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LondonBBC Singers at Cutty Sark: Kabantu

Alex L'Estrange; BBC Singers; Kabantu

BarcelonaBanda Municipal de Barcelona: Doing Americas

Gershwin, Copland, Bernstein
José Rafael Pascual-Vilaplana; Banda Municipal de Barcelona

BilbaoHolst, Vaughan Williams, Barber

Holst, Vaughan Williams, Barber
José Rafael Pascual-Vilaplana; Banda Municipal de Bilbao
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Swan Lake Loch na hEala

© Colm Hogan
A feast of imagination and excellent performance. This modern Irish take on the classic ballet is funny, profound and moving.
*****
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Georgian panduris and salamuris in Latvia

Jaba Margvelani playing the gudastviri © Kaspars Balamovskis
Georgian ethno-jazz band Egari lifts the roof in Latvia in a highly original genre of traditional music played in contemporary style.
***11
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Rambert: Dark Arteries with Tredegar Town Band

Liam Francis and Brenda Lee Grech in Dark Arteries © Johan Persson
Brass bands and balletic phrases formed part of Rambert's new mixed bill at Sadler's Wells, which also including the world premiere of Mark Baldwin's big and bold celebration of Welsh mining tradition.
***11
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Hyde Park becomes a Boogie Wonderland

Hyde Park's Last Night of the Proms is a marathon specatcle, with highlights from Earth Wind and Fire, Rufus Wainwright and land lubbing ensemble The Fisherman's Friends.

Battle of the Bands: Prom 30 at the Royal Albert Hall

This Late Night Prom put together a Battle of the Bands between two groups of musicains to represent the bands of Count Basie and Duke Ellington. Basie's and Ellington's bands never in fact battled it out in real life, so this showcased what might have been.
****1
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Swing, synthpop, and the serious: Pet Shop Boys at the BBC Proms

For the first time in the Proms' history, the programme for the first of this season's Late Nights included the premiere of A Man from the Future, a groundbreaking new piece about codebreaker Alan Turing.
***11
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Eine Reise durch Indonesien beim Holland Festival

Ruang Suara © Katrin Schilling
Das Konzert des Ensemble Modern beim Holland Festival war ein Augen- und Ohrenschmaus und gleichzeitig ein Paradebeispiel für wirklichen interkulturellen Austausch.
*****
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