MAKING WAVES

On harmonic simplicity, and the music of Ludovico Einaudi.

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FROM THE MOUTH OF THE GAMBIA

Discovering the art of the kora, the lute-harp of West Africa.

PILGRIM SONGS

Joseph Camilleri takes an in-depth look at the long and enriching relationship between music and pilgrimage through the ages.

IN SEARCH OF RUTH GIPPS

Simon Brackenborough on the legacy of a fearsomely determined child prodigy turned composer and conductor.

SOUNDS FROM THE NORTH

Owen Burton looks at the use of tonality in symphonies by three Nordic composers: Sibelius, Nielsen and Rautavaara.

PIOBAIREACHD: THE CLASSICAL MUSIC OF THE GREAT HIGHLAND BAGPIPE

Chris Bissell on Scotland's distinctive and complex classical bagpiping tradition.

CULTIVATING IGNORANCE

How well do you know classical music?

 RETHINKING SEXUAL AGENCY IN ‘MON CŒUR S’OUVRE À TA VOIX’

Emma Kavanagh on the female empowerment in Saint-Saëns’s 1877 opera Samson et Dalila.

THE ART OF REJECTION

Kate Romano on how receiving a 'no' can be both an obstruction and a force for creativity.


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