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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.

Sara Mingardo/Accademia degli Astrusi, Wigmore Hall, London, ***; Amore, Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall, **

The Venetian contralto Sara Mingardo is one of a kind, and the nearest approximation to her clarion sound is to be found in the recordings of countertenor James Bowman in his prime; down in the baritone register her voice has masculine firmness, and when she opens up at the top her timbre is thrilling.

Album: Nicola Benedetti The Silver Violin (Decca)

Nicola Benedetti believes that film music is the primary contemporary conduit for classical or orchestral music.

Classical Brit honour for Harry Potter composer Williams

Star Wars and Harry Potter soundtrack composer John Williams is to be honoured at the Classical Brit Awards.

Six hour opera with real helicopters and a dancing camel to premiere in Birmingham

Members of a string quartet have clambered aboard four helicopters to practise ahead of the world premiere of an opera which features an airborne performance and a dancing camel.

Prom 41: Gurrelieder/BBCSO/Saraste
Prom 42: Power/Philharmonia/Malkki
Royal Albert Hall, London

Schoenberg’s splendidly unclassifiable ‘Gurrelieder’ was both an attempt to beat Wagner at his own game and a declaration that the game was over.

Runners in luminous suits mark the start of Edinburgh festival

Hundreds of runners wearing specially-designed luminous suits are marking the start of the Edinburgh International Festival.

Lights on for Edinburgh International Festival

Edinburgh International Festival gets under way today, with hundreds of runners in luminous suits bringing the landmark Arthur's Seat to life at night during the three-week programme.

Carolyn Sampson and Joelle Harvey in the operatic B Minor Mass

Prom 26, Royal Albert Hall, London
Susanna, Ilford Festival, Wiltshire
Prom 21, Robert Albert Hall

Bach's B Minor Mass is too grand for liturgical use, but it was powerful, moving and dramatic at the Royal Albert Hall

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Michelle Obama's favourite label comes to UK shores with a bang, thanks to a campaign that features a cast of industry style icons

Michael Barenboim performs Anthemes 2

Prom 13: Daniel Barenboim/Michael Barenboim/West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Royal Albert Hall

As their intensive Beethoven and Boulez series steams onward, you might expect the players of Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra to be wilting a little. Not a bit of it. This fourth concert held the work that many consider Beethoven’s finest symphonic gem, the Seventh – and if anyone’s mojo needed a shot in the arm, that was the place to be.

RCM's Matyas Csibas and Sophia Anagnostou

Sound of Versailles comes to the Proms

Kate Youde talks to the students recreating Louis XIII's orchestra

Album: Christopher Gibbons, Motets .../Academy of Ancient Music/Richard Egarr (Harmonia Mundi)

Gibbons grew up in the service of Charles I and survived to serve as Organist of the Chapel Royal under Charles II.

Album: Grasscut, Unearth (Ninja Tune)

Grasscut push the electropop envelope in intriguing new directions with Unearth, its songs inspired by alliances of people, poetry and places.

Album: Meursault, Something for the Weakened (Song, By Toad)

Named after the antihero of Camus' L'étranger, Scots combo Meursault operate where strident folk-rock meets etiolated grunge and ambient electronica, a blend perfectly measured for the melancholy broadsides of Something For The Weakened.

Leopold Trio/Steven Osborne/Pavel Haas Quartet, Wigmore hall, London

Classical music’s talent-spotting schemes don’t always work - as witness the fortysomethings desperately trying to recreate their brief fame as 'BBC young musician of the year' - but Radio 3's New Generation Artist scheme is an exception. Successive concerts by two NGA ensembles this week reinforced the point that this title is a copper-bottomed accolade.

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