Artist Interviews

Wadada Leo Smith

The free jazz trumpeter discusses his new album, Spiritual Dimensions, featuring two discs from different ensembles

Peter Jablonski

The Swedish pianist, and soloist on our March cover CD, tells us why Gershwin's Second Rhapsody for piano and orchestra is as good as Rhapsody in Blue

Sue Perkins

Comedian Sue Perkins, who in 2008 won the BBC’s Maestro! conducting competition, has spent the winter months trying to resurrect the fortunes of a brass band

Martino Tirimo

Performing all of Chopin's works is no small undertaking, says the distinguished Cypriot pianist Martino Tirimo, as he embarks on a celebratory series at Kings Place, London

Hugh Masekela

We talk to the legendary South African trumpeter
Hugh Masekela and find out how music saved him
from getting into trouble at school

Susan Tomes

Why are pianists in duos all too often described as accompanists when they play the lion's share of the notes? Pianist Susan Tomes redresses the balance

James MacMillan

The Scottish composer discusses his opera The Sacrifice, set 70 years in the future when oil has become scarce and society is divided into feudal factions

Daniel Hope

The British violinist explains why the colourful lives of the Baroque violin virtuosos have fascinated him for the past decade

Matthew Halsall

Trumpeter Matthew Halsall has created a stir with his latest disc Colour Yes. With his own record label and club residency, we find out why he is making a mark in the jazz world

John Rutter

With more than two dozen carols to his name, the British conductor-composer still has a soft spot for Christmas and its musical traditions

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