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Wainwright Family, Royal Albert Hall, London

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Andrew Bird, Union Chapel, London

Andrew Bird does things with a violin that would make Yehudi Menuhin blush. He picks, he plucks, he strums, he bows – and then he loops each line together to turn a solo performance into what sounds more like a symphony orchestra.

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Prima Donna, Manchester Festival, Manchester<br/>Queras/Hadid, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester<br/>L'incoronazione di Poppea, Opera at Iford, Somerset

A pop of Puccini, a spritz of Strauss, a shot of Massenet and a generous measure of Poulenc. Serve with a twist of Canteloube and a garnish of Brel and you have Prima Donna, Rufus Wainwright's nostalgic tribute to, well, several things.

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