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American Psycho musical and Phil Collins's perfectly vacuous music

Duncan Shiekh's music for American Psycho - the new musical, in which Matt Smith plays, brilliantly, the lethally charismatic Patrick Bateman - is a straight-up triumph.

Symphony guide: Peter Maxwell Davies' 1st

Max's first symphony is shot through with the presence of the sea and his isolated Orkney home. This is music that seethes and churns and shimmers and glows

Music in the post-war world

The works that the Southbank Centre's Rest is Noise festival will be exploring reveal how composers responded to the blasted post-war world with music that transformed politics, relationships and social interactions Today, The Rest Is Noise festival ge

Verdi vs Wagner: join the debate

On Sunday at 6pm, Stephen Fry is chairing a musical debate that pits two of music's greatest opera composers, both celebrating their bicentary years. You can watch the sold-out event live with us here In the blue corner - intellectual, visionary, Teutoni

Proms 2013: let's Wurlitz like we did last summer

Richard Hills promises to take us back to the era of the theatre organ with an imaginative use of the Albert Hall's mighty 1997-pipe instrument A transcendent few days in prospect at the Proms. So what's most transformative of all? Shostakovich symphonie

Holst and Tippett: musical visionaries at the Proms

In his regular look at the week's prom highlights, Tom Service focuses on unsung British talent coming to the Albert Hall Amid everything else to watch out for in the next week at the Proms, a couple of British-musical threads to focus on: the music of M

Why the Proms Ring cycle is realising Wagner's true intent

Yes, yes, the Ring cycle at the Proms is quite possibly the biggest bargain in recent musical history - if you're Promming, you can experience maybe the best-sung and best-played Ring that audiences in the UK have ever heard (hyperbole? All right, I haven

The Proms, week one

Every July, that velvet-clad Victorian coliseum in South Kensington becomes a weird temporal vortex: the years collapse to those eight music-filled summer weeks, and as you enter the place 10 months after the previous season finished you feel that nothing

Peter Grimes on the Beach? Shiver me tenors!

Freezing temperatures, mighty winds, shifting sands

Gerald Barry on his opera Importance of Being Earnest

Gerald Barry's new opera sets Oscar Wilde's Importance of Being Earnest. The composer tells Tom Service about finding the cruelty behind the cucumber sandwiches The first time I heard Irish composer Gerald Barry 's opera on Oscar Wilde's The Importance