Felicity Palmer as Clytemnestra in 'Elektra' at the BBC Proms
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Salome and Elektra, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London

A hair-raising double bill celebrating Strauss’s 150th anniversary

Yannis Kokkos's production of 'Les Troyens' for the Mariinsky Opera. Photo: N. Razina

Les Troyens, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

The orchestral playing under Valery Gergiev is magnificent

Wu Wei plays the sheng in Unsuk Chin's 'Su' with Myung-Whun Chung and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra
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BBC Proms: Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Albert Hall, London

Eastern and western music met – and mingled

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Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo, London

Bush’s show ranged from the conventional to the boldly theatrical

Barbara Hannigan in 'Le Silence des Sirènes’
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Lucerne Festival, KKL Concert Hall, Lucerne, Switzerland

World premiere of a dazzling gem; Abbado’s death leaves a huge gap

Iván Fischer conducts the Budapest Festival Orchestra at the BBC Proms
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BBC Proms: Ulster Orchestra; Budapest Festival Orchestra, Royal Albert Hall, London

Two orchestras played dance-themed music, with contrasting results

Chris Corsano Summer Residency, Café Oto, London

The drummer gave a masterclass in spontaneous composition

Alisa Weilerstein, Jiří Bělohlávek and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra perform at the BBC Proms
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BBC Proms: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Albert Hall, London

Janáček, Dvořák and Beethoven were dispatched with a light touch

Alison Goldfrapp on stage at the Old Royal Naval College
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Goldfrapp, Old Royal Naval College, London

The evening’s autumnal chill was swept away – eventually

Andrew Davis conducts the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
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Melbourne Symphony Orchestra/Davis, Edinburgh Festival

Blazing Strauss, rapt Schumann and earth-moving Grainger

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London

Like the orchestra itself, the programme joined hands across national borders by featuring an Israeli and a Syrian composer

John Cale: rock and drones

How a contentious weapon of war is subverted in the Velvet Underground veteran’s new London show

Marius Neset & The Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, Ronnie Scott’s, London

Jaw-dropping fluency from the Norwegian saxophonist

Metropolitan Opera strikes pay deal

Agreements avert lockout of singers and musicians

BBC Proms: ‘Meld’ and LSO/Haitink, Royal Albert Hall, London

A bizarre late Prom was preceded by one of freshness and light

I, Culture Orchestra, Usher Hall, Edinburgh

The youth ensemble played war-themed Panufnik and Shostakovich

War Requiem/Missa ‘L’homme armé’, Edinburgh International Festival

Beautifully performed Britten easily eclipsed Dufay and Heider

Slint, Electric Brixton, London – review

Slint return to the UK for re-release of seminal album

The Proms and the first world war

The 1914 line-up features lots of British composers, no new German music and women in the orchestra

Facing Goya, Victoria Theatre, Singapore

Michael Nyman’s opera finds an ideal setting