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Jazz, Folk & World

Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo, London

Kate Bush’s first full-scale show in 35 years ranged from the conventional to the boldly theatrical, with family and parenthood as prominent themes

The Lament of the Black Sheep, Ange Hardy, album review

Ange Hardy perfectly balances the strengths of traditional folk music with fresh writing in The Lament of the Black Sheep

Chopcy Kontra Basia: Oj Tak! review experimental folk-jazz from Poland

(World Music Network)Based in the ancient and fashionably arty city of Krakow, this intriguing new Polish band match tradition with experiment. Chopcy Kontra Basia translates as "Boys Against Basia", and apparently reflects the musical tensions that come

War Requiem/Missa ‘L’homme armé’, Edinburgh International Festival

Beautifully performed Britten easily eclipsed a jarring mash-up of Dufay and Heider in this bold pairing of two Latin mass settings

Slint, Electric Brixton, London – review

Post-rock progenitors Slint return to the UK for the re-release of their 1991 album ‘Spiderland’, a record that spawned an entire music genre

The Proms and the first world war

Lots of British composers, no new German music and women in the orchestra: preserved programmes provide a fascinating snapshot of musical Britain during the era

BBC Proms: Steve Reich, Royal Albert Hall, London

Conducted by David Hill, the BBC Singers and Endymion got to the heart of ‘The Desert Music’, twinned here with Reich’s pioneering ‘It’s Gonna Rain’

BBC Proms, Cadogan Hall and Royal Albert Hall, London

Violinists Janine Jansen and Sakari Oramo were a virtuoso violin duo in the lunchtime recital, but Strauss fell flat in the evening

Rinaldo, Glyndebourne Festival, East Sussex

The gags come thick and fast but some of Handel’s weightier themes seem trivialised in Robert Carsen’s revived staging of the opera

BBC Proms: BBC Symphony Orchestra/Oramo, Royal Albert Hall, London

Sakari Oramo conducted a thoroughly eclectic programme which brought together music by Beethoven, Stravinsky and Australian composer Brett Dean