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CLASSICAL MUSIC: NEW RELEASES

When these recordings first appeared on vinyl 12 years ago, they won unanimous praise, so their CD release is especially welcome. Holman expertly judges the dramatic nature of these suites, which draw on a selection of the Restoration plays for which Purcell wrote incidental music. The most famous of the delightful works here is the irresistible Chacony in G minor. HHHH

Dean's disgust at anger over woman priest

SEXUAL equality has not come easily to the hallowed halls of St Paul's Cathedral. "Along the way there has been pain ... pain for everyone," admitted its dean, the Very Reverend Dr John Moses, for the first time yesterday.

Hundreds queue to honour Hume

MOURNERS QUEUED patiently yesterday to pay their final respects to Cardinal Basil Hume, 76, who died last Thursday.

Letter: Tribute to Hume

Sir: Andrew Brown ("The qualifications of a modern holy man", 19 June) hits the nail on the head when he says that Cardinal Basil Hume's holiness was hard work and cost him a great deal.

Death of Cardinal Hume: Quiet contemplation as mourners pay respects

THE DRUNK washing his head in the marble font of holy water didn't know why Westminster Cathedral's huge bell was tolling steadily over the London rumbling traffic. Clutching a dented can of Stella Artois, the shaggy haired youth looked nonplussed when Cardinal Basil Hume's close friend and former private secretary, Father Pat Browne, gently tugged his grubby T-shirt and asked him to desist. "It's only water" grumbled the drunk.

First woman priest at St Paul's suffered hate-mail and abuse

THE BITTER feud over the ordination of women erupted again last night after revelations that one of the country's high-profile priests had been subjected to prolonged antagonism from church and congregation.

Property to let as an office of convenience

IN THE words of the estate agent, the property is suitably compact and comes with that most desirable of qualities - a unique selling point.

The evidence: The work table of a mosaic artist

Emma Biggs co-owns The Mosaic Workshop in London. She runs regular mosaic classes and has written several books on the subject.

The Sitters Tale: Lord Simon

New faces at the National Portrait Gallery: the ex-chairman of BP fidgets his way through 15 sittings

Letter: Organ-loft lauded

Sir: Alan Hall (letter, 25 May) wants to see adult mixed choirs in lay dress. From my experience that means silly twee floral print dresses and handbags in procession. Even those adult choirs that adopt a uniform try to mimic choristers' ruffs (at least for the ladies)!

Letter: Girls in the choir

Sir: Your letters about cathedral choirs are getting increasingly bad-tempered and sad! We should celebrate "all kinds of music", as it says in Walton's Belshazzar's Feast, which the Three Spires Singers were rehearsing yesterday evening.

A cast of millions

A new exhibition is attempting to capture the turmoils of the 20th century through sculpture. And be accessible.But does it work?

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