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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.

Album review: Chastity Brown, Back-Road Highways (Creative and Dreams Music Network)

Chastity Brown is that rarity, an R&B singer not in thrall to the diva delusion. Her folk-blues style instead comes from an earthier tradition – she cites the influence Leadbelly had on Woody Guthrie as a pivotal moment in her musical development.

Book of a lifetime: The Lost Stradivarius, By J Meade Falkner

When I was about 14 my brother's girlfriend bought me a couple of second-hand books for my birthday. One was a picture-book of Victorian sheet music covers and the other was the The Lost Stradivarius by J Meade Falkner. She had bought them for me because she knew that I loved music. Indeed, I loved music so much back then that I often neglected to read.

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.

Chequered career: Harlequin wields the 'slap-sticks'

Theatre review: Harlequin Goes to the Moon - The Harlequin moonshot is go! Rain permitting …

A country churchyard lush with meadow flowers, a coop of happy hens nearby …. The seductive location is typical of where The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company nightly strikes its stage. Each summer, they tow their two-storey wagon to commons and stubble fields across England’s southern counties. In style, though, they are travelling players of 16th-century Italy. It’s just a pity they can’t have Italian weather. 

Still smooth: Burt Bacharach

Music review: Burt Bacharach, Royal Festival Hall, London

Burt Bacharach strolls onto the Festival Hall stage like he's stepping on board a yacht, the brass buttons on his blazer gleaming in the spotlight. A brief pause to acknowledge the applause, then the captain takes the helm of his Steinway to steer his crew smoothly through a half-century of hits.

The unmasking of Jimmy Savile as a serial sex offender highlighted the need for changes to the way child sex abuse cases were handled

Child sex abuse victims given power to challenge if cases are shelved

New measures to address high-profile failures in child-grooming cases and Jimmy Savile scandal

Violinist 'not sorry' for egging Simon Cowell on Britain's Got Talent final

The musician who pelted Simon Cowell with eggs on live TV has offered to pay his cleaning bill but said she was not sorry for attacking him.

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.

Opera singers Angela Gheorghiu, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Anna Netrebk

Starving opera stars need 'beef' to sing says Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

Why do all female classical musicians have to be thin and sexy?

Album review: Tamsin Waley-Cohen, Huw Watkins, An American In Paris (Champs Hill)

This debut programme from the gifted young violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen is themed around Euro-American musical interaction of the inter-war years, when classical composition was becoming influenced by black American idioms.

Sherlock Holmes -The Best Kept Secret, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Theatre review: Sherlock Holmes – The Best Kept Secret, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

The Sherlock Holmes franchise has been assiduously exploited on the written page, on stage, cinema and TV ever since A Study in Scarlet announced the arrival of the world’s greatest detective back in 1887.

The violin which was played by Wallace Hartley on the sinking ship in 1912

Titanic struggle to prove violin’s authenticity resolved

Instrument thought to have been played by the band leader on the Titanic as the ship sank declared genuine

Dobrinka Tabakova, String Paths (ECM New Series)

Album review: Dobrinka Tabakova, String Paths (ECM New Series)

Aptly for a Bulgarian composer educated in England, the music of Dobrinka Tabakova pivots on the cusp of East and West European, as well as sounding both ancient and modern. As with many modern composers, there are echoes here of Arvo Pärt, both in the tintinnabuli effects occasionally discernible in the turbulent first movement of her “Concerto for Cello and Strings”, and in the ascetic but radiant tone of her string trio “Insight”.

Time to speak out: Sacha Barlow, with her daughter, says many pupils left YMS because they were unhappy

Fresh abuse claims hit top music school

Former Yehudi Menuhin School pupil describes 'inappropriate behaviour by a number of teachers' during the 1980s

Album review: Rod Stewart, Time (Capitol)

On his first album of new original material in two decades, Rod Stewart looks to his past for inspiration.

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Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
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The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

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End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
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Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
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Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

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Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

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