Violinist Daniel Rowland at the Kuhmo Festival
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Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Finland

A remote lakeside town hosts a remarkable event

Maria Ylipää in ‘Kullervo’
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Kullervo, Savonlinna Opera Festival, Finland

A Finnish classic, superbly sung and beautifully played

Valery Gergiev conducts the World Orchestra for Peace at the Proms
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World Orchestra for Peace, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London

Mahler’s Sixth Symphony was attacked with unremitting brutality

Jerry Dammers’ Spatial A.K.A. Orchestra (and Reggae Ensemble), Barbican, London

An epic tribute to bandleader Sun Ra and Jamaican roots music

Staff Benda Bilili on stage at Larmer Tree festival
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Larmer Tree 2014, Larmer Tree Gardens, Dorset/Wiltshire, UK

The big attraction was the resurrection of Staff Benda Bilili

Angela Meade in 'Lucrezia Borgia'
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Lucrezia Borgia/ Rigoletto, Caramoor Festival, Katona, New York

An intriguing pairing of bel canto operas

SOUTHWOLD, ENGLAND - JULY 19: Damon Albarn performs on stage at Latitude Festival 2014 at Henham Park Estate on July 19, 2014 in Southwold, United Kingdom. (Photo by Andy Sheppard/Redferns via Getty Images)
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Latitude Festival, Suffolk, UK

Friday was dancing day, Saturday belonged to Hall & Oates

Long Yu conducts the China Philharmonic Orchestra in their debut at the BBC Proms 2014
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BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London

Oppressive heat, cool control and Chinese crowd-pleasing

‘Orfeo ed Euridice’, Buxton Opera House – review

Stephen Medcalf’s staging underlines the simplicity of Gluck’s musico-dramatic schema

Public Service Broadcasting performing last November at the Brook, Southampton
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Folk music’s future directions

Two bands appearing at this year’s Womad festival are shaping a distinctive musical future

Upcoming concerts and festivals

Staff Benda Bilili, Foxes, Burt Bacharach, Tyler the Creator, The Proms, Adriana Lecouvreur, Tête à Tête and 35th Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival

Chance the Rapper, Forum, London – review

The singer moved like a spitter of the old school transported to a strange new psychedelic dimension

Gloria: a Pigtale, Linbury Theatre, London – review

An exhausting display of comic piggery

La traviata, Glyndebourne, East Sussex, UK

There’s a lot of talent here, but this is an arid production

The Jacobin, Buxton Opera House, Derbyshire – review

Dvořák’s unceasing generosity of melody elevates this opera

War and Peace, Mariinsky Theatre II, St Petersburg

Graham Vick brings out the human drama in Prokofiev’s opera

Children of the Light Trio, Ronnie Scott’s, London

Latin American music formed a strong thread at this gig

Eminem, Wembley Stadium, London

The Detroit rapper battled with the monumental size of the stadium

La bohème, Royal Opera House, London

John Copley’s production turns 40 in style

The Tsar’s Bride, Avery Fisher Hall, New York

A compelling Bolshoi performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera