Dylan Howe

Dylan Howe’s Subterranean, Kings Place, London

Bowie’s gloomy Berlin albums given a modal jazz twist

Kylie, O2 Arena, London

So-so new songs were saved by hits from her heyday

Fire! Orchestra

Fire! Orchestra, The Laundry, London

The setting recalled a 1970s polytechnic but the playing was spirited

BBC Singers
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BBC Singers, Barbican, London

The choir handled a last-minute cancellation with typical aplomb

Kyle Ketelsen and Mariusz Kwiecień, left, in 'Don Giovanni' at the Lyric Opera of Chicago
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Don Giovanni, Lyric Opera of Chicago

Robert Falls’s production is fast-paced and raunchy

Sahara Soul, Barbican Hall, London

A night of desert music, as part of the Transcender Festival

Sir John Tavener, photographed at home in Dorset, April 2011
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Flood of Beauty, Barbican, London

Tavener’s last major concert work, heard for the first time

Mary J. Blige on stage at the Roundhouse, London
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Mary J. Blige, iTunes Festival, Roundhouse, London

The hip-hop-soul diva mixed 1990s R&B with new collaborations

Esa-Pekka Salonen
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Philharmonia Orchestra/Salonen, Royal Festival Hall, London

The ensemble opened the new season with a blast of Berlioz

David Sanborn Trio, Ronnie Scott’s, London

Sanborn zips through a set of steamy ballads, urgent shuffles and life-affirming blues

Macbeth, Metropolitan Opera, New York

Anna Netrebko is a riveting presence in Verdi’s opera

Christopher Hogwood, conductor, 1941-2014

Champion of early music captured the public imagination, making period instruments fashionable

New York Philharmonic/Gilbert, Avery Fisher Hall, New York

Unsuk Chin’s quirky clarinet gave way to titanic Mahler in the season’s first subscription concert

Le nozze di Figaro, Metropolitan Opera, New York

The Met’s season opener is energetic but lacks a point of view

International Shostakovich Days, Gohrisch, Germany

Spoken drama augmented (and sometimes undermined) the music

Guillaume Tell, Millennium Centre, Cardiff

A bold and gritty start to the Welsh National Opera season

Azealia Banks, Brixton Academy, London

The rapper has a star quality that defies her stuttering career

LSO/Gergiev, Barbican, London

Gergiev delivered a typically high-octane Russian evening

Colin Currie/Youth Orchestra of Bahia, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

A thrilling start for the Metal, Wood, Skin percussion festival

Iggy Azalea, Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

After a sluggish start, the Australian rapper came good