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BBC Prom 13, CBeebies Prom, review: 'uninspired'

The CBeebies Prom badly needed an appearance from Iggle-Piggle, says Serena Davies

Proms 1, 4, 9, 6; Chamber Music 1 review celebrations, and doubt

The 120th season began in grand style with Elgar, but the World Orchestra for Peace sounded a note of uncertaintyA faint cloud of dust rose up from the big bass drum as the fateful hammer blows were struck at the end of Mahler's Sixth Symphony. The compos

Prom 9: LSO/Gergiev review Barry Douglas compels in Brahms

Royal Albert Hall, LondonJanáek's Glagolitic Mass lacked subtlety, but Douglas's account of Brahms's First Piano Concerto was compellingAmid the compulsive hyping that affects classical music, Barry Douglas remains defiantly and admirably grounded. But D

The stage manager steals the show – Adriana Lecouvreur at Opera Holland Park

Martin Lloyd-Evan's highly sensitive production features a show-stealing performance by Richard Burkhard but is marred by problems of orchestral balance.

Prom 7: BBCSO/Blohlávek review Tavener, Shostakovich and Bartók

Royal Albert Hall, LondonIsabelle Faust's passionate Bartók and Bach reached an even higher spiritual plane than Tavener's meditationWhen he died last November, John Tavener had already completed a number of pieces that would have served to celebrate his

Pet Shop Boys review Alan Turing Prom curiously lacking in modernity

Royal Albert Hall, LondonA Prom dedicated to a 'man from the future' was stirring, but cried out for more input from Chris LoweNomenclature can get tricky when you think outside the box. What are we to call A Man From the Future, the Pet Shop Boys' tribut

Prom 1: The Kingdom, Prom 2: China Philharmonic - review

The beginning of the 2014 BBC Proms season was also the end of an era, as Roger Wright officially ended his time in charge. Rather than go out with fanfares however, Wright’s final night was all muted glow and quiet nostalgia.

Norma review Bellini with shock tactics

Holland Park, LondonThe music of Bellini's opera struggles to match the modern context into which it's thrust by Olivia FuchsBellini's opera is set in ancient Gaul during the period of Roman occupation. Designed by Niki Turner, Olivia Fuchs' staging place

La traviata; Gloria: A Pigtale review

Glyndebourne, East Sussex; Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House, LondonGlyndebourne's impeccable new Traviata is a palpable hit. And at Covent Garden the passion is all porcineFamily tensions, like death and taxes, are unavoidable. However changed our societ

BBC Proms: China makes its breakthrough

The China Philharmonic Orchestra makes its debut at the BBC Proms as China and Britain overcome their mutual "fear and fascination" through classical music