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The LSO, Desplat and Harry Potter!

By LSO

As Harry Potter mania grips the nation for one final time, Gareth Davies from London Symphony Orchestra sends us an entry about recording the soundtrack to the wand-waving wizard’s swan song.

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Minnesota Orchestra

Why Sibelius 5 is the greatest!

By Minnesota Orchestra

As our Great Orchestras Of The World season comes to a close, Sam Bergman from Minnesota Orchestra sends us his case for the great Finnish composer.

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If only our china was this good...

A storm, and our tea cups.

By Sam Jackson

We don’t just choose the world’s best classical music carefully, oh no. Here at Classic FM, you make a bad cup of tea at your peril!

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"When will Sainsburys call again?"

Craig Ogden on 6 Strings, Odd Gigs and Summertime

By Craig Ogden

From Sainsburys to the Chelsea Flower Show, I’ve played some unusual gigs in my time…

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Andre Rieu

Dancing in the aisles to André Rieu

By John Evans

There was dancing in the aisles last week when multi-million-selling waltz king André Rieu brought his orchestra to the O2 in London. It was the Dutch violinist’s second stop on his UK tour, rescheduled following the nerve problems he suffered late last year. The 20,000-strong audience was treated to Rieu’s trademark mix of Viennese waltzes…

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THE hands!

A big hand….for Rachmaninov: in honour of the Piano Concerto No.2.

By Tim Lihoreau

The previously sunny skies are now somewhat overcast for Vaughan Williams’ much-loved skylark. The most p.c. of PCs now begins its reign as the nation’s favourite piece of classical music. Rachmaninov’s genius surely lay in combining three things; his epic piano technique, his resolute and steadfast sense of the romantic and his innate gift for…

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The Lark - Ascending?

The Classic FM Hall of Fame 2011

By Sam Jackson

 “Going anywhere nice over Easter?  Taking those three days off afterwards to get a brilliant, long holiday?”  Those are the questions that most of my friends, family and, dare I say it, even a few Classic FM colleagues, have been asking over the last few weeks.  But whilst half the country seems to be heading…

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Hall Of Fame Book

The final countdown to our countdown

By Darren Henley

We first launched the Classic FM Hall of Fame in 1996. We had no idea back then that we were giving birth to a phenomenon. It has become so much more than just an annual chart – spawning a daily radio programme, a whole series of bestselling CDs and even a newly published fully illustrated…

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Santa Barbara!

Jamie Crick’s postcards from America

By Jamie Crick

Having just returned from an amazing 10 day trip to California I thought I’d share some of the pictures with you.

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Classic FM Hall of Fame Book!

Max Book.

By Tim Lihoreau

It was the year we first went to infinity and beyond with the unstoppable Buzz Lightyear. The year they first predicted that ‘football’s coming home’. (Perhaps football has no map?) It was the year of Tomb Raider, of Cool Britannia and Egg in This Life. For many a keen classical fan, though, it was the…

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