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'Of course, technique is important: establishing the beat, cueing the entries and finding the right gesture for the sound required. But more important still is to have a good idea about the score' (Photo: PA)

A female conductor seizes the baton

Watching a conducting competition is a surreal experience

Sir Andrzej Panufnik

The Polish composer who was born twice

The life of composer Sir Andrzej Panufnik played out like a Cold War thriller

The Gospel of the Other Mary at ENO (Pic: ENO)

Peter Sellars’ opera reads the Passion story in contemporary terms

‘I had no religious upbringing at all’

Everyone assumes Roxanna Panufnik is a cradle Catholic, says Michael White. But her path to faith was far from straightforward