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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.

Bach Marathon, Royal Albert Hall, London

In the Easter splurge of Bach, John Eliot Gardiner’s ‘marathon’ was always going to stand out, and it marked the culmination of a lifelong crusade.

Claire Booth in Kafka Fragments

Kafka Fragments, Linbury Theatre, London

Few composers can inject as much significance into thirty seconds of music as Gyorgy Kurtag, and few writers have equalled the aphoristic terseness of Franz Kafka, so Kurtag’s Kafka Fragments represents a marriage made, if not in heaven, certainly in a grimly harmonious version of hell.

From left: theatre director and comic actor Ken Campbell; Vioinst Rohan Kriwaczek andIn 1956, Doctor Tuesday Lobsang Rampa wrote the book The Third Eye

Hoaxes: The Royal Dickens Company, on the fiddle, and the plumbing lama

Dr David Bramwell, creator of the Cheeky Guides series, is also an expert "trickologist" and will be performing a comic lecture on the history of hoaxes, pranks and mischief at Hendrick's Carnival of Knowledge at the Brighton Fringe in May. Here he shares three of his favourite lesser-known pranks.

Victor Kissine, Between Two Waves (ECM New Series)

Album review: Victor Kissine, Between Two Waves (ECM New Series)

The Russian composer Victor Kissine's work has been accurately described as possessing a “reticent musical language”, a characteristic skilfully demonstrated by Gidon Kremer's Kremerata Baltica on this album of three chamber-music premieres.

Music students dazzled by the Louise and Peter Mensch show at the Albert Hall

The former MP's music manager husband has influenced the careers of major acts such as Madonna, Foals and Snow Patrol

Police announced today that the violin uncovered in Sofia is a training replica of little value. Unlike this rare 'Archinto' Stradivarius Viola, played by Philip Dukes

Calm down! Stradivarius violin found in Bulgaria is a fake

It was thought to be the one stolen from Korean virtuoso Min-jin Kym at Euston station in 2010

Miliband quits (no, not that one!): 'British politics will be a poorer place now David is stepping down', says brother Ed

Ed Miliband said today that British politics will be a “poorer place” after his brother David confirmed that he is standing down immediately as an MP to head a New York-based charity.

Fantasy band: Bill Ryder-Jones

'I'd love McCartney but he'd want too much say'

The News Matrix: Tuesday 19 March 2013

News anchor accepts proposal live on air

Top: the instrument alleged to have belonged to Titanic band leader Wallace Hartley who died when the ship sank. Bottom: the ocean liner which sank on its maiden voyage after hitting and iceberg

Authenticity row erupts after violin played moments before the Titanic sank is 'discovered'

The instrument, alleged to have belonged to band leader Wallace Hartley and to have been strapped to his chest when he was plucked from the sea, is set to be auctioned. But the Titanic Historical Society has questioned its origins

Phosphorescent, Muchacho (Dead Oceans)

Album review: Phosphorescent, Muchacho (Dead Oceans)

Phosphorescent's Matthew Houck augments his usual reedy Americana stylings with some unexpected developments on Muchacho, most notably the undulating synthesiser arpeggios that bookend the album on “Sun, Arise!” and “Sun's Arising”: combined with his multitracked falsetto vocal harmonies, they sound like Fleet Foxes might if they were a krautrock band.

Sir Peter Fahy, the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, said many sex abuse victims were unwilling to come forward because of fears at the prospect of undergoing cross examination

Defence lawyers exploit the weakness of sex abuse victims, says police chief Sir Peter Fahy

One of Britain’s most senior police officers has accused defence lawyers of “exploiting” the weakness of sex abuse victims making prosecutors reluctant to bring cases to court.

A unique blend of beauty, tone and projection

I've had the Regent Stradivarius since 2000, and it's just like having a child

Classical review: Emerson Quartet - The fab four on firm friendship, and the vacancy of lost love

On 8 July 1917, far removed from the carnage of Flanders and the unravelling of the Kerensky Offensive, Leos Janacek noted a fragment of melody for a woman identified as "Mrs C". After a lifetime of infatuations and infidelities, the 63-year-old Czech composer was falling in love for the last time, in the Moravian spa town of Luhacovice. But the initial "C" (for Camilla) was wrong. The inflexions of this scrap of music were inspired by the chatter of Kamila Stosslova, a 25-year-old married woman.

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