Some works of art were just meant to be. Five decades ago, way before Carl Davis became known for music compositions that became lodged in the public consciousness - among them the theme to the ultimate documentary series, The World at War and the score for the unforgettable movie, The French Lieutenant's Woman - he decided that Vienna was not for him.
It was Bryn Terfel's suggestion. The opera superstar could have insisted his first full scale opera at Grange Park featured a classic role: Puccini's Scarpia perhaps, or Wagner's Wotan, Mozart's Don Giovanni or Verdi's Falstaff. But Bock and Harnick's Tevye?
The biggest band you've never heard of? Try Paris-based Lilly Wood and the Prick. This summer, the remix by German electronic music DJ Robin Schulz of their single, Prayer In C, reached number one in 35 countries, including the UK. Meanwhile, the video on YouTube has garnered upwards of 48 million views. You would imagine Lilly Wood's singer, Israeli-born Nili Hadida, might be ecstatic.
'It's bad for the world, but it's quite good for us," says David Baddiel of his latest project. No, not his acclaimed return to stand-up in Fame - Not the Musical, which arrives at JW3 in December. Nor his first children's book, The Parent Agency, which is about to be published.
At the time of writing, Barbra Streisand's latest album - her 34th LP release - is due to hit the top of the American charts. If it does, it will make her the first artist to have had a number one in each of the past six decades. As the title suggests, Partners is a duets album, the sort of thing that all the music legends - notably Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett - have done.
Back in the days when Jessie Ware was a young web reporter for the JC, she helped to compile a gig guide. "I used to do the listings for Jewish people appearing at Brixton Academy and now I'm playing there," says the acclaimed soul singer and songwriter, amazed by the transition. "It's fabulous." Has her change in fortunes exceeded her wildest expectations? "Absolutely."
I've seen Nicholas Hytner's production of Handel's comic opera at least a dozen times since it opened in 1985. And still I don't feel sated. This is simply one of the greatest opera productions - and it changed forever the perception of Handel as an opera composer. From box office death, Handel now almost guarantees a sell out.
This latest revival doesn't merely seem as fresh as ever.
Tel Aviv-born Inon Barnatan has won acclaim as one of the world's most sought-after young pianists. In his mid-30s, he has conquered America, being recently announced as the New York Philharmonic's first Associate Artist.