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BBC Symphony Orchestra, Barbican Hall, London<br/>Markus Werba, Wigmore Hall, London<br/>London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall, London
Sunday 31 October 2010
Monday 18 October 2010
It was Stephen Kovacevich’s 70th birthday party and his highly individual guests represented past, present, and future.
Saturday 16 October 2010
Monday 04 October 2010
Did you know that ‘Smile’, composed by Charlie Chaplin for ‘Modern Times’, reached No 2 in the UK charts when Nat King Cole recorded it, and that it was Michael Jackson’s favourite song?
Monday 20 September 2010
Orchestral musicians are very like squaddies and schoolchildren, most notably in their penchant for ya-boo jokes: witness their puerile digs about the poor sods who play that instrumental Cinderella, the viola.
Thursday 09 September 2010
Friday 13 August 2010
This year's winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society's Young Artist Award, Iestyn Davies here applies his strong, precise countertenor to a mixed programme of works by several composers, centred around Handel's Nine German Arias, whose three-line settings he has arranged for the Ensemble Guadagni's period textures of harpsichord, theorbo, organ, violin and viola da gamba.
Monday 19 July 2010
Finally liberated from his early-music pigeonhole, John Dowland has become everyone's property: while Harrison Birtwistle does his number on him, Sting comes up with his.
Saturday 10 July 2010
A teeming, perspiring crowd and a first prize of nearly £100,000 for one of the most frantically contested handicaps of the year will together make the Knavesmire no place for faint hearts this afternoon. What a test of nerve, then, awaits Martin Lane when hoisted into the saddle on Wigmore Hall before the John Smith's Cup.
Friday 02 July 2010
With his waistcoat and tails, watch-chain, and cloud of grey curls, Andras Schiff walks on stage like a survivor from Imperial Vienna, but his cellist colleague Miklos Perenyi is the pointer to this concert’s real provenance.
Saturday 26 June 2010
- 3 UK chef creates world's most expensive ready meal - a fish pie costing £314
- 4 Food poverty in UK has reached level of 'public health emergency', warn experts
- 5 I’m sure Kate Moss doesn't care about posing for Playboy. But I do