This month, we announce the winners of the 2020 BBC Music Magazine Awards and meet all the winners, who tell us about the process behind making these stellar recordings. Jamie Barton – the BBC Music Magazine Personality of the Year – reflects on her magnificent year, from her landmark performance at the Last Night of the Proms to her first lead role at the Metropolitan Opera as Orfeo in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice.
Also this issue, our columnist Richard Morrison asks whether the music world will ever return to normal after the coronavirus lockdown, and Brian Wise explores how the music world has responded to the pandemic compared to the 1918 Spanish flu outbreak.
In this month’s BBC Music Magazine Interview, James Naughtie meets conductor François-Xavier Roth to discuss his approach to music-making and how he interprets familiar scores. Plus, Claire Jackson unravels the enduring relationship between musicians and fashion houses.
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Freya Parr is BBC Music Magazine's Digital Editor and Staff Writer. She has also written for titles including the Guardian, Circus Journal, Frankie and Suitcase Magazine, and runs The Noiseletter, a fortnightly arts and culture publication. Freya's main areas of interest and research lie in 20th-century and contemporary music.