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The best of Vaughan Williams

The best of Vaughan Williams

In today’s Breakfast Promelette, we present a playlist of Vaughan Williams’s finest music from Lark Ascending to the glorious Symphony No. 5

What happens in Stravinsky's The Firebird?

What happens in Stravinsky's The Firebird?

We explain the synopsis and story behind Stravinsky's legendary ballet The Firebird

A quote of the day from Beethoven

A quote of the day from Beethoven

Beethoven's masterful 'Emperor' concerto takes centre stage at tonight's Prom...

A guide to Bernd Alois Zimmermann

A guide to Bernd Alois Zimmermann

What do you need to know about the 20th-century German composer? Here are five key facts.

Five facts about the Royal Albert Hall organ

Five facts about the Royal Albert Hall organ

A brief guide to the magnificent Henry Willis pipe organ, which takes up occupancy in London's Royal Albert Hall

What is the World Orchestra for Peace?

What is the World Orchestra for Peace?

As Beethoven's  'Choral' Symphony No. 9 comes to the Proms, we introduce the unique orchestra who will be playing it

A guide to Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7

A guide to Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7

Conductor Vasily Petrenko explores the Leningrad Symphony, as heard at the BBC Proms this evening

40 Years of BBC Young Musician

40 Years of BBC Young Musician

Prom 3 showcases four decades of the BBC's celebrated televised competition

Ravel on music

Ravel on music

What did the great 20th-century French composer think about his art?

11 of the best Croatian musicians

11 of the best Croatian musicians

Ahead of the England-Croatia World Cup semi-final, here's our run-down of the musicians you need to know from the Balkan country

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