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Critics’ Circle Music Awards 2017

The Music Section of The Critics’ Circle is delighted to announce the recipients of its Annual Awards for 2017 which are as follows: Emerging Talent (Voice) Natalya Romaniw At just 30, Natalya Romaniw’s star is in the ascendant. A voice of rare spinto warmth lends...

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Words and music

By Jessica Duchen Two less than Christmassy pieces of news in music journalism have arrived within a matter of weeks. One is that the Ham & High – more than merely a north London local paper – is dropping its classical music coverage. The other is that the Birmingham...

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Wonderful Town

The London Symphony Orchestra's final Barbican show of the year – show is more fitting than mere concert – was 90 minutes of unalloyed pleasure and delight; a suitably celebratory curtain call for new music director Simon Rattle. Rattle introduced the work, premiered...

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Monteverdi, John Eliot Gardiner, V&A

Monteverdi's curtain call Amanda Holloway At the top of my Christmas highlights is John Eliot Gardiner’s trio of Monteverdi operas, compressed into an evening of music at the V&A to coincide with the Opera: Passion, Power & Politics exhibition. Throughout 2017 the...

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