News Nicola Benedetti has criticised the state of music teaching in Britain

Acclaimed violinist criticises music teaching in the UK

Prom 5: WDR Symphony Orchestra, Cologne/ Bychkov, Royal Albert Hall

It was Semyon Bychkov’s last concert as principal conductor of the WDR Symphony Orchestra, Cologne, and reaching the summit of Strauss’ Alpine Symphony could and should have been a big deal – the Albert Hall is a natural environment for this musical blockbuster.

Prom 4: RLPO/ Petrenko, Royal Albert Hall

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra pulled off the not inconsiderable feat of acknowledging both the Schumann and Mahler anniversaries simultaneously with their Prom opener.

The Proms Opening Weekend, Royal Albert Hall, London

Big is beautiful as the Proms set sail on a wave of grandeur from Mahler, Wagner and Verdi

First Night: First Night of the Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London

Season opens with a bang big enough to blow the roof off

Swan Lake, Royal Albert Hall, London

English National Ballet's gargantuan Swan Lake-in-the-round is back, complete with dry ice, demon king entrances and a starry new prince. Vadim Muntagirov, ENB's boy wonder, made his debut at this performance.

Paul Weller, Royal Albert Hall, London<br/>Andrew WK, Den & Centro, London

After two decades squandering his pop legacy, Paul Weller finally returns to his edgy prime

Paul Weller, Royal Albert Hall, London

Wake up to a brand new Modfather

The National, Royal Albert Hall, London

National treasures get my vote

Grace Jones, Royal Albert Hall, London

As a child, I was always terrified of Grace Jones. She was this demented collection of legs, cheekbones and thousand-yard stares, and she came with a fearsome reputation for being, basically, madder than a barrel of monkeys.

Exclusive album stream: James, 'The Night Before'

With a career that includes 10 studio albums, twenty UK Top 40 singles and 12 million album sales so far, James have stepped into the digital age with their new mini-album 'The Night Before', released on Monday and exclusively available to stream in full in conjunction with The Independent, below.

Paolo Nutini, Royal Albert Hall, London<br/>Cranes, Jazz Café, London

He's vain, sings reggae like Sting and has terrible posture. But just try telling that to the ladies...

The Who, Royal Albert Hall, London

Quadrophenia was an exercise in nostalgia even when the Who released the concept album in 1973.

Philharmonia Orchestra with Riccardi Muti, Royal Albert Hall, London

You always know when Riccardi Muti is in town: the Philharmonia Orchestra is celebrating another birthday.

Arctic Monkeys, Royal Albert Hall, London

Lightning strikes and Sheffield steel

Noel Gallagher, Royal Albert Hall, London

You could read a lot into Noel Gallagher's choice to open his first solo show post-Oasis with "(It's Good) to Be Free". In a semi acoustic set for the Teenage Cancer Trust, the elder Gallagher brother, who was responsible for the majority of the band's song-writing, takes to his stool with less a swagger and more the quiet poise of a professional performer at his ease.

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

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The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

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Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

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Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

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These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

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Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

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