The contemporary music strand of the Italian festival brought a typically elegant and thoughtful music theatre work by Michel van der Aa; less successful was Yvette Janine Jackson’s ‘radio opera’ Left Behind
Ahead of its new season, the 32-year-old talks about how he’s shaping the Southbank Centre to reflect classical music today, the magic of live music, and the challenge of keeping the lights – and the heating – on
Why is Jerusalem lumped in with the jingoism of Last Night of the Proms? William Blake wrote a heretical, anti-establishment anthem that was later gifted to the suffragists and used to rouse fighters in the Spanish civil war
With a libretto by Alice Birch, who adapted Normal People, this Aldeburgh festival opener revolves around a collapsing world. Apt, given that – with the pandemic – its creators didn’t know it would ever make the stage
The world’s greatest classical music festival is back. From landing on Mars to the life of a beehive, Thomas Adès, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Jennifer Walshe and others tell us about the work they’ll debut there
Benjamin Britten’s letters to his life partner Peter Pears are intimate, honest and revealing – revealing of lives entwined at a time when their love was illegal. Could I, a 21st-century Northern Irish gay man, relate?
Over the coming week, the Guardian will select the greatest culture since 2000, carefully compiled by critics and editors. We begin with a countdown of defining classical music compositions, from X-rated opera to high-tech string quartets