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Belarus Free Theatre – The Show Must Go On

The eastern European country, Belarus, is often described as the continent’s last dictatorship. Its president, Alexander Lukashenko, has held on to power since 1994, and while the security services exercise tight control over dissent, since 2005, Belarus Free Theatre has been a critical voice in the country, promoting the works of Belarussian playwrights whose plays are banned inside Belarus, and holding an annual playwriting competition. This year, for the first time, the award ceremony for the competition was held in London. Jason Caffrey reports for BBC World Service, with following discussion with journalist Peter Pomerantsev and Politics professor, Julia Buxton. Presented by Paul Henley.

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Latest Yellow Lounge Arrives at Waterloo

Alice Sara Ott at Yellow Lounge. Photo by Jonny Donovan

Yellow Lounge – the classical ‘pop-up club’ run by Universal Music – has held its latest event in London under a railway arch near Waterloo station.

The evening saw the burgeoning talent of pianist Alice Sara Ott and violinist Janine Jansen line up alongside DJ Francesco Tristano.

In a report for BBC World Service, Jason Caffrey looks at how one of the biggest players in recorded music is feeding the trend for taking classical music out of the concert hall – and trying to reach a new generation of listeners for its classical roster.

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Gabriela Montero debuts new composition

Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero has taken her new composition, Ex Patria, to the concert hall.

After making its world premiere in Nuremberg, the piece finishes a five-date tour with a finale concert at Cadogan Hall in London on October 26th.

Jason Caffrey spoke to Montero about Ex Patria at her final rehearsal with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields in London.

In an interview broadcast on the BBC World Service, Montero talks about how violence in her home country has touched her own family, and how as a pianist, writing music about it is a natural response.

Listen or download here on the Thump.

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