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

Northern Opera House dream moves closer to reality

Culture secretary pledges his support

Refreshing Beethoven from Paavo Järvi

Listen to a clip from the German Chamber Philharmonic's latest disc here

Choral glories

Jeremy Pound asks you to check out your local cathedral choir… even after the Christmas decorations have been taken down

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