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How a mobile phone can ruin a Piano concerto

The concerto audience is subjected to an awkward moment when pianist Christian Zacharias stops playing in the middle of Haydn's Piano Concerto after he hears a mobile phone ring.

The Telegraph

How did ancient Greek music sound?

The music of ancient Greece, unheard for thousands of years, is being brought back to life by Armand D'Angour, a musician and tutor in classics at Oxford University.


Here are the Most Expensive Violins of All Time

Before it was auctioned off on Saturday for $1.6 million, the violin that was said to have belonged to the bandleader on the Titanic was listed at about $300,000.


Need some pain relief? Try a dose of Robbie Williams or Elton John

Music can soothe away your pain, says a new survey, with Simon and Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Waters narrowly beating Robbie and Elton to the top of the pain-relieving pops.

The Guardian

Why young punks grow to like classical and jazz in older age

Our music tastes change as we get older to match the shifting social circumstances of our lives, according to a new study.

The Telegraph

How Do You Get Your Parents Into New Music?

"How do you introduce new music to a parent (mid-50s) who is stuck in late-'70s rock mode?"


Driving? Avoid this music...

Studies show that certain genres of music might best be avoided by certain people in the car.


Music industry must take responsibility for coercing women into sexual imagery

Charlotte Church has criticised the music industry as she said young women were being coerced into using sexual imagery to sell their records.

The Telegraph

NACO concert in Chinese city creates quite a buzz, but some of it was from cellphones in the audience

Sometimes the road of cultural diplomacy leads you to a city like Fuling.

Ottawa Citizen

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