Pop singers can rise in a flash; the operatic route to the top is usually far slower. But Kathryn Rudge seems to have a magic short-cut.
Guy Garvey, Isaac Julien, Martha Wainwright and other artists give their top tips for unleashing your inner genius.
Research shows that concert violinists cannot tell from the sound alone whether they are playing a 300-year-old Stradivarius or an instrument made last week.
Classical music has a thin year in the New Year Honours list.
The Independent critics select the most exciting cultural highlights of 2012.
Michael White meditates on classical music’s scant representation amongst the New Year Honours.