"The world turns on its dark side", proclaims the opening music of A Child of Our Time, the Oratorio which English composer and pacifist Michael Tippett began writing on the day that Britain declared war on Germany in September 1939, and which tells the story of the murderous events that led up to Kristallnacht in 1938.
When the end of the 20th century came, some aspects of jazz began to be given the status of a classical form. In the reassessments that followed, the work of the American pianist and composer Dave Brubeck, who has died aged 91, was a major beneficiary.
The well-known pianist, Lucy Parham, has teamed up with Brendan Coyle, better known as John Bates from the popular series, Downtown Abbey, to make sumptuous music together.
No, it doesn't have quite the same ring as April in Paris. But for people who love culture, this is surely the place to be right now. There simply isn’t another city in the world that offers as much.
A warning from Lucerne on the limits of private philanthropy: not content with establishing the world's most luxurious pick-up band, Claudio Abbado's Lucerne Festival Orchestra, and the world's most ambitious project to cement a performance practice of new music at the heart of young people's training – the Lucerne Festival Academy, led every year by Pierre Boulez and the Ensemble InterContemporain – the Lucerne festival and its artistic director Michael Haefliger plan to set up the world's most innovative auditorium for music theatre, the Salle Modulable.
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It was announced today that Copenhagen-born Kasper Holten will replace Elaine Padmore as director of opera at the Royal Opera House after the 2010/11 season.
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Pioneering initiatives to draw young people to classical concerts are among hundreds of events planned by London's Southbank Centre in the UK's biggest classical music programme.