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Duw Duw, Just Peachy Records

Lance Ryan as Siegfried and Nina Stemme as Brünnhilde in Wagner's Siegfried at the BBC Proms

Sweaty business: Royal Albert Hall seeks solution to sweltering temperatures at Proms

The Royal Albert Hall is seeking a long-term solution to address the sweltering heat in the auditorium during the summer months, which has left Proms audiences “dripping with sweat” and creates significant challenges for the musicians.

Alison Balsom in Gabriel at the Globe Theatre

Theatre review: Gabriel, Shakespeare's Globe, London

You have to admire the producing chutzpah of Shakespeare's Globe. In the same week that they announced a 2-year tour of Hamlet that will take in every country on earth (all 205 of them), they have opened this unclassifiable delight.

Jazz gig of the week: Wynton Marsalis

Ronnie Scott's, London W1

The Barmy Army pictured following England

Ashes 2013: Barmy Army musician wants trumpet U-turn ahead of first Test

Trent Bridge have banned Billy 'the Trumpet' Cooper from playing

Love Supreme Jazz Festival, 2013

Music Review: Love Supreme Jazz Festival, Glynde Place, East Sussex

In an infinitely less muddy, far smaller way, the first Love Supreme festival is a Woodstock moment for British jazz: an often isolated tribe of fans realising there are more of them than they thought, and many others discovering they like jazz after all.

Album review: Christian Wallumrod Ensemble, Outstairs (ECM)

Somewhere in the intersecting corridors of jazz, modernist composition, Scando-folk and early church music, there’s a small interior chamber that’s not quite silent, and this is what you’ll find there.

Presenter of Woman's Hour, Jenni Murray

Jenni Murray to conduct BBC Philharmonic orchestra - despite having no musical training

Woman's Hour presenter Jenni Murray has announced that she will be conducting the BBC Philharmonic orchestra - despite not being able to read music.

Album: Michael Janisch, Jazz for Babies (Whirlwind/Cadiz)

Appalled by the synthetic-sounding CDs available, bassist and new dad Michael Janisch decided to create his own: a now five-disc selection of "slow and relaxing" jazz lullabies performed on real instruments by real musicians to soothe and educate wombers to pre-schoolers.

Barbra Streisand in concert at the O2 Arena, London, Britain

Surviving Bee Gee Barry Gibb to receive lifetime achievement award

Bee Gees stars Barry Gibb is to be honoured with a lifetime achievement award at a major music event next month.

Book of a lifetime: Satchmo: My Life in New Orleans, By Louis Armstrong

My parents loved the blues and early jazz, and I grew up to the sounds of Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Leadbelly and Fats Waller.

Bill to curb migrants' rights to be at heart of Queen's Speech

A Bill to curb migrants' rights and make it easier to deport foreign nationals will be at the heart of the Queen's Speech at the start of a new parliamentary session this week.

Wolfgang Rihm, Symphonie “Nähe Fern” (Harmonia Mundi)

Album review: Wolfgang Rihm, Symphonie “Nähe Fern” (Harmonia Mundi)

Wolfgang Rihm is intrigued by the way that artworks often occur as responses to other artworks – in the case of Nähe Fern, the four symphonies of Brahms, to which the constituent parts were conceived as allusive homages, or pendants to be performed alongside the individual symphonies.

Album: Trilok Gurtu, Spellbound (Moosicus)

Indian percussion wizard Gurtu honours his early work with Don Cherry in an album dedicated to the sound of the trumpet, alternating pieces by Miles, Dizzy and Cherry with original compositions.

Five-Minute Memoir: Julia Copus recalls how her father fixed her crumpled Yamaha trumpet

I'm standing at the full-length mirror in my mother and step-father's bedroom practising scales when it happens. The little cup-shaped mouthpiece gripped in my left hand is still warm from my breath.

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