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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

The good, the bad and the ugly

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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

Six of the best… Christmas discs

From Bach's Christmas Oratorio to Adams's El niño, Helen Wallace selects the best recordings of festive classical works to listen to this yuletide

Marshall Allen

Saxophonist Marshall Allen, now 85, has played in Sun Ra’s Arkestra since the late 1950s. Now at the helm, he tells Neil McKim about the Arkestra’s latest live album

Peter Maxwell Davies

The British composer has been celebrating his 75th birthday with a production of his ambitious opera, Taverner. It's a work that had a far from auspicious start, as he explains

Vassily Primakov

Dvorák's only Piano Concerto may be fiendish to play, but it's worth the effort, says pianist Vassily Primakov

Yevgeny Sudbin

Medtner is more than a second-rate Rachmaninov, says the Russian pianist as he releases his CD of Rachmaninov’s Fourth Concerto, and Medtner’s Second Concerto

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