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Acclaimed violinist criticises music teaching in the UK

Take That member and X Factor judge Gary Barlow has announced his first solo album in 14 years.

Gary Barlow to release first solo album in 14 years

Gary Barlow is to release his first solo album in 14 years this November.

Robert Plant performs with the Sensational Space Shifters

Live review: Robert Plant presents Sensational Space Shifters, Colston Hall, Bristol

For a Led Zeppelin reunion refusenik, Robert Plant does perform an awful lot of material by the group who defined seventies rock in all its magnificence and occasional self-indulgence.

Zappa was infuriated by his brush with the classical music scene

Frank Zappa settles an old score after 42 years: Banned in 1971, '200 Motels' will finally be played in the UK

Frank Zappa vowed never to return to Britain unless he got an apology from the Queen after the Royal Albert Hall cancelled a musical performance of his notorious film score 200 Motels in 1971. Zappa did eventually return to the UK but died without getting an apology from anybody. Now there will be redress of a kind when the show is finally given its UK premiere.

World of Sport wrestling champion Big Daddy

ITV to resurrect World of Sport wrestling

Former hit TV show World of Sport (WOS) wrestling is set to return in a one-off event that will resurrect the once hugely popular Saturday afternoon programme.

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:

Joe Bonamassa

Joe Bonamassa, The Borderline, London

"Thank you for sticking with me all these years," the 35-year-old bluesman acknowledges to his loyal fans before the encore. Occasionally, however, it was a bit of a struggle "sticking" with this two-hour encounter.

Death-defying: Cirque du Soleil in extravagant Kooza, at the Royal Albert Hall

IoS dance review: Cirque du Soleil, Royal Albert Hall, London
Ockham's Razor, Platform Theatre, King's Cross, London

Sky-high ticket prices keep families away, but clowns need kids' gasps or it's just plain silly

'Nun' sentenced over envelopes containing white powder that were sent to Nick Clegg

A pensioner claiming to be a Catholic nun who sent envelopes containing white powder to parliamentary figures including Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was given a community order today.

Weltethos: CBSO and choruses, West, Seal, Gardner, Royal Festival Hall, London

Driven by religion plus a fascination with digitally-engineered sound, Jonathan Harvey has carved a most individual niche in contemporary music. His religion is of the mystical variety, drawing less on the Anglicanism of his youth than on the Buddhism he later embraced, finding expression in a series of ecstatic works.

Frank Zappa was one of rock's crossover musicians

Rock 'n' Roll in Four Movements, Radio 4, Thursday
BBC Proms, Radio 3, daily

Concerto for hairies and orchestra

Facebook to host science lesson live from the Albert Hall

School pupils are set to be taught a science lesson live on Facebook from the Royal Albert Hall.

Laura Marling, Royal Albert Hall, London

“We don’t do encores... If you want an encore then this is the last song, if you don’t, this is the second to last.” At a time when encores at gigs have become almost mandatory, and therefore meaningless, Laura Marling’s approach to them is refreshingly unconventional.

The dance at the gym: Performers in rehearsal for the Sage's unique production

West Side Story to be performed in the UK with new steps - for four nights only

Nicola Christie sits in on some lively rehearsals at The Sage.

The Dalai Lama has come to Britain for a 10-day visit

After 76 years (and 13 reincarnations) the Dalai Lama still draws a crowd ...

... and he reserved a blessing for our own Jonathan Brown at the start of his British visit

Imelda May, Royal Albert Hall, London

“He’s a big bad boy,” lustily croons six-months pregnant Imelda May on “Johnny’s Got a Boom Boom”, the saucy rockabilly song that catapulted the singer to instant fame.

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A cult movie event aims to immerse audiences of 80,000 in ‘Back to the Future’. But has it lost its magic?
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Some are reformed drug addicts. Some are single mums. All are on benefits. But now these so-called 'scroungers’ are fighting back

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The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
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And our children are suffering because of it
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We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

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The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

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