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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’.

Lights, Camera.... Music: Film Focus

This month, we explore the world of film music and classical composers who have written for film. 
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Gypsy Songs & Dumky Trio

Dvořák
Ivan Ludlow; London Bridge Ensemble; Daniel Tong; Arisa Fujita

Ivy House Music and Dance Leon Greening, Jazz Trio

Powell, Garner
Leon Greening, Piano

Alexandra Dariescu plays Grieg

Beethoven, Mascagni, Grieg, Dvořák
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Alessandro Fabrizi; Alexandra Dariescu

Martynas In Ulverston

Bach, Mozart, Vivaldi, Piazzolla
Martynas Levickis; Manchester Camerata

Lisa Peacock Thursday lunchtime series at Wigmore Hall

Rameau, Debussy, Tchaikovsky, Glinka, Stravinsky
Kotaro Fukuma, Piano
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Acosta's Don Quixote

Carlos Acosta's Don Quixote opened this week at the Royal Opera House, with Carlos Acosta as Basilio and Marianela Núñez as Kitri.
****1
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Gluck’s Don Juan fails to seduce

Gluck’s ballet Don Juan is a rarity but sadly, the tame performance by the Academy of Ancient Music, part of its ‘Grand Tour’ series, failed to seduce at Milton Court. 
***11
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A feast of orchestration as Oundjian conducts The Firebird

Peter Oundjian and the RSNO star in a celebration of orchestration, with guest Steven Osborne. 
****1
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A Passion for our times: The Gospel According To The Other Mary

The view of Jesus as the archetypal left wing radical, champion of the poor and dispossessed and scourge of the wealthy forms the foundation of John Adams and Peter Sellars’ oratorio The Gospel According To The Other Mary. A strong score and outstanding conductor and singers make for an impressive première.
****1
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Camptastic, darling: Rameau's Platée

Channelling Conchita Wurst in its starring role, the Early Opera Company's production of this rare Rameau opera is bursting with laughs and memorable performances from a strong young cast. 
****1
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