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Wigmore Hall, London

A series of concerts devoted to Mozart’s quartets kicks off with an exhilarating exploration of the boundaries of his writing

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These unconventional artists and composers use everything from computer viruses to mud-crusted violins to create new sounds and reimagine masterpieces

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Barbican, London
London’s most muscular orchestra sounded wonderfully delicate Continue reading...
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Tireless American composer has been enlisted for the next instalment of the superhero franchise

Ahead of 20th Century Fox’s latest superhero reboot of The Fantastic Four, director Josh Trank has confirmed that composer Philip Glass will be scoring the forthcoming film with Marco Beltrami.

Trank, best known for his 2012 film Chronicle, spoke to Collider about his long time admiration for the composer, and said that he had been working with Glass for around a year on the film after contacting his manager.

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Private donations and public support mean that this innovative orchestra will not be disbanded despite the loss of its state funding

Let’s save an orchestra: the Danish National Chamber Orchestra, which was scandalously disbanded on 1 January when this 75-year-old ensemble’s state funding was cancelled at ludicrously short notice, has been mounting a typically imaginative campaign to bring about its potential resurrection. It’s not just eating chillies, playing tango, and performing in shopping centres: thanks to the group’s refusal to take their fate lying down, they have raised enough money from private donations to bring the orchestra back from the brink.

Through a Kickstarter campaign to raise 3m Danish kroner (£300,000), the orchestra received more than a third of that money from supporters, and have now had pledges for the rest of the balance from the Danish business community. Confusingly, because Kickstarter won’t accept single donations of more than 50,000 DKK, that then meant the orchestra has had to cancel their Kickstarter account and ask everyone who had pledged money to resubmit their cash in other forms before 28 February; but however it happens, the upshot is an orchestra that will be saved by private donations and public support.

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Royal Festival Hall, London
Stravinsky’s distanced objectivity was set against Verdi’s lavish and intensely empathetic rendering of fear Continue reading...
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The Manchester orchestra’s trip south delivers Mozart, Mendelssohn and Elgar in the expressive hands of Sir Mark Elder Continue reading...
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Martyn Rose claimed £10m had been lost under artistic director John Berry, but ENO says it ‘does not recognise the figure at all’

English National Opera has vehemently denied it is on course to make another financial loss, amid revelations of a poisonous feud at the top of the organisation.

The businessman Martyn Rose sparked surprise last week when he announced he was standing down as chairman on 15 February after two years in the job.

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