Gerald Barry＊s new opera based on Alice in Wonderland is as breathless and surreal as Carroll＊s novel. The conductor explains how Ode to Joy, a Russian Jabberwocky and wind machines all make perfect nonsense.
For six days in June 2005, Radio 3 gave over their entire schedule to Beethoven to broadcast every piece he ever wrote. But can anyone stomach that much of one man＊s music? Stephen Moss took up the challenge
The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra has just returned from touring an all-British programme in Germany - possibly its last tour as a member of the EU. From new repertoire to cold beer, its chief executive offers his 10 post-Brexit touring tips
Over the coming week, the Guardian will select the greatest culture since 2000, carefully compiled by critics and editors. We begin with a countdown of defining classical music compositions, from X-rated opera to high-tech string quartets