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One of that select band of British pianists to achieve international recognition, Bernard Roberts was in constant demand as a recitalist, chamber musician, accompanist, concerto soloist and teacher. He was acclaimed by audiences and critics, the remarkable breadth of his industry bringing greater recognition for the instrument itself and proving pivotal in inspiring generations of aspiring performers.

Australian saxophonist Amy Dickson has hit the top of the UK Classical charts

Saxophone bursts into the Classic Brits with breakthrough win for Amy Dickson

Amy Dickson, the Australian musician who elevated the saxophone from the nightclub to the concert hall, has been named Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the Classic Brits, marking the first victory for the instrument.

Nicola Benedetti has criticised the state of music teaching in Britain

Nicola Benedetti: Every young person in Britain should be made to study classical music

Acclaimed violinist criticises music teaching in the UK

Alison Balsom, trumpet player

Page 3 Profile: Alison Balsom, trumpet player

What’s the fanfare all about?

Alison Balsom has been named artist of the year at the Gramophone Classical Music Awards

Trumpeter Alison Balsom named first female artist of the year at Gramophone Classical Music Awards

Classical trumpeter Alison Balsom has been named artist of the year at this year's Gramophone Classical Music Awards - becoming the first British woman to win the prize.

Classical review: quartet-lab, Wigmore Hall, London

Signifying their subversive intent with a lower-case title, quartet-lab aim to revolutionise the quartet repertoire. They are led by the charismatic Pekka Kuusisto, whose credentials as a jazz and folk violinist are as impressive as those for his classical work. Maverick Dutch cellist Pieter Wispelwey has long pioneered unusual arrangements, and with Kuusisto’s Finnish compatriot Lilli Maijala as violist, and with the Moldovan violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja - who inherited a wider musical perspective from her cimbalom-playing father – these are all seasoned innovators.

One-hit wonder: Martin Skrtel cannot catch Daniel Sturridge as he celebrates the winner against Manchester United

Brendan Rodgers: Daniel Sturridge can be king at Liverpool

Liverpool’s manager tells Steve Tongue the striker is not arrogant and can play alongside Suarez

Album: Arcanto Quartett, Jörg Widmann, Mozart: Clarinet Quintet (Harmonia Mundi)

Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet was a literally unique combination at the time he wrote it, requiring a judicious balance of parts: usually when an extra instrument was added to the quartet format it would involve two violas, but here the use of two violins leads to refinement in the higher register, rather than more clutter.

Music review: Tim Exile and the Heritage Orchestra, Village Underground, London

“I’ve seen things you people wouldn't believe,” maintains Rutger Hauer’s expiring replicant in Blade Runner. This extraordinarily bold experience, involving The Heritage Orchestra, famed for their moving interpretation of Vangelis’s “Blade Runner” soundtrack and for working with electronic artists, is somewhat unbelievable, too.

Classical review: Midori premieres the new Eotvos concerto, and Camerata Nordica excel in Britten

Prom 63 – Midori, Philharmonia, Salonen (*****)

Proms Saturday Matinee 5 – Bullock, Camerata Nordica, Tonnesen (****)

Freddie Opoku-Addaie's piece Show Of Hands

Dance review: Touch Wood, The Place, London

The Place’s Touch Wood programme invites audiences to give feedback on works in progress. Audience members still weren’t expecting to find themselves on stage for Aoi Nakamura and Esteban Fourmi’s KINBAKU, edging away nervously whenever Nakamura lurched towards them, swinging a bundle of ropes. By the end, they were drawn into the piece, moving confidently along the lines of rope.

Album: Franco Fagioli, Arias for Caffarelli (Naive)

Last seen in the UK duetting with Cecilia Bartoli, Argentinian counter-tenor Fagioli scintillates in this beautifully sung, played, programmed, and packaged recording of arias written for the 18th-century castrato superstar Gaetano Caffarelli.

Classical review: A brilliant new work by Param Vir, a stunning performance by Lisa Batiashvili, and some exotica from World Routes

Prom 52 – Batiashvili, BBCSO, Oramo (*****)

Prom 54 – World Routes (****)

Album: Will Self/Notes Inégales/ Peter Wiegold, Kafka's Wound (Club Inegales)

Notes Inégales weave skeins of klezmer around Will Self's digital essay, its touchstone Kafka's 1919 story, A Country Doctor.

Album review: Chris Thile, Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1 (Nonesuch)

Once again, the protean malleability of J.S. Bach's genius is demonstrated by the unusual transcription of his work - in this case, the Violin Sonatas and Partitas - to another instrument, the mandolin. The Punch Brothers' mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile was first drawn to Bach by the rhythmic “groove” of Glenn Gould's 1981 re-recording of The Goldberg Variations. Thile's country and improv roots lend more rubato accents than some might prefer, but he liberates the pieces from their conservatoire corsets. The dazzling deftness of his fingering in the Presto and Double Presto sections evokes a kind of giddy delirium and his feathery technique wrests the tenderest of emotions from the second Sonata's Andante.

The Welsh dragon: rare tree returns to the Valleys

A tree facing extinction in its native Canary Islands has flowered in Wales for the first time in 25 years.

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