March 2011

The brilliant violinist Alina Ibragimova heads our guide to the young artists you simply have to hear


Alina Ibragimova
As we focus on music's most exciting young performers, Fiona Maddocks meets the brilliant Russian violinist


James Naughtie
The Today presenter joins BBC Music as our new in-house interviewer. First in his monthly hotseat is the British soprano Kate Royal

Time at the bar
Ivan Hewett explores the history of barlines and wonders if they're unnecessarily restrictive


Harrison Birtwistle
Bayan Northcott explores the complex world of Britain's most controversial composer