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Zakir Hussain © Jim McGuire
London

Safety first: the Symphony Orchestra of India makes its London debut

By , 20 February 2019
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Elīna Garanča © Holger Hage | DG
London

Crushed velvet: Elīna Garanča holds Wigmore Hall spellbound

By , 17 February 2019
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Daniil Trifonov, Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO © Doug Peters
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Dancing to disaster with Rattle and the LSO

By , 17 February 2019
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Nash Ensemble © Hanya Chlala | ArenaPAL
London

From the cradle to the grave: German Romantics from the Nash Ensemble

By , 16 February 2019
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Marianela Núñez (Kitri) and Vadim Muntagirov (Basilio) © ROH | Andrej Uspenski
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Núñez and Muntagirov light up Don Quixote

By , 15 February 2019
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Tanztheater Wuppertal in Papaioannou's Since She © Julian Monnert
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With Papaioannou's Since She Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch take a bold step forward

By , 14 February 2019
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Boxwood & Brass © Tom Bowles
London

Master and pupil: Beethoven's Septet arranged by Czerny

By , 14 February 2019
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Helen Vollam performs Gavin Higgins' The Book of Miracles © BBC | Mark Allan
London

Miracles at the Barbican in Gavin Higgins' new concerto

By , 13 February 2019
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Steve Reich © Wonge Bergmann
London

All Reich on the Night with the London Sinfonietta

By , 12 February 2019
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Anthony Roth Costanzo (Akhnaten) © Jane Hobson
London

Mesmerising Akhnaten returns to ENO

By , 11 February 2019
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Sir John Eliot Gardiner © Sim Canetty-Clarke
London

Beethoven heroics among a sweet finale to Gardiner's memorable Schumann cycle

By , 10 February 2019
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Anita Rachvelishvili © Dario Acosta
London

In the limelight: the ROH Orchestra gets to shine on stage

By , 08 February 2019
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David Parry © Marco Borrelli
London

A study in romance: David Parry and the LPO perform Mendelssohn, Chopin and Elgar

By , 08 February 2019
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Alina Pogostkina © Nikolaj Lund
London

Stormy passions: The Red Priest and his Muses celebrated at Wigmore Hall

By , 07 February 2019
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Peter Eötvös © Klaus Rudolph
London

Intangible cosmos: Eötvös and three 20th-century classics from the Philharmonia

By , 07 February 2019
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Magdalena Kožená © Oleg Rostovtsev
London

Spliced: Mozart, Magdalena and the OAE mix it up

By , 04 February 2019
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Amanda Majeski (Katya) © ROH | Clive Barda
London

Two great Royal Opera debuts aren't enough to lift a Katya Kabanova lacking in drama

By , 04 February 2019
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Radu Lupu © Priska Ketterer
London

Limpid clarity: Beethoven and Rachmaninov from Lupu, Järvi and the Philharmonia

By , 03 February 2019
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Mary Bevan © BBC | Mark Allan
London

A disappointing Mass in B minor from the BBCSO

By , 02 February 2019
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Christian Tetzlaff © Giorgia Bertazzi
London

Fire burn and cauldron bubble: Tetzlaff, Ticciati and the LPO

By , 02 February 2019
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Nobuyuki Tsujii © Giorgia Bertazzi
London

Surface clatter and turbulent storms in Nobuyuki Tsujii’s QEH recital

By , 30 January 2019
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Sir Roger Norrington © Manfred Esser
London

“Remember me!” Norrington and LPO provide emotion and insight in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas

By , 30 January 2019
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Leo De Beul and ensemble in Peeping Tom's Vader © Oleg Degtiarov
London

Ageing onstage in Peeping Tom's Vader

By , 30 January 2019
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Tango Fire © Olivier Neubert
London

Tango Fire returns to The Peacock

By , 29 January 2019
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Ruxandra Donose and Stuart Skelton © Simon Jay Price
London

A finely gauged Walküre from Jurowski and the LPO

By , 27 January 2019
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Tamsin Waley-Cohen © Ben Russell
London

Venus and the Violin: Tamsin Waley-Cohen and Huw Watkins at Kings Place

By , 27 January 2019
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Diana Damrau, Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian RSO © Peter Meisel
London

Straussian perfection from Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian RSO at the Barbican

By , 26 January 2019
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Santtu-Matias Rouvali © Kaapo Kamu
London

France 2 – 0 Finland: an uneven match under Santtu-Matias Rouvali and the Philharmonia

By , 24 January 2019
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Angel Blue (Violetta Valéry) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

Blue is the new Violet: an outstanding Traviata debut

By , 24 January 2019
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Anna Finkel in Gecko's The Wedding © Richard Haughton
London

Gecko's The Wedding comes to London's International Mime Festival

By , 24 January 2019
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Steven Isserlis and Sakari Oramo with the BBC Symphony Orchestra © Mark Allan
London

Steven Isserlis silences the Schumann doubters

By , 23 January 2019
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Rafał Blechacz © Felix Broede | DG
London

Superb in Chopin... and more: Rafał Blechacz at Wigmore Hall

By , 21 January 2019
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London

Winding journeys of song at Queen Elizabeth Hall

By , 20 January 2019
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Joshua Bell © Bill Phelps
London

A medley of melodies from Joshua Bell and the ASMF

By , 19 January 2019
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Reece Clarke and Beatriz Stix Brunell in Ashton's The Two Pigeons © ROH, 2019 | Bill Cooper
London

Asphodel Meadows/ The Two Pigeons, a beautiful pairing of Royal Ballet repertoire

By , 19 January 2019
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Leonidas Kavakos © Marco Borggreve
London

Empathetic truth from the odd couple: Leonidas Kavakos and Yuja Wang at the Southbank

By , 18 January 2019
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English National Ballet in Manon © Laurent Liotardo
London

A fine company achievement: English National Ballet's Manon

By , 17 January 2019
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Sir Mark Elder © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Folksongs, sung songs and songful Brahms from Britten Sinfonia

By , 17 January 2019
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Mahan Esfahani © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

Baroque Futurism: Mesmerising soundscapes from Mahan Esfahani at the Barbican

By , 17 January 2019
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The Princess and the Showgirl, Thick and Tight © Judita Kuniskyte
London

A wonderful night with Thick & Tight

By , 17 January 2019
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Marin Alsop © Adriane White
London

SoundState: A bright future for new music at the Southbank

By , 16 January 2019
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James Streeter, Alina Cojocaru, jeffrey Cirio in ENB's Manon © Laurent Liotardo
London

Cojocaru leads a fine cast in ENB's Manon

By , 16 January 2019
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Gerold Huber © Clive Barda | ArenaPAL
London

A Winterreise where the pianist leads the psychological journey: Gerhaher and Huber at Wigmore Hall

By , 16 January 2019
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Pavel Kolesnikov © Eva Vermandel
London

A quiet Siberian: Pavel Kolesnikov entrances the Queen Elizabeth Hall

By , 15 January 2019
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Ermonela Jaho (Violetta) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

Ermonela Jaho makes a haunting return to Covent Garden’s Traviata

By , 14 January 2019
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Sir Simon Rattle © Oliver Helbig
London

Big boned Bartók and Bruckner from Rattle and the London Symphony

By , 13 January 2019
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Vladimir Stoyanov (Yeletsky / Tchaikovsky) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

A tale of many Tchaikovskys: Herheim's The Queen of Spades at the Royal Opera

By , 13 January 2019
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Martha Argerich performs with the Oxford Philharmonic © Richard Cave
London

Stars shine on Oxford Philharmonic's 20th anniversary concert

By , 12 January 2019
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Akram Khan Company, Until the Lions © Jean-Louis Fernandez
London

Akram Khan's Until the Lions returns to the Roundhouse

By , 11 January 2019
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Barbara Hannigan © Raphael Brand
London

Diamonds in the snow: Rattle, Hannigan and the LSO

By , 10 January 2019
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