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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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The Hallé's Christmas Sing-along

The Hallé; Nick Davies; Elin Manahan Thomas

Christmas Celebrations

Anderson, Rimsky-Korsakov
BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Carols by Candlelight

Various: Various Christmas Works
Nigel Perrin; City of Bath Bach Choir; Marcus Sealy

Christmas Classics

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Stephen Bell; Jamie MacDougall

The RSNO Christmas Concert

Blake, Koschat
Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Christopher Bell; Unknown
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Paul Lewis: master of Beethoven and Schubert

A select group of musicians provided a modest programme of chamber music at St George’s alongside renowned pianist, Paul Lewis.
***11
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Prospecting for Gold

Simone Damberg Würtz and Dane Hurst shine in an outstanding evening of new choreography.
****1
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Thought-provoking, violent and percussive

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet gave his thought-provoking, violent and percussive take on Bartók, Ravel and Beethoven - intelligent and uncompromising performance at its best. 
****1
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An operatic Messiah at Sage Gateshead

Paul McMcreesh leads Royal Northern Sinfonia and their chorus in a Messiah that deliveres all the intoxicating excitement of Handel's operatic writing. 
****1
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Arthur Pita's Little Match Girl

Arthur Pita's balletic take on Andersen's The Little Match Girl delights children and adults, and offers a bright alternative for the festive season.
****1
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