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“It’s small, isn’t it?” Elton John ponders, looking around the theatre he associates with the showbiz pinnacle that was TV’s Sunday Night at the London Palladium, half a century ago. He finds himself treading its boards aged 66 to film a TV special, built around being handed the first Brits Icons award, and the release of The Diving Board, his most consistently creative work since at least Songs from the West Coast in 2001, and perhaps even the run of seven planet-conquering 1970s albums which are the real reason we’re all here at all.

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Sir Elton John to receive first ever Brits Icon award

Brit Awards organisers are to launch a new annual honour to celebrate major figures in music with Sir Elton John announced as the first ever recipient.

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Ah Sir Elton, a national treasure.

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Chalk Talk: Oxford and Cambridge aren't top of every league table

Interesting to look at the employment records of our leading universities, as published by the Higher Education statistics Agency last week. It's not the usual suspects that are in the top spots for getting their graduates into a job or further study. However, it may not be that surprising that some of the specialist higher education institutions do best.

A unique blend of beauty, tone and projection

I've had the Regent Stradivarius since 2000, and it's just like having a child

Royal Academy of Music director Janet Whitehouse jailed for fraud

Finance chief who abused position to siphon off £236,000 from institution sentenced to 20 months

He played with 'pure heart and soul': André in 2008

Maurice André: Trumpeter loved by both critics and public

He said modern classical music reminded him of the sounds he used to hear going down the mines

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Leading article: Amateur hour

The Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition is the art world turned briefly upside down. Since 1768 the work of distinguished Royal Academicians has been displayed alongside the output of members of the public, who submit their own dabblings. In the Palladian splendour of Burlington House the professional rubs shoulders with the amateur. And the visiting public have the challenge of distinguishing between the two.

Letter from the editor: What a lovely bunch!

It’s true that I don’t get out much these days but, even so, the party for i readers at the Royal Academy was one of the most enjoyable nights I’ve had for some time.

Letter from the editor: Interesting insights

Of all the instructions I’ve been given in my career, this was the most peculiar, not to mention demanding.

Album: Miloš;The Guitar, (Deutsche Grammophon)

Montenegrin guitarist Miloš Karadaglic was a child prodigy who became a star of Yugoslavian TV and radio in his teens before studying at London's Royal Academy, where he received the Julian Bream Award from the celebrated guitar legend himself – a passing-on of the torch which bears its first fruit with this striking debut album.

Grayson Perry joins the Royal Academy

Grayson Perry received a Royal Academician's medal in the category of Printmaking at the Royal Academy of Arts in London yesterday. Perry, 50, who often appears as "Claire", his female alter-ego, is known for his urns decorated with images of sex and child abuse. The potter joins Tracey Emin and Anish Kapoor at the institution which is regarded by many as "the artists' union".

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