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      RSNO/Peter Oundjian review – a flat Firebird, but a sunny Rome

      Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
      The pianist Steven Osborne was the star of this evening, with his subtle, insightful and jazzy account of Ravel’s G major concerto Continue reading...

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      Friday Afternoons is a project inspired by Benjamin Britten that joins children from around the world together in a celebration of song. This Friday, 28 November, in association with Aldeburgh Music, the Guardian will stream the 2014 event live from Snape Maltings, Suffolk. Watch and enjoy a selection of folk songs reinterpreted in exciting ways by today's leading composers, including Rachel Portman, Nico Muhly, Jason Yarde, Sally Beamish and Talvin Singh Continue reading...

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      Cadogan Hall, London
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