Inside the brilliant but often misunderstood Jacqueline du Pré; plus pianists Willems, Hough and Hewitt and our Aussie Festivals Guide.

Cover Feature: Jacqueline du Pré – Inside the Triumph and Tragedy

The Trouble with Jackie takes an indepth look at the brilliant but complex genius whose shyness and vulnerability often left her misunderstood. Helen Wallace talks to three of the people who knew her best: film-maker Christopher Nupen, du Pré’s friend and biographer Elizabeth Wilson, and fellow cellist Moray Welsh. That she can still inspire a new generation of players is reason enough to revisit her legacy but Wallace gets to the bottom of her awkward relationship with her siblings and the effect on her personality of a meteoric rise to fame and the devasting medical diagnosis that came so soon afterwards.

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