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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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Nutcracker, The

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker
Marius Petipa; Lev Ivanov; Russian State Ballet and Opera House

Settings of Goethe

Schubert
Sophie Daneman; Benjamin Hulett; Mark Stone; Sholto Kynoch

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

Flying the Flag: The French Beethoven

Berlioz, Onslow, Beethoven
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; François-Xavier Roth

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra: Arabian Nights

Ravel, Prokofiev, Rimsky-Korsakov
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Alexander Shelley; Boris Giltburg
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Tao Dance theater, 6 & 7

Tao Dance Theatre brings daring and emotional power to Sadler's Wells' stage. Its use of ritual elements is both original and beautiful.
****1
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A Dvořák Eighth from the Hallé

The music was so convincingly Czech and so naturally bucolic in outlook that I was left at the end wishing that we might hear more Dvořák from the Hallé/Elder partnership. 
***11
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Panufnik and Strauss celebrated by Pappano and the LSO

This was a clever and enjoyable concert built around anniversaries – Panufnik at 100 and Richard Strauss at the grand old age of 150. Despite the two composers being miles apart in approach and style the structures of their two pieces, a single movement building to central climax, were revealed as being similar.
****1
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Hungarian matinée with the CBSO

For a folklore enthusiast like yours truly, the CBSO’s matinee last Saturday seemed the perfect recipe: take some Liszt, a generous amount of Bartók and a pinch of Brahms, then add to the excellent musicians for a delectable musical experience.
***11
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"For the Fallen": BSO in Winchester Cathedral

Seven works by English composers created a journey from beauty to death as Remembrance day approaches. There wasn't much dwelling on the horrors of war itself, but plenty of human emotion and a sense of life sadly lost.
***11
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