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Topics they would rather avoid talking about: Rattle's Great Hall of the People, the humiliation of ENO, the Faber cartel, the cult of Muhly...

This week the Southbank Centre began its ‘Belief and Beyond Belief’ festival — a series of concerts and talks claiming to explore the influence of religious inspiration on music. Last summer, after reading its miserably right-on publicity material, I wrote in this column that ‘Beyond Parody’ might be a better title.

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