Jay Hunter Morris in 'A Christmas Carol'
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A Christmas Carol, Houston Grand Opera, Wortham Theater Center, Houston, Texas — review

An astounding performance of Iain Bell’s brilliant new Dickens opera

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet
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Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Wigmore Hall, London — review

The French pianist’s recital reflected his many strengths

Sophie Bevan
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Sophie Bevan, Wigmore Hall, London — review

The soprano delivered an imaginative recital of wartime songs

San Francisco Symphony percussionists perform Steve Reich’s 'Music for Pieces of Wood'
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San Francisco Symphony: SoundBox, Zellerbach Rehearsal Hall, San Francisco — review

Michael Tilson Thomas presided over a relaxed musical experience

Run the Jewels, Koko, London — review

The spirit of old-school rap was pervasive

'The Way Back Home' at the Young Vic
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The Way Back Home, Young Vic, London

ENO’s first opera for children is both beautiful and baffling

Percussionist Colin Currie
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Metal Wood Skin, Royal Festival Hall, London

Colin Currie’s percussion festival ends with a new MacMillan work

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Siglo de Oro, Spitalfields Winter Festival, St Leonard’s Church, London

The young vocal ensemble, under the assured direction of Patrick Allies, tells of the nativity story with vivacity and poise

England's Orpheus, Shoreditch Church, Friday 5 December 2014.
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Iestyn Davies and Elizabeth Kenny, Shoreditch Church, London — review

A candlelit Christmas concert in which the music shone through

Avishai Cohen - Triveni, The Vortex, London 10th Dec 2014, Avishai Cohen - trumpet, Nasheet Waits - drums, Yoni Zelnik - bass
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Avishai Cohen’s Triveni, Vortex Jazz Club, London

The trumpeter holds diverse influences together with iron logic

Stromae, Hammersmith Apollo, London

The Belgian singer unites chansonnier vocals with techno tunes

tears become ...streams become…, Park Avenue Armory, New York

An intriguing new work sustained fascination for 20 minutes — but lasted an hour more

Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Cultural Centre, Hong Kong — review

Richard Tsang’s new work on the theme of communication premiered — but its text was largely inaudible

Jan Garbarek and the Hilliard Ensemble, King’s College Chapel, Cambridge — review

Wheel comes full circle at last-ever joint concert

Bobby Avey, Pizza Express Jazz Club, London — review

The pianist and composer launched his new Haitian-inspired CD

Sacred music experiences a revival

New works are in demand, despite religion’s decline in the west

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall, London — review

An evening of mysticism, lush melodies and glittering textures

Don Giovanni, Théâtre de la Monnaie, Brussels – review

Mozart’s opera succumbs to an orgy of sex-obsessed cynicism

Kyung Wha Chung, Royal Festival Hall, London – review

The violinist made her first UK performance in more than a decade

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Metropolitan Opera, New York – review

A dutiful production is enlivened by James Levine’s conducting

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