Myra Hess' blitz spirit

The concerts that helped win the Battle of Britain are the basis of Patricia Routledge and Piers Lane's hit show.

Aussies do it outdoors (classical music, that is...)

Voices in the Forest Director Chris Latham on the attraction of outdoor concerts.

Kremer and Argerich lead musical protest in Berlin

Leading musicians use concert platform to highlight human rights issues in Putin's Russia.

Mehta's Kashmir concert gets bogged down in politics

Maestro's hopes to promote peace are waylaid by shootings, lockouts and official complaints.

Calls to cancel Zubin Mehta's Kashmir concert

The Indian Maestro's announcement that he will conduct a concert in Kashmir has met with strong opposition.

Kremer, Argerich and Barenboim to perform anti-Putin concert

Violin virtuoso Gidon Kremer launches concert against Vladimir Putin and lashes out at the likes of Anna Netrebko and Valery Gergiev.

Live review: Kristin Chenoweth in Concert (Adelaide)

Kristin, you had me from ‘hello…’ The musicals diva proves she is everything a Broadway legend should be, and more.

Bold programming doesn't have to mean new music

The record industry savours discoveries from the past – perhaps orchestras should try a bit of the same writes Andrew Mellor.

Jason Barry-Smith embraces his inner nerd

Opera Queensland’s baritone talks Rossini, six packs, bullock trains and stage disasters.

How long is a piece of music?

Conductor Mark Wigglesworth wonders if the experience of live music should live longer than the music itself?

NY Phil to play on car parts (for free)

Free Medici TV live webcast planned for orchestra's sold-out Dresden concert on May 14.

LSO tribute concerts for Sir Colin Davis

The London Symphony Orchestra honours its former president and principal conductor on June 16 and 18.

Live review: Philippe Jaroussky, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

The French countertenor makes love not war in the battle of Baroque singers.

Simon says: "I admit to doping"

After years of hiding a dirty habit, I've decided to speak out: a pianist's confession.

The Top Twelve Trills in Classical Piano

Stunning videos of the most epic, thrilling trills in piano music from Beethoven to Debussy.

Yellow Lounge, where the vibrato is shaken, not stirred

Universal Music launches Sydney nightclub concert series with suave tenor Noah Stewart.

Hamer Hall Reborn

After a $135.8 million rebuild, Melbourne’s once-dodgy Hamer Hall may just be the country’s finest concert venue.

Classical music at the movies: 10 great moments in film

Classical music and opera have a special role to play in these scenes.

Live review: Cedric Tiberghien, Debussy Preludes

Melbourne Recital Centre, July 10
Lasting impressions of a great recital

How does the new Hamer Hall sound? ACO gives the first verdict

Do the musicians think the Melbourne Arts Centre's $128.5 million renovation was worth it?

My Desert Island Discs: James Rhodes

The reigning rock star of the classical piano rates Ben Folds as up there with Glenn Gould.

Takacs Quartet returns to Australia

Formed in 1975, the ensemble presents music that is "dark and depressing, glorious and wonderful".

Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee concert and pageant

A 1,000-boat flotilla travelling down the Thames to newly composed Water Music, plus Lang Lang, Renée Fleming and Alfie Boe in concert at Buckingham Palace.

RACHMANINOV: Symphony No 2 (MSO/Otaka)

A first-rate Second: Otaka and MSO are highly recommended.

Facing off with Richard Tognetti

Limelight's exclusive photo-shoot at home with Australia's renegade violinist.

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau: his 12 finest moments in song

The baritone's classic performances captured on video: Schubert, Schumann, Bach and more.

Simon Tedeschi pans the critics

Having endured the opinions of critics since the age of nine, this pianist has a few criticisms of his own.

Steve Reich rehearses with Sydney's finest

America's greatest living composer works with Aussie musos in the Sydney Opera House's Utzon Room.

Steve Reich at the Sydney Opera House

Steve Reich had a rock star reception and epic standing ovation at this tour-de-force celebration of his music.

The ACO heads underground to play outside the box

The Australian Chamber Orchestra went on a pub crawl to find the perfect venue for their next gig.

ELGAR: The Dream of Gerontius; Cello Concerto (Soloists; Sydney Symphony/Ashkenazy)

Backing a winner: Ashkenazy tackles a favourite of Australian listeners.

"We're not at band camp anymore": rising stars

The SSO Fellowship is a baptism of fire for young musicians that includes a trip to jail.

Live review: The Escher Quartet at Perth Festival

More Brahms with your Webern, sir?

Marko Letonja: the new Tasmanian

What are the Slovenian conductor's big plans for Australia’s smallest state orchestra?

A year at the opera: the Top 12 to see in 2012

My personal selection of the hottest tickets for opera-lovers around Australia.

Amiina out of the shadows: Iceland's sextet down under

Sigur Rós's former string section has come into its own, bringing bucketloads of instruments, quirky tunes and charm to the Sydney Festival.

DVORÁK: Symphony No 9; Carnival Overture (Melbourne Symphony/Otaka)

This “middle-of-the-road Romantic” reading of the New World has a distinctly Czech feel.

Cello duo pulls on Elton's heartstrings

How millions of YouTube hits and a phone call from Elton John rocketed two classically trained cellists to stardom.

Joan Sutherland in performance

Join the legendary soprano onstage and backstage in her most memorable roles.

ECHOES OF NIGHTINGALES: Encores (soprano: Christine Brewer; piano: Roger Vignoles)

Soprano Christine Brewer pays tribute to ladies of song including Kirsten Flagstad in this intimate recital.

Who will sing with David and Teddy at the Sydney Opera House?

Meet the winner and finalists from the Limelight singing competition!

Classical Music's Epic Fails: the most embarrassing moments in concert

It can happen to the greatest musicians, but the show must go on.

Your chance to sing with David Hobson and Teddy Tahu Rhodes

Share the Sydney Opera House stage with Australia's most popular leading men.

Domingo warming up for "night to remember" in Sydney

The iconic tenor is bound for Australia for the first time in 15 years.

Live review: Australian World Orchestra/Simone Young

Wagner Tannhauser: Prelude and Venusberg Music
Sculthorpe Earth Cry
Tchaikovsky Symphony No 6
Sydney Opera House, August 26

Sydney Opera House “biggest loser” in survey

Australia’s cultural icon has the worst acoustics of all the country’s major classical music venues.

On the road with Alexander Gavrylyuk

The Russian virtuoso talks Moonlight Sonata and Ashkenazy ahead of his return to Australia.

Limelight’s guide to the Virtual Concert Hall

How to stream classical music live and on demand from the world's greatest orchestras and opera companies.

On the road with Katie Noonan & Karin Schaupp

A new guitar and voice duo plays music from the British Isles - from Dowland and Purcell... to Radiohead.

On the road with Joseph Tawadros' Band of Brothers

Limelight chats to oud player and composer Joseph Tawadros about the sibling virtuosos in his Band of Brothers.
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