As 2016 gets slowly under way, we take one final look back at the year just gone. Here are just some of the more important stories to have caught the attention of BBC Music Magazine readers over the past 12 months…
Also in March, the LSO revealed that Simon Rattle would return to the UK after 13 years in Germany to take over as their principle conductor. Rattle's appointment caused a stir due to his demand for a new concert venue in London that could compare with acoustics found outside the capital. A new 'London Centre for Music' has since been promised, and a feasibility study in December focused on the site of the old Museum of London as first choice for the new building.
In April we revealed the best recordings of the year, as voted for by you, the public. A star-studded ceremony, winners included pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, conductor Sir Andrew Davis, pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, and harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani. To read the full list of winners, click here.
In May, the Metropolitian Opera in New York announced that they would no longer be using 'blackface' make up in productions of Othello. While the move was welcomed as a step forward by many, it also provoked a debate about the neglect of black opera singers in casting.
With another outstanding season from the BBC Proms reaching its traditional conclusion at a packed Royal Albert Hall, in September we took a look at some of the less glorious moments from its 120-year history.
Also in September, the choirmaster and composer David Wilcocks diedaged 95. He was renowned for his contribution to British choral music, and especially for his time as director of King's College, Cambridge, where he transformed Carols at Kings into a Christmas institution.
In November, a report from UK Music revealed that the Music industry made £4.1billion for the UK economy in 2014. This euphoric news was quickly followed by chancellor George Osborne calling cuts to the arts 'a false economy.' Hurrah