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The Full Works Concert - Wednesday 20 August, 8pm
It's Maxim Vengerov's 40th birthday today. Jane Jones celebrates the music of this superb violinist with some exclusive recordings.
Happy 40th Birthday, Maxim Vengerov
Listen again to David Mellor's tribute to the great violinist.
Is Maxim Vengerov the greatest living violinist?
"He's the complete package," says Jane Jones, "a consummate violin player with brilliant technique, energy and showmanship."
Land of Hope and Glory: an English anthem written by our most German composer
Often thought of as the most jingoistic of English composers, Elgar - argues David Mellor - is also the most German
The music of Bond villains: the best classical cameos
Ever noticed how Bond villains actually love classical music, while James Bond himself just uses it to mercilessly wreck their mad dreams?
Simon Pegg on his favourite movie soundtrack, The Empire Strikes Back
Actor calls film music an 'incredible thing' and reveals 'The Empire Strikes Back' is his favourite soundtrack.
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Summer Guitar is the new album from no.1 classical guitarist Craig Ogden. Essential for your summer.
An exciting new book covering the world of classical music using nearly 100 clever illustrations
Lose yourself in the endlessly fascinating world of classical music with this beautiful hardback book. Order before 28th August for £10 off
If you enjoy listening to The Full Works Concerts on Classic FM, you'll love our CD range. Get 2 CD's for just £10 from HMV now!
Discover Mount Snowdon in the gorgeous Snowdonia National Park, as we've a Mountain Railway break to be won.
Soak up the sea views at Sands Hotel, Margate as we've a two night stay to be won complete with great dining at Bay Restaurant and Bar!
Here's your chance to win a pair of tickets to the video game music event of the year
Here's your chance to win tickets to an exclusive afternoon tea hosted by our very own Margherita Taylor, with music from Laura Wright.
RHS Gardens offer wonderful days out and gardening inspiration.
Here's your chance to support our Armed Forces along side the SSAFA.
See The Gershwins' classic and influential tale of romance set in America's deep south
Come to Proms in Piercefield Park in partnership with Classic FM to enjoy a night of music from the Welsh National Opera Orchestra on the August bank holiday weekend.
Soloists Bryn Terfel, Ekaterina Scherbachenko and Stefan Rügamer join the RCS and London Philharmonic Orchestra to mark Remembrance Sunday and raise money for Veterans Aid.
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