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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.

Simon Keenlyside, Wigmore Hall, London

The good news is that Simon Keenlyside has curbed his usual incessant prowling on the recital platform. Not only was he in resplendent voice for this ambitious Wigmore Hall programme, but the new-found stillness (or relative stillness) drew us more directly into his confidence. The nervous energy was still very much in evidence, but harnessing it physically made for an extraordinary tension in the singing. You can't lie in the recital hall, and the shifty body language always suggested he was doing just that. Not this time.

Chilingirian Quartet, Wigmore Hall, London

It is tricky to write about a concert when told from the platform that the musicians are donating their services for free. As it is for a good cause the Pharos Trust it feels churlish to go into critical mode. But when a group of good players are put together "giving their services", chances are that rehearsal time will be brief. And, alas, this is what struck me in this concert: put fine chamber music players together and something respectable will turn out, but it is unlikely to be exceptional. Chamber music is about blend of sound and blend of approach after significant periods working together.

Billy Budd, Barbican Hall, London<br/>Von Otter/Forsberg/Paulsson, Wigmore Hall, London

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