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Guitar: Joan Armatrading began writing music at the age of 14 on a piano bought by her mother as decoration for her Birmingham home

Doing it with love: Joan Armatrading heads to Towersey Festival

Ukulele Orchestra head to Oxford for landmark show

Ukulele Orchestra head to Oxford for landmark show

No nostalgia trip: OMD’s Andy McCluskey, left, and Paul Humphreys

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark head back to Rewind for a trip to the 80s

End of the party: Bellowhead are bowing out with a two-part UK tour and a headline set at Towersey Festival next weekend

‘We are proud of making folk cool’ says Bellowhead's John Spiers

Mami Shikimori, a regular performer at the Oxford Proms, outside the Sheldonian Theatre

Performances full of passion and poetry at the Oxford Proms

Folk-rock frenzy: Cropredy festival

'Cream of the Crop'- Fairport Convention get stuck into Cropredy Festival

Decked: Jaguar Skills performs incognito in a mask to hide his identity

‘Howzat?’ Grime star and top DJ line up for village cricket club

Matthew Sharp who will be in The Devil’s Jukebox, a two-hour musical and visual extravaganza

Devilishly irresistible mash-up of flavours in The Devil's Jukebox

Wild life: Lady Rotherwick overlooking one of the lakes at Cornbury Park – this weekend home to Wilderness festival

Lady Rotherwick gets ready to rock the manor at Wilderness Festival

Emotional: Rhodes is not afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve, with beautiful songs of love and longing

Rhodes returns to the great outdoors of Wilderness + win Wilderness festival tickets!

Acting up: Roz Gladstone, on cello, Mark Hooper and actress Emma Boor with puppet at a recent Family Prom at the JDP

Cushioning blow for our young maestros

Midnight madness: As well as a haven for of arts and creativity, Wilderness is also a favourite for hedonists

Festival frolics in the woods at Wilderness

Participants in Oxford Philomusica’s annual Piano Festival and Summer Academy

Pianists to dazzle as top festival returns

Superstar DJs: Basement Jaxx are among the biggest dance acts

Basement Jaxx get on the Truck Fest bandwagon

Bampton Classical Opera is staging a neglected masterpiece from the 18th century by Antonio Salieri on Friday and Saturday

Opera debuting for the first time in the UK

It's not unusual: Tom Jones headlines on Saturday

The stars come out for this year's Cornbury Festival

The Pavlova Quintet are Chris Britton, Simon Payne, Barbara Stuart, Jenny Morgan and Carolyn King

Pavlova Quintet weave in fun to quality repertoire

Academic fun: Revellers dress up for last year’s carnival

City gets set to start the party at Cowley Road Carnival

Instruments of Time and Truth in concert

Frustration spurred on new Oxford orchestra

Heatwave: Martha Reeves is among Motown’s biggest stars

Motown's Martha Reeves is dancing in the street for Cornbury Music Festival

Waddesdon Manor: Intimate venue ideal for summer concerts

Waddesdon Manor: Intimate venue ideal for summer concerts

Soulful: Porter combines smooth jazz and self-penned compositions with soul and blues elements

Award-winning jazz artist Gregory Porter heads for Oxfordshire

The girls of Frideswide Voices in song at Worcester

Girls’ choir re-shapes a chorister tradition

Dynamo: Van Morrison teamed up with an array of international stars for his latest album of duets

Van Morrison is all set for Blenheim Palace ball

Getting patriotic with a colourful coronation celebration by the Burford Singers and conductor Brian Kay at the last Burford Festival

A variety of musical treats at Burford Festival

Will Gregory at work with his ensemble of synthesizer-loving friends

Goldfrapp's synthesizer star Will Gregory is in the right moog

Duncan Saunderson, second left, pictured with his vocal quartet Oxford Liedertafel

Big four composers to feature at summer concert

Romanian soprano Andreea Soare is among this year’s stars

Garsington Opera goes glitzy for new season

Memories stirred by music for Lorenzo Ghielmi

Memories stirred by music for Lorenzo Ghielmi

Tinarwiran: A band of nomadic musicians

Desert blues: Tuareg tribesmen Tinarwiran bring sounds of the Sahara

Bringing the festival to a close: Pianist Mark Bebbington

What to expect from this year's Bledington Music Festival

Oxford's Swervedriver are back on top form with homemade tracks

Swervedriver bring it all back home + listen to new music

Rock survivor: The veteran DJ’s show, Bob Harris Country, goes out every Thursday on BBC Radio 2, between 7pm and 8pm

Sex, drugs and rock & roll: 'Whispering' Bob Harris on his extraordinary life in music

Treats: Raphael Wallfisch

What's in store at this year's English Music Festival

Surprises in store: The Sacconi String Quartet

Music at St Peter’s, Wallingford: 'Big names line up for a small venue'

Wheatsheaf bill: Little Brother Eli

All fresh-picked and locally produced talent at the Oxford Punt

Renovation: Dorchester Abbey

Cake, scarecrows and Tallis: Dorchester Abbey gears up for festival season

Main man: Guitarist and former Genesis star Mike Rutherford

Mike Rutherford is gearing up with new Mechanics

Vision: Musical director Marios Papadopoulos

A Mozart classic gets a makeover

Eighties encore: Jim Kerr, front, and the rest of Simple Minds plan to mix their biggest hits with some new, critically acclaimed material

Simple Minds are very much alive and still kicking

Festival founders: Violinist Jack Liebeck, left, and physicist Brian Foster

Pushing the boundaries

Big draw: Patsy Reid

Oxford Folk Weekend: Joyous ceilidh to mass morris and song

Cooking up a storm: Raymond Blanc OBE

Raymond Blanc heads into the Wilderness

Pioneering: The Shires

Brave new world for UK country duo The Shires

Choir: At the Holywell Music Room

French link leads to college debut

Turbowolf rock out of the mainstream

Hard rockers Turbowolf have something to howl about

Bringing mayhem: Mary Bevan will sing songs on a theme of mental illness

Bouncing back for lots more Schubert

Musicians set for a landmark year

Musicians set for a landmark year

Playing their cards right: The Stranglers, with JJ Burnel, right

Fighting talk from the hard man of rock JJ Burnel

Time to salute the Russians with Burford Orchestra

Time to salute the Russians with Burford Orchestra

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