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BirminghamCBSO & The Orchestral Qawwali Project

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Ben Palmer; Rushil Ranjan; Abi Sampa; Parkash Pal; George Kakas

LondonSymphony Orchestra of India

Strauss R., Hussain, Stravinsky
Symphony Orchestra of India; Alpesh Chauhan; Zakir Hussain; Niladri Kumar; Rakesh Chaurasia

SeattleSpirit Chief Names the Animal People

Rossini, Beethoven, Esmail, Tate
Seattle Symphony; Sunny Xuecong Xia; Kaia Selden; Ravi Albright; Swil Kanim
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Holst's Sāvitri: near-death experience in the Barbican

A game of three halves from the Britten Sinfonia, with a late appearance by three star soloists.
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Safety first: the Symphony Orchestra of India makes its London debut

An evening of different musical flavours, but none, as yet, are quite distinctive on the palate.
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Telling Tales: Shahrazad unveiled

Danyal Dhondy's new opera Shahrazad focuses on the brave young heroine who spins her stories each evening to keep her husband, King Shahryār, enthralled... and what happened when Shahrazad finished telling her final tale.
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Prom 16: a powerful Berkeley première

A superb performance from Chloë Hanslip in the world premiere of Berkeley's Violin Concerto, with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Jac van Steen polished but lacking bite in Dukas and Prokofiev.
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Sonic inundation: Tavener’s Flood of Beauty

There was an inundation of the sound of John Tavener's Flood of Beauty at the Barbican on Sunday, with the Britten Sinfonia conducted by Martyn Brabbins.
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Nonclassical at Scala

The centrepiece of Nonclassical’s “Pioneers of Percussion” festival was a rousing marathon of a concert at Scala, a large (mostly) rock venue near King’s Cross. It was a rich, varied, high-energy, happily chaotic affair that lasted into the wee hours of the morning.
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Simon Thacker's Svara-Kanti in Edinburgh

Symposium Hall is a new 158-seat church conversion venue in Edinburgh’s attractive Hill Square. Its mix of tradition and newness made a fitting venue for the final date in Svara-Kanti’s UK tour. Encoded in the name (svara = sound/notes and kanti = beauty) is the group’s raison d’être; the new territory to be found in the marriage of Indian and Western instruments and traditions.
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