The new culture secretary, Sajid Javid, and his shadow counterpart, Harriet Harman, have both made powerful speeches addressing young people and approaches to class difference in the arts, speaking within three weeks of the Arts Council announcing its spending plans for 2015-18.
A rare 1731 Stradivarius violin found at Manhattan home of Huguette Clark, late heiress to $500m copper fortune, is expected to fetch $10m at auction. Listen to violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen play Bach on the instrument.
John Williams’ Indiana Jones theme has been turned into an epic one-man heavy metal version thanks to a solo artist calling himself TheHumanTim.
Extravagantly suffering heroines often take centre stage in operas, but where would they be without the caddish men who oppress them? These are the male roles that make me wish I could change gender for a night.
American pianist will perform the five Beethoven piano concertos with David Robertson live online.
Heute wäre Richard Strauss, janusköpfigster aller Komponisten, 150 Jahre alt geworden. Mit ihm sind wir noch lange nicht fertig. Denn zwischen Avantgardisten und bürgerlichem Bewahrer klaffen Risse.
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