Darren Hayman photographed in Little Sodbury, Gloucestershire
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Interview: musician Darren Hayman

Singer-songwriter’s latest concept album project celebrates the ‘thankful villages’ whose men survived the carnage of war

Struan Leslie
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Interview: choreographer Struan Leslie

The movement director on his work for this year’s Aldeburgh Festival

Singer-songwriter Justin Vernon of Bon Iver
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The Life of a Song: ‘Skinny Love’

Written in 2006 by a lonely guy who had retreated from the world, the single has made its way into reality-show auditions

Radiohead's Thom York at the Roundhouse. Photo: Matthew Baker/Getty
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Radiohead, Roundhouse, London — ‘Spellbinding’

A wide-ranging show provided proof of the band’s artistic stamina

Richard Goode at the Royal Festival Hall. Photo: Amy T. Zielinski/Redferns
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Richard Goode, Royal Festival Hall, London — review

The pianist rose to the challenge of Schubert’s last three sonatas

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Bruce Springsteen performs at the Etihad Stadium on May 25, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Jon Super/Redferns)

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Manchester — ‘Rock ‘n’ roll evangelism’

Energetic show was hamstrung by Springsteen’s choice of material, writes Ludovic Hunter-Tilney

Gweneth-Ann Rand, centre, in '4.48 Psychosis'. Photo: Stephen Cummiskey
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4.48 Psychosis, Lyric Hammersmith, London — ‘Unhinged and chilling’

Sarah Kane’s bleak vision is well served by Philip Venables’ opera

Branford Marsalis performs at the Union Chapel. Photo: Roger Thomas
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Branford Marsalis, Union Chapel, London — ‘Intense and demanding’

The saxophonist demonstrated his command of classicism and jazz

Johan Reuter in 'Oedipe'. Photo: Clive Barda
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Oedipe, Royal Opera, London — ‘Mounting intensity’

Boasting a fine cast, Enescu’s opera leaves a powerful impression

José Serebrier conducts the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, with Michael Collins on clarinet
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Beijing Modern Music Festival — review

José Serebrier led the Beijing Symphony Orchestra in the opening concert

Glyndebourne opening: two crackling comedies

The summer festival began with lively comic operas

Met Opera Orchestra/ Levine, Carnegie Hall, New York — review

James Levine and the ensemble rose to the challenge of three Russian pieces

The Life of a Song: ‘So What’

Simple, melodic and catchy, the song has sold millions of copies as the opening track of the landmark album Kind Of Blue

Brexit guide strikes wrong chord with band

Electoral Commission says it used neon imagery before The 1975

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Nationaltheater, Munich — ‘Musically striking’

David Bösch’s production is forgettable, the music memorable

Jamie Woon, Kentish Town Forum, London — ‘Marching to his own beat’

Woon’s airy singing was set to a sophisticated urban soundtrack

Richard Ashcroft, Roundhouse, London — review

The show only came to life when Ashcroft revisited old Verve songs

Stravinsky: Myths and Rituals, London — review

Dancers embellished the Philharmonia’s programme of ballet-scores

Arve Henriksen, Barbican St Luke’s, London — ‘Captivating’

The trumpeter presented a constantly evolving soundscape

Handel’s ‘Messiah’, London — ‘Perfectly poised’

An unfamiliar — yet compelling — version of a familiar work

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