21 November 2014
The barbaric practice of castrating boys yielded some of the greatest musical stars of the Baroque period, and had a huge influence on music of the time.
20 November 2014
Wagner is credited with changing the course of Western music in just four notes, but what turned a chord into a musical icon?
19 November 2014
This month the focus falls on new recordings by Maria Callas, Antonio Pappano and Cecilia Bartoli.
18 November 2014
Conductor Mark Elder and mezzo-soprano Rachel Kelly explore the music of Rossini through Il barbiere di Siviglia.
3 November 2014
The poem and symphony that inspired Liam Scarlett's new ballet depict the behaviours of four lonely people in a society teetering on the brink.
23 October 2014
Mozart movingly depicts four people driven to the limit in this exquisite Act III quartet – which the composer himself could never hear without weeping.
17 October 2014
With artworks hostage to fashion and cultural sentiment, why a little digging might unearth a new classic.
8 October 2014
This month the focus falls on new recordings by Joyce DiDonato, Jonas Kaufmann and Franco Fagioli.
7 October 2014
Two characters rise to the dramatic and musical challenge of the powerful confrontation that concludes Act I of Verdi’s early tragedy.
10 September 2014
Donate an instrument to schools and help children to learn music.