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Benedetti, Manchester Camerata, Takács-Nagy, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Philip Radcliffe

Having been put to the fiddle at the age of five, Nicola Benedetti appreciates the value of making music at an early age. She is fiercely committed to music education and developing new talent. So it was a joy to see her playing enthusiastically with 30 primary school children as a pre-concert curtain raiser to the start of Manchester Camerata’s new season.It was all part of the laudable “In Harmony” project, which aims “to use music as a tool to increase aspirations, enthuse, unite and inspire...

Reissue CDs Weekly: Sun Ra

Kieron Tyler

 Sun Ra and his Arkestra: In the Orbit of RaUp to his death in 1993, the space-fixated jazz bandleader, composer, musician and visionary born Herman Blount had issued around 117 albums, about 46 of which were live sets. Pinning down exact numbers with Sun Ra is unrealistic. Some albums repeated material from previous releases. Others were re-recordings or re-titlings. Since his passing there has been an outpouring of collections of previously shelved studio material, more live offerings...

Albion, Bush Theatre

Aleks Sierz

Opening on the day after the Scottish Referendum, Chris Thompson’s new play has a timely, even incendiary, title. It also recalls the sad little song...

Carmen, Welsh National Opera

Stephen Walsh

Popularity is all very well, but it can be a poisoned chalice. Braving the umpteenth revival of Carmen at WNO (original directors Patrice Caurier and...

Sarah Jane Morris, Union Chapel

Peter Quinn

Recorded in the UK, Johannesburg, Paris and Tel Aviv, Sarah Jane Morris's latest album, Bloody Rain, is undoubtedly a labour of love. Hearing it...

The Real Tudors, National Portrait Gallery

Florence Hallett

A modest but groundbreaking display brings together portraits of a great dynasty

Goat Simulator

Stuart Houghton

You'll believe a goat can sort of fly

Night Will Fall

Tom Birchenough

Memories of the Holocaust, and Alfred Hitchcock's attempts to sum up its visual testimony

Legends, Sky 1 / The Strain, Watch

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Sean Bean joins the FBI and Guillermo del Toro does vampires: latest US drama

Joan Baez, Royal Festival Hall

Heidi Goldsmith

Veteran folk-protest singer seduces audience with delicacy

Romeo and Juliet, Victoria Baths, Manchester

Philip Radcliffe

Designer rises to challenge of spectacular new venue

This World: Ireland's Lost Babies, BBC Two

Jasper Rees

Martin Sixsmith pursues the harrowing story of Catholic children born out of wedlock

Jasper Johns: Regrets, Courtauld Gallery

Fisun Güner

A rich and multifaceted body of work that offers a modern twist on the memento mori

Doctor Scroggy’s War, Shakespeare’s Globe

Aleks Sierz

Howard Brenton’s First World War play is interesting, but not always convincing

The Murmuring/ Metheus/ Mesmerics, BalletBoyz, Linbury Studio Theatre

Hanna Weibye

New works show all-male company on top form

Ballyturk, National Theatre

Heather Neill

Enda Walsh's unsettling comedy triumphs at the Lyttelton

Hamlet, Royal Exchange, Manchester

Veronica Lee

An underwhelming production, but Maxine Peake is gripping as the young Prince

Magic in the Moonlight

Katherine McLaughlin

Emma Stone delights in Woody Allen's 1920s romantic comedy

Ghost from a Perfect Place, Arcola Theatre

Aleks Sierz

Powerful revival of Philip Ridley’s 1994 shock-fest proves that it’s a contemporary classic

Xerxes, English National Opera

Alexandra Coghlan

This vintage Handel is pretty, witty and more youthful than ever

Forbidden Broadway, Vaudeville Theatre

David Nice

Fearless foursome spoofs the poker-faced and the overblown in magnificent Menier transfer

Glue, E4

Veronica Lee

Jack Thorne's latest is a gripping whodunit set in the English countryside

Cilla, ITV

Adam Sweeting

Anodyne biog sanitises showbusiness legend

Francesca Woodman: Zigzag, Victoria Miro

Marina Vaizey

An exhibition that lends new insights and depth to the late photographer's work

The Village, Series 2 Finale, BBC One

Tom Birchenough

Gripping final episode, but is the very existence of 'The Village' threatened?

20,000 Days On Earth

Nick Hasted

Nick Cave's art is exposed in a playful, funny doc

Foo Fighters, Olympic Park

Matthew Wright

Dave Grohl's band closes Invictus Games with a seismic blast of energy and goodwill

British Art at War: Bomberg, Sickert and Nash, BBC Four

Marina Vaizey

Andrew Graham-Dixon begins an excellent trilogy about World War One artists with Paul Nash

Otello, English National Opera

Alexandra Coghlan

A dark and potent version of Verdi is David Alden at his best


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