The Heath Quartet
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Heath Quartet, Wigmore Hall, London — review

An imaginatively planned recital featuring strings and soprano

James Ferguson illustration
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Berlin Philharmonic finds harmony in democracy

The orchestra is a beacon in a world where mutuals often transform into for-profit companies

Allen Toussaint on stage at Ronnie Scott's
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An Evening With Allen Toussaint, Ronnie Scott’s, London — review

A soirée with the man who is immersed in the music of New Orleans

Sofia Fomina, left, as Jemmy and Gerard Finley as William Tell
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Guillaume Tell, Royal Opera House, London — review

Rossini’s music soars — but the production falls flat

The T'ang Quartet at Merchant Taylors’ Hall
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T’ang Quartet and Melvyn Tan, City of London Festival, Merchant Taylors’ Hall, London — review

Pianist Melvyn Tan delivered much-needed oomph

Bavarian State Opera's 'Pelléas et Mélisande'
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Pelléas et Mélisande, Bavarian State Opera, Prinzregententheater, Munich — review

Christiane Pohle’s production was met with a storm of boos

Taylor Swift on stage in Hyde Park, London
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Taylor Swift, Hyde Park, London — review

A sparkling tribute to the power of female friendship

The Kronos Quartet with Wu Man, centre, at the Terry Riley Festival
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Terry Riley Festival, SFJAZZ Center, San Francisco — review

The music community paid joyous homage to the 80-year-old composer

© Licensed to London News Pictures. 26/06/2015. Pilton, UK. Florence and the Machine performing on the The Pyramid Stage stage at Glastonbury Festival 2015 on Friday Day 3 of the festival. This years headline acts include Kanye West, The Who and Florence and the Machine, the latter being upgraded in the bill to replace original headline act Foo Fighters. Photo credit: Richard Isaac/LNP
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Glastonbury Festival, Somerset, UK

Kanye West goes south but rising stars keep the radical spirit alive

Gweneth-Ann Jeffers
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‘Aida’, Holland Park, London

The festival’s first-ever production of Verdi’s ancient Egyptian spectacular

Vocal minority

What does it take to be a jazz singer and why are they often in the shadow of instrumentalists?

The Life of a Song: ‘Shipbuilding’

Lyrics touch on the impact of the Falklands war

The Schlippenbach Trio, Café Oto, London — review

Ideas flowed freely in the trio’s improvised performances

Flamencura, Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company, Sadler’s Wells — review

A dazzling array of talent was let down by poor direction

Samson et Dalila, Grange Park Opera, Hampshire, UK — review

Saint-Saëns’ opera falls victim to a heavy-handed production

Death in Venice, Garsington Opera, Buckinghamshire, UK — review

A production that rises to the challenges of Britten’s opera

Swept Away, Continuum Ensemble at Kings Place, London — review

Composers who suffered at the hands of the Nazis were showcased

Blur, British Summer Time: Hyde Park, London — review

The band’s juxtaposition of old and new songs was a challenge

Faust, Deutsche Oper Berlin — review

Gounod’s story loses direction in the hands of a former filmmaker

The Strokes, Hyde Park, London — review

Attempts at youthful brio felt scuffed by the passage of time