sat 16/10/2021

Features & Interviews

First Person: Rachel O'Riordan on the enduring power of a sad, funny, and extraordinary play

Rachel O'Riordan

The Beauty Queen of Leenane is a vicious, sad and extraordinary play.

Extract: The Breaks by Julietta Singh

Theartsdesk

How do we mother “at the end of the world”? Among the ruins of late capitalism, climate catastrophe, and entrenched white state violence?

K-Music 2021: striking the right note for musical...

Tim Cumming

It’s been eight years since the first K-Music landed in London, courtesy the Korean Cultural Centre UK, along with world, folk and jazz concert...

'Rest now, you God': remembering bass-...

Theartsdesk

Few singers really change your life. Norman Bailey did that for me [writes David Nice of theartsdesk]. The occasion wasn't my first experience of a...

Summer seasons in a Covid world: five opera...

Theartsdesk

The bleakest time of all for live music during the Covid crisis came in the first four and a half months of this year. Re-emergence came too late for...

First Person: theatre director Christopher Haydon on how the Rose Theatre, Kingston, can bloom anew

Christopher Haydon

The former artistic director of the Gate Theatre moves his theatrical vision further west

Out of the shadows: Dylan’s Eighties reappraised

Tim Cumming

Bootleg Series co-producer Steve Berkowitz gives an insider’s run-down on the latest Bootleg Series release, 'Springtime in New York'

First Person: pianist Filippo Gorini on head, heart and the contemporary in Bach's 'The Art of Fugue'

Filippo Gorini

Taking off from a masterly marriage of rigorous means and expressive ends

Through hoops and hurdles to sheer joy: BBC Proms Director David Pickard on a season like no other

David Pickard

It isn't over yet, but an international institution has already triumphed against the odds

First Person: composer Joseph Phibbs on rescoring Britten

Joseph Phibbs

Tonight at Snape: chamber arrangement of an early masterpiece, 'Our Hunting Fathers'

Remembering Graham Vick (1953-2021) - top colleagues on one of the greatest opera directors

Theartsdesk

Five singers, a conductor and a casting director recall an irreplaceable visionary

First Person: theartsdesk writer Bernard Hughes on composing for the BBC Proms

Bernard Hughes

Classical music reviewer on sitting on the other side of the artist-critic fence

First Person: young musicians Brooke Simpson and Erin Black on the National Youth Orchestra's 'Hope Exchange' project

Brooke Simpson And Erin Black

NYO double bass player and orchestral pianist on their part in a very special collaboration

First Person: conductor Enrique Mazzola on Verdi's time-travelling 'Luisa Miller'

Enrique Mazzola

Notes from the musician who knows Glyndebourne's last main-season production best

10 Questions for Harry Grafton of Red Rooster Festival

Thomas H Green

On The Rolling Stones, Americana, and his festival surviving COVID-19

First Person: Héloïse Werner on a live collaboration with fellow composers and performers

Héloïse Werner

New music in a trio concert with a difference

An Oral History of Glastonbury Festival 1992

Thomas H Green

Take a 29 year time-trip back to the world's greatest festival with those who were there

'In music, we are together': saxophonist Jess Gillam on returning to concerts with audience

Jess Gillam

One of our liveliest musical communicators on the slow journey out of lockdown

First Person: Roxanna Panufnik on a new version of her 'Letters from Burma' in aid of Myanmar refugees

Roxanna Panufnik

The composer on why she expanded a chamber piece for London Mozart Players

From cancellation to new vigour: pianist and artistic director Joseph Middleton on Leeds Lieder

Joseph Middleton

One of our most enterprising younger-generation performers on renewing a major festival

First Person: Director Maria Aberg on drawing fresh inspiration for the future

Maria Aberg

The theatre-maker sets out her stall for an ambitious, pan-European venture

First Person: playwright Tanika Gupta on being back in the rehearsal room once more

Tanika Gupta

The writer expresses her joy at going 'Out West'

Glastonbury Festival: Live at Worthy Farm livestream review - glitched access upstages beautifully shot live footage

Caspar Gomez

Calamitous technical upset overshadows Coldplay, HAIM, Damon Albarn, Kano, IDLES and the rest

Music books to end lockdown: Sam Lee, Hawkwind, Dylan, Richard Thompson, and the Electric Muses

Tim Cumming

From nightingale song to sonic attack via folk rock and the world's greatest songwriter, spring 2021's best music books

Christa Ludwig, 1928-2021: a selective tribute

David Nice

The German mezzo-soprano embraced the light and the dark at a transcendental level

Extract: Blackface by Ayanna Thompson

Theartsdesk

Examining the history and legacies of this racist performance mode

First Person: Boris Giltburg on lockdown interruptions to filming Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas

Boris Giltburg

The Moscow-born Israeli pianist on an odyssey that took several unexpected turns

First Person: composer and Renaissance man Tunde Jegede on transcending genres

Tunde Jegede

Crossing boundaries for Southampton's 'Mayflower 400: Voyages of the Heart' project

Helen McCrory: 'If there's one interesting thing about acting it's trying to lose your ego'

Jasper Rees

Three encounters with the great actor who has died at the age of 52

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