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This year sees the centenary of the start of the First World War, Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, and the 70th anniversary of D-Day. But there are also significant anniversaries of a host of great composers, musicians and actors. Here are 30 dates in chronological order to put in your diary.
The Austrian conductor and champion of ‘historically informed performance’, Nikolaus Harnoncourt turns 85 on 6 December. Starting out as a cellist, he became a pioneer of the Early Music movement and has performed all over the world.
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