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Cheltenham Music Festival

The Cheltenham Music Festival is all about high-calibre performances, magnificent venues and a huge variety of music – from symphonic grandeur to the intimacy of chamber music, and from sublime choral experiences to brand new musical adventures. With it

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/James MacMillan - review

The occasion felt bureaucratic: a concert conducted by James MacMillan added to the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra's calendar to mark Commonwealth Day, the arbitrary figure of 135 days until the Commonwealth Games kick-off in Glasgow and the orchestra's

Beethoven: Complete Violin Sonatas - Daishin Kashimoto

Since giving his first full recital at the age of 9, Daishin Kashimoto has gone on to win most of the top awards for his violin playing. This album showcases his talents perfectly. The Guardian gave it four stars saying: "His clean, elegant tone and p

Star Trek: Live in Concert - Royal Albert Hall

Star Trek – Live in Concert celebrates the extraordinary collaboration between film and music as Michael Giacchino's score is brought to life on stage by the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Ludwig Wicki, whilst J. J. Abrams’ Ac

Haydn: Strong Quartets Op.76 No. 1, Op. 50 No. 1, Op. 77 No. 1 - Quatuor Modigliani

With 68 works to his credit, Joseph Haydn was not only the founding father the string quartet, but also an undisputed master of the genre. This influence continued through his direct successors, Mozart, Schubert and Beethoven, through the romantic era and

Beethoven: The Complete Violin Sonatas, Daishin Kashimoto and Konstantin Lifschitz - review

Daishin Kashimoto, a Japanese national born in London who studied at the Juilliard when barely in long trousers, started prodigiously young – he gave his first full recital aged nine and has scooped most of the world's top violin prizes.

Haydn: String Quartets Op.76 No. 1, Op. 50 No. 1, Op. 77 No. 1, Quatuor Modigliani - review

Quatuor Modigliani (Mirare) The motto of the Modigliani Quartet , founded in Paris in 2003, is taken from the artist whose name they borrowed: "Your true duty is to save your dream." Haydn deserves nothing less. The father of the string quartet wrote 68

Clarion Call – Berkeley Ensemble

This new album from the Berkeley Ensemble is filled with drama, passion and intensity which makes it a joy to listen to. Taking their name from two British composers from the last one hundred years (father and son Sir Lennox and Michael Berkeley), the

Classical review: RSNO - Symphonie Fantastique

This weekend it was his clarinet concerto Ninian, written in 1996 for the RSNO’s principal clarinettist John Cushing, and performed here by the same forces that premiered it in 1997.

Nathan Williamson: Live in Concert - St James's Church, Piccadilly

Pianist Nathan Williamson specialises in romantic works and his performance at St James's Church reflects this. In this concert he will be performing alongside the Corinthian Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Adrian Brown.