Tom Service

10 of the best: metal meets classical

We celebrate Halloween by turning to the dark side with our pick of the 10 best heavy metal covers of classical tunes.

William Alwyn's symphonic vision: will it be vindicated at the Proms?

Alwyn’s First Symphony, panned by snobbish critics in 1950, is about to receive its first performance in more than 60 years.

Tristan Murail's world of breathtaking, disturbing beauty

Over their final weekend, the Aldeburgh Festival is celebrating spectralism, with French composer Tristan Murail in residence. Tom Service introduces a world of sensuality and vividness.

Symphony guide: Janáček's Sinfonietta

With its military bands, dazzling fanfares, and cinematic jump-cuts, Janáček's Sinfonietta is a unique symphonic proposition, sounding as new now as it did at its premiere in 1926.

The Rest is Noise festival: America, Dvo?

The fifth part of London's Southbank Centre's Rest is Noise festival - that takes as its starting point Alex Ross's survey of 20th century music - focuses on music in pre-war America. Here, US conductor Marin Alsop and the Guardian's Tom Service discuss t

A guide to George Benjamin's music

Benjamin's latest opera features cannibalism, suicide, sex and murder, and could be a watershed moment - unleashing the expressivity of one of Britain's most essential composers George Benjamin : one of the doyens of contemporary British composition, wh

The ice-age flute that can play The Star-Spangled Banner

The vulture-bone flute in the British Museum's Ice Age Art show proves that - even 40,000 years ago - music got the party started Reading this on mobile? Click here to watch Wulf Hein play the ice age flute With its jaw-dropping sculptures and carving

The Rite of Spring: 'The work of a madman'

Mild protests against the music," wrote Stravinsky, "could be heard from the beginning." The composer was remembering the night of 29 May 1913 at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris.

Music Matters: Britten Biographies, Brass Bands

Tom Service presents. New biographies of Benjamin Britten plus the future of brass bands.

Music Matters: Britten Biographies, Brass Bands

Tom Service presents. New biographies of Benjamin Britten plus the future of brass bands.