skills are there in spades when called on". Bouquets all round then - for BBCtv, ITV, MTV, QVC, and Sky. By Wednesday, when that article appeared, television had indeed made the Diana story its own, but any bouquets for achievement last Sunday morning should by rights have gone to radio.

Farewell Britain, hello the Great Wen

A JOURNEY AROUND THE WHOLE ISLAND OF GREAT BRITAIN; Day Sixteen cambridge to London

Obituary: Ruth Dyson

Ruth Dyson was one of the few pianists of her generation who turned to the harpsichord at a time when, despite the efforts of pioneers like Arnold Dolmetsch, it was still regarded as "quaint" by the establishment. She was not only a fine performer on piano, harpsichord, clavichord and virginals, but also a distinguished professor, adjudicator, lecturer and author.

PROMS NYO / Colin Davis RAH, London/ Radio 3

There's more than a dash of heroism about the National Youth Orchestra. It meets three times a year for intense sessions of playing that last a fortnight and culminate in concert-giving. Not just any old concerts of the kind of standard repertoire that orchestras always play, but rich, rewarding, brave concerts, programmed to feature unusual pieces or those that are often thought a technical challenge even to professionals.
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