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Laufey, Royal Albert Hall review - fans in heaven

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Album: Fred Hersch - Silent, Listening

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Album: Shabaka - Perceive its Beauty, Acknowledge its Grace

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Album: Norah Jones - Visions

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Albums of the Year 2023: Bokanté - History

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Jansen, Ridout, Blendulf, Kozhukhin, Wigmore Hall review - Brahms in excelsis

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Album: Samara Joy - A Joyful Holiday

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EFG London Jazz Festival 2023 round-up review - vital sparks crossing and uniting generations

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The Creation, Choirs of King's College & New College Oxford, Philharmonia, Hyde, King's College Chapel, Cambridge - sublime setting for mundane performance

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Schiff, Höbarth, Coin, Wigmore Hall review - Schubert minus transcendence

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theartsdesk at Salzburg Jazz & the City Festival - perfection in free venues

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Lies We Tell review - fear and gaslighting in 1860s Ireland

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Album: Joshua Redman - Where Are We

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Album: Yussef Dayes - Black Classical Music

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Apocalypse Clown review - going out with a laugh

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Prom 39: Schiff, Elbert, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Fischer 3 review - jaw-dropping standards of orchestral playing

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It’s what you dream of in opera but don’t often get: singers feeling free and liberated to give their best after weeks of preparation with a...

The Great Escape Festival 2024, Brighton review - a dip into...

Before reviewing The Great Escape, we must first deal with the elephant in the room. Or, in this case, the room that’s crushing the elephant, like...

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There are many definitions of bravery, and taking on the challenge of embodying John Cleese as Basil Fawlty in Cleese’s own stage...

Laufey, Royal Albert Hall review - fans in heaven

In many ways, Laufey’s emotionally charged, sold-out...

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What with the likes of Sexy Beast, Layer Cake, The Hatton Garden Job and the oeuvre of Guy Ritchie, the...

Album: Billie Eilish - Hit Me Hard and Soft

So Billie Eilish’s new album has had its worldwide midnight release,...

Dunedin Consort, Mulroy, Wigmore Hall review - songs of love...

The sixteen voices of the Dunedin Consort raided the large store of music inspired by the Song of Songs and the sonnets of Petrarch in a sensual...

People, Places and Things, Trafalgar Theatre review - a scin...

It’s unusual for a play to be revived with its original director and star, let alone a decade after they premiered the piece. But here we are,...

Withnail and I, Birmingham Rep review - Bruce Robinson’s 198...

Let’s put our cards firmly on the table here. I am a big fan of Bruce Robinson’s cinematic masterpiece about two out-of-work actors who live in...