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Classical music brings joy to people around the world – here are some of the most beautiful, moving, inspiring musical moments, captured on camera
WILMINGTON, DELAWARE, 7 AUGUST 2016: Some of guitar virtuoso David Bromberg's 263 American-made violins. The US Library of Congress has said it hopes to raise $1.5m to acquire the collection. Picture: Jon Kalish
SYDNEY, 24 MARCH 2016: The hugely lavish production of Puccini's opera will be shown in UK cinemas this autumn. The Handa Opera production is set on a water-stage on Sydney Harbour. The production comes to UK cinemas on 15th September 2016.
Lang Lang introduced children to the piano at a special event at the Royal Albert Hall, organised by the venue's Education & Outreach programme and the Lang Lang International Music Foundation. He will be returning to perform at the RAH on 13th and 15th March 2017
LONDON, 1 MARCH 2016: Violinists Coco Tomita and Louisa Staples perform at London St Pancras International station to promote April's Menuhin Competition.
SANTA CLARA, 7 FEBRUARY 2016: The Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (YOLA) and Chris Martin of Coldplay perform onstage during the Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Photo: Christopher Polk/ Getty
Washington DC, 24 November 2015: President Barack Obama presents violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman with the Medal of Freedom in a ceremony at the White House. The medal is the United States' highest civilian honour.
Paris, 14 November 2015: Travelling pianist David Martello plays John Lennon's Imagine on his portable grand piano by the Bataclan, Paris after Friday's attacks.
London, 12 November 2015: Carlos Acosta with his daughter Alla Acosta on stage after the dancer's farewell performance at Covent Garden. He is retiring from the classical ballet after 17 years with The Royal Ballet. Photo: Ian Gavan
Carlos Acosta takes his final curtain call after his farewell performance for The Royal Ballet. Photo: Ian Gavan.
Royal Ballet Principal Carlos Acosta acknowledges the audience's applause after his farewell performance. Photo: Ian Gavan
London, 2 November 2015: The Amati Exhibition, opening today, is a two-day showcase at the Langham Hotel, London, of exceptional instruments. The exhibition includes an Amati cello which has 5 strings.
London, 26 October 2015: Daniel Craig on the red carpet for the premiere of Spectre. Explore our gallery for all the images from the red carpet. Picture: Getty
Daniel Parker worked in the shadows of St Paul’s Cathedral as it was being completed, making instruments in the early decades of the 1700s. He's become known as the 'English Stradivarius'. The violin is being auctioned
20 October 2015: Bryn Terfel performs to a packed crowd at the Royal Albert Hall for his 50th birthday.
20th October 2015. Most people would be happy with a card – but the great Bryn Terfel isn't most people. For his 50th birthday, he was presented with a cake in the shape of the Royal Albert Hall.
London, 20 October 2015: Royal Mail has marked the forthcoming release of Star Wars: the Force Awakens with a set of 12 stamps featuring major characters from the fantasy franchise, including Darth Vader, Han Solo and Princess Leia.
Berlin, October 18 2015: Chinese pianist Lang Lang poses with his trophies after being awarded the Echo Klassik music prize in the category 'instrumentalist of the year (piano)' and a special prize for his outstanding commitment to the promotion of new musical talent with the Lang Lang International Music Foundation. Photo: CLEMENS BILAN/AFP/Getty Images
Tokyo, October 17 2015: A model wears an outfit designed by Japanese rock star and kimono designer Yoshiki (left, playing the piano) at the YOSHIKIMONO show during the finale of Tokyo Fashion Week. Photo: TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)
16 October 2015: The composer sent the letter to his friend Nikolaus Joseph von Jaquin to ask for some of his belongings back: “I ask you to send me by the bearer of this, the Quartet in G minor, the Sonata in Eb and the New Trio in G.”
September 19, Edirne: Alameddin, a 13-year-old Syrian boy, plays the violin in front of a police barricade near Edirne, on his way to the border between Turkey and Greece. Photo: Bulent Kilic / AFP / Getty
Beziers, September 17 2015: French engineer and violinist Laurent Bernadac shows off a violin he has designed and built on a 3D printer. Photo: SYLVAIN THOMAS/AFP/Getty Images.