Larry Bartley
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Larry Bartley, Cockpit Theatre, London

Bass player Bartley stepped into the spotlight with his new band

Picture of Dorian Gray at Aspen Music Festival
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The Picture of Dorian Gray, Wheeler Opera House, Aspen, Colorado

Finding music to match Wilde’s wit proves a challenge

Womad, Charlton Park, UK

This year’s festival boasted an exceptionally strong line-up

Proms with Roger Norrington
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BBC Proms: St John Passion, Royal Albert Hall, London

Roger Norrington’s reading was urgent, not to say rushed

Adriana Lecouvreur, Opera Holland Park, London – review

A lively production of Cilea’s slice of romantic hokum from 1902

Lebanese singer Assi El Helani performing the musical play ‘From the Days of Saladin’ at the Baalbeck festival in 2011
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Baalbeck festival, Lebanon

The region’s oldest arts festival returns to its Roman site – in a Hizbollah stronghold near the Syrian border

Chrissie Hynde performing at the Royal Albert Hall

John Tavener & Pet Shop Boys, Albert Hall, London

The sense of anticipation was strong but this much-hyped event came as a shock to the system

Tales From The Vienna Woods
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Geschichten aus dem Wiener Wald, Bregenzer Festspiele, Austria – review

Violinist Daniel Rowland at the Kuhmo Festival
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Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Finland

A remote lakeside town hosts a remarkable event

Maria Ylipää in ‘Kullervo’
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Kullervo, Savonlinna Opera Festival, Finland

A Finnish classic, superbly sung and beautifully played

World Orchestra for Peace, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London

Mahler’s Sixth Symphony was attacked with unremitting brutality

Jerry Dammers’ Spatial A.K.A. Orchestra (and Reggae Ensemble), Barbican, London

An epic tribute to bandleader Sun Ra and Jamaican roots music

Larmer Tree 2014, Larmer Tree Gardens, Dorset/Wiltshire, UK

The big attraction was the resurrection of Staff Benda Bilili

Lucrezia Borgia/ Rigoletto, Caramoor Festival, Katona, New York

An intriguing pairing of bel canto operas

Latitude Festival, Suffolk, UK

Friday was dancing day, Saturday belonged to Hall & Oates

BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London

Oppressive heat, cool control and Chinese crowd-pleasing

‘Orfeo ed Euridice’, Buxton Opera House – review

Stephen Medcalf’s staging underlines the simplicity of Gluck’s musico-dramatic schema

Folk music’s future directions

Two bands appearing at this year’s Womad festival are shaping a distinctive musical future

Upcoming concerts and festivals

Staff Benda Bilili, Foxes, Burt Bacharach, Tyler the Creator, The Proms, Adriana Lecouvreur, Tête à Tête and 35th Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival

Chance the Rapper, Forum, London – review

The singer moved like a spitter of the old school transported to a strange new psychedelic dimension