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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. 

Summer Schools: Dartington and ‘Music in Venice’

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’.

July 2014: Classical music for children

Schools have broken up for the summer and the dilemma about how to keep the children occupied during the holidays raises its head again. We’ve explored what classical music events are available – either free or at low cost – to entertain children and perhaps encourage them to explore something new.
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Lunchtime Young Artists Series 2

Rose Hsien; Tom Blach

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Todd: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Fflur Wyn; James Cleverton; Robert Burt; Hannah Pedley

Prom 16: Oriental Promise

Balakirev, Holst, Prokofiev, Mozart, Handel, Respighi
Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra; Sascha Goetzel; Daniel Hope

Chapel and Tavern

The Carnival Band; Vivien Ellis

Prom 17: Rameau - Grands Motets

Rameau
Les Arts Florissants; William Christie; Rachel Redmond; Katherine Watson; Reinoud Van Mechelen; Cyril Auvity
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A Tale of Two Tannhäusers

Eva-Maria Höckmayr's brilliantly unsettling double vision of Tannhäuser sees our hero both being, and watching himself being overwhelmed by psychic anguish, appalled at the futility of pleasure, and tortured by his savage envy of salvation. 
****1
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CBeebies Prom: Child-friendly fun in the "circle"

A kids’ TV format transferred to a Proms concert offered plenty of entertainment for the target audience, but precious little music.
***11
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Frivolity, tragedy and serenity: BBC NOW at the Proms

Thierry Fischer and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales presented an eclectic programme, with an exciting première by Simon Holt and the many different facets of 20th century French orchestral music.
****1
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A masterpiece of storytelling: Bach's St John Passion in Prom 12

From the insistent, driving opening to the sublime transcendence of the closing chorale, Norrington, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and James Gilchrist give us a St John Passion to remember.
****1
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Britten's War Requiem haunts Three Choirs Festival

As Britain prepares to celebrate the centenary of World War One, Britten's War Requiem brings a remarkable start to the Worcester Three Choirs Festival.
****1
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