Acclaimed violinist criticises music teaching in the UK
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Wednesday 21 July 2010
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.
Tuesday 20 July 2010
The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra pulled off the not inconsiderable feat of acknowledging both the Schumann and Mahler anniversaries simultaneously with their Prom opener.
Monday 19 July 2010
Saturday 17 July 2010
Monday 14 June 2010
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.
Sunday 30 May 2010
Wednesday 26 May 2010
Monday 10 May 2010
Thursday 29 April 2010
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.
Thursday 15 April 2010
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.
Sunday 11 April 2010
Monday 05 April 2010
Quadrophenia was an exercise in nostalgia even when the Who released the concept album in 1973.
Wednesday 31 March 2010
You always know when Riccardi Muti is in town: the Philharmonia Orchestra is celebrating another birthday.
Wednesday 31 March 2010
Lightning strikes and Sheffield steel
Tuesday 30 March 2010
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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