Stradivarius varnish myth debunked

New study reveals master violinmaker’s ‘simple’ varnish recipe

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

Broadcast Highlights

The pick of the week's classical music programmes for 7-13 December

Celebrating Saint Cecilia

Listen to a clip from the Musiciens du Louvre's latest CD

iPhone ensemble premiere

The Michigan Mobile Phone Ensemble performs its first concert

Winners of the 2009 British Composer Awards announced

Ceremony to be broadcast on Radio 3

Nine Lessons and Carols

Hear a clip from the Choir of King's College, Cambridge here

Vassily Primakov

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

Broadcast Highlights

The pick of the week's classical music programmes for 27 November-6 December

Ingrid Fliter dazzles with Chopin

Hear a clip from her disc of the complete waltzes here