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United Kingdom's Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance

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Bachtrack Guide to the BBC Proms 2014

BBC Proms

Royal Albert Hall © Marcus Ginns
For the latest reviews from the BBC Proms and to find out not only what's coming up but also our editor's picks, read our Guide to the BBC Proms which is updated every day.

Musical opportunities in North-East England

The musical life of North-East England is incredibly rich and varied, but it is also home to thriving music education services, with a strong commitment to bringing music to children of all backgrounds and abilities. 

Dartington Summer School

This article introduces two summer schools which have been hugely enjoyable and beneficial to me as a baroque violinist while I was a student: Dartington International Summer School and ‘Music in Venice’.

Contemporary Focus

During October, we focus on the here and now, with contemporary music and dance featured in a number of articles. We have spoken to a number of composers and choreographers about their work accross various mediums, and their collaborations with other contemporary artists.
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Hallé Pops: The Ella Fitzgerald Songbook

The Hallé; Clare Teal

La traviata

Verdi: La traviata
Gianluca Marcianò; Alessandro Talevi; Opera North; Oliver Dohnányi; Madeleine Boyd; Hye-Youn Lee

Handel - Royal Fireworks Music by Candlelight

Handel, Bach, Mozart, Pachelbel, Vivaldi
Peter Dyson; Belmont Ensemble of London

La fanciulla del West

Puccini: La fanciulla del West
Keri-Lynn Wilson; Richard Jones; English National Opera; Nicky Gillibrand; Miriam Buether; Susan Bullock; Peter Auty

Van Zweden Conducts Mahler

Mahler: Symphony no. 2
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Jaap van Zweden; Elizabeth Watts; Alice Coote; London Philharmonic Choir
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Opera North's sunny and life-affirming Bartered Bride

Smetana's The Bartered Bride by Opera North at Leeds Grand Theatre directed by Daniel Slater is a confident revival of an old success. 
****1
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Jonathan Miller's La bohème returns to ENO

ENO's revival of Jonathan Miller's 2009 production is musically solid, but falls short of the dramatic intensity achieved in previous years.
***11
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Kolesnikov scales Rachmaninov’s Everest with stylish elegance

A deeply satisfying instalment to the LPO’s Rachmaninov series contained two towering masterpieces presented in very different ways – lightness of touch in the concerto and emotional sweep in the symphony. 
****1
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Passion, individuality and extremes: Arcadi Volodos in recital

Russian pianist Arcadi Volodos held the audience's attention with live performance at its best, at times eccentric, yet totally captivating and always uplifting. 
****1
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Masters of the Queens Music at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Judith Weir's music didn't have the pride of place it deserved at this miscellaneous collection of music from past and present Masters of the Queen's Music, presented by the Park Lane Group at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. 
**111
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