Who is a "marvel of construction"? Hannah Nepil finds out after conversation with Danny Driver

When I last saw Danny Driver, I was seventeen, and he was teaching me composition at London’s Junior Academy of Music. Now he’s a world famous pianist. “I was always slightly mystified as to why I was teaching composition, given that I was never really a composer”, he laughs, when we speak again after a gap of fifteen years. “I guess it was because I’ve always had a fascination with musical structure”.

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Last Night of the Proms with Sarah Redgwick

This summer we are delighted to be performing our classical extravaganza, Last Night of the Proms, at the High Wycombe Swan on Sunday 4th June, The Baths Hall Scunthorpe on Wednesday 21st June and the Lowestoft Marina Theatre on Friday 23rd June alongside soprano Sarah Redgwick. Never been to a Last Night of the Proms concert before? Sarah tells us a bit more about what audiences can expect.

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West End Star Abbie Osmon sings Abba

Journalist John Evans caught up with Abbie Osmon ahead of ABBAphonic, a celebration of the Swedish pop group's timeless classics at the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday 10 May.

Money, Money, Money, Waterloo and, of course, Dancing Queen – I’ll bet you’re humming them already, visions of Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Anni-Frid swirling in your mind’s eye. Whisper it, but it’s been 43 years since Abba won the Eurovision Song Contest (pub question: what was the song?) but while the group may have disbanded in 1982 (there’s talk of an exciting project later this year) their music lives on in the hearts and minds of millions.

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Eric Whitacre: inspirations and striving for authenticity

Eric Whitacre

Ahead of our feast of orchestral and choral works with composer Eric Whitacre on Wednesday 31 May at the Royal Albert Hall, journalist Hannah Nepil uncovers the Grammy Award-winner's musical style and preparations for his new work.

Skyping from his Los Angeles home at some ungodly hour in the morning, Eric Whitacre immediately turns his smooth charm on full beam. “Why don’t you start by telling me about you?” he says, flashing his Colgate smile. It takes a while to bring the composer-conductor round to the more pressing topic: his upcoming gala performance, conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

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