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.
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Sunday 03 March 2013
Who needs flowerpots? Whether you're planting indoors or on a windowsill, patio or balcony – or even in a garden with (like mine) minimal flowerbed space – take tips from a lovely new book, Teeny, Tiny Gardening by Emma Hardy (£14,99, Cico). It is stuffed with inventive ideas for weeny things you can turn into quirky planters. Such as…
Friday 01 March 2013
Keep Calm and Carry On from 2009 found Stereophonics struggling to find a decisive way forward, and while Graffiti on the Train is a significant improvement, it's still something of a patchwork affair, lurching between string-laced pieces like the elegaic title track and “Indian Summer”, soulful blues odes such as “Been Caught Cheating” and “No-one's Perfect”, and out-and-out rockers like the swaggering “Catacomb”.
Friday 01 March 2013
For its size, Iceland may be the most musically productive country in the world at the moment.
Sunday 24 February 2013
A third composer hovers, ghost-like, in pianist Cheng's beguiling recital with the Calder Quartet.
Thursday 21 February 2013
Little by little Maxim Vengerov is easing himself back into the mainstream, after injury and burn-out. His last Barbican foray - with a concerto - was marred by a loss of nerve at critical moments: this time he was going for broke with a chamber recital where, if anything went wrong, he would have nowhere to hide.
Wednesday 20 February 2013
MS Gopalakrishnan, or MSG as he was known, was one of the three most senior violinists of South India's classical tradition. Though that tradition is fond of its Trinities – its most illustrious is that of the Hindu poet-musician-composers Muthuswami Dikshitar, Syama Sastri and Tyagaraja – it doles out the title sparingly. With T N Krishnan and Lalgudi G Jayaraman, however, M S Gopalakrishnan formed its Violin Trinity.
Thursday 14 February 2013
Arrest comes after suicide of Frances Andrade, who killed herself after giving evidence against school's choirmaster Michael Brewer
Thursday 14 February 2013
A TV channel is to devote its entire schedule to back-to-back performances by waltz king Andre Rieu for an entire fortnight.
Sunday 10 February 2013
Critics rounded on the Justice Secretary's suggestion for certain rape cases yesterday, calling it 'totally unacceptable'
Monday 04 February 2013
The most powerful weapon in the opera designer’s armoury is lighting, which allows musical atmosphere to be changed by the flick of a switch: Ravel’s ‘L’enfant et les sortileges’ was never more resonant than when lit by David Hockney’s glowing reds, greens, and mauves.
Friday 01 February 2013
British pop fans were surprised in 1957 when Nancy Whiskey left the Chas McDevitt Skiffle Group at the height of its fame. Her replacement was Shirley Douglas, a charming soprano with a particular talent for romantic ballads.
Wednesday 23 January 2013
New album on the cards?
Violinist Vanessa-Mae switches her bow for ski poles as she puts music on ice to compete in Winter Olympics
Tuesday 22 January 2013
Violinist Vanessa-Mae has put music on hold for a year and is rehearsing for a new role - skiing for Thailand at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, in February 2014.
IoS classical review: Orchestra of the Age of Englightenment/Fischer, Royal Festival Hall, London
Academy Cello Ensemble, St James's, Piccadilly, London
Sunday 13 January 2013
And then there was music … (and Haydn's God proves a very jolly creator)
Friday 11 January 2013
As Teitur starts playing his first song, a jaunty if lovesick number called 'Catherine the Waitress', on the grand piano, a few keen beans in the front row start to whoop and cheer.
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians
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- 2 'Alien thigh bone' on Mars: Excitement from alien hunters at 'evidence' of extraterrestrial life
- 4 London restaurant 34 creates champagne glass modelled on Kate Moss’ left breast
- 5 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27