Jessica Duchen

The Great Tradition

A Cornish music seminar is a fitting monument to an irascible but inspirational violinist

Festive Season

This year’s Proms are better than ever. Now the BBC needs to repeat the trick during the rest of the year

The Maestro’s Mystique

A new generation of conductors must show that the concert hall can be the venue for a truly emotional experience

Tallinn is Worth a Mass

No longer in her father’s shadow, the composer Roxanna Panufnik is scaling new heights

Non-Party Pieces

Shostakovich's string quartets shine a light on the real composer in a way his symphonies cannot

Sounds Unfamiliar

Record companies frequently take a punt on lesser-known composers. Concert halls should do too

Death’s March

Can we hear the strains of mortality in the late works of classical composers?

Unwanted Liszt

Why is the bicentenary of the embodiment of Romanticism being downplayed by the BBC?

In Praise of Kaufmania

A regular bloke from Munich is taking the operatic world by storm. And he’s doing it by word of mouth

Burnt Out? Try Improvisation

Classical musicians should take time off once in a while to have fun. It’ll help them professionally

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"
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