tue 13/04/2021

Features & Interviews

Filmmaker Darius Marder: 'Deafness is a culture. That's not being PC'

Owen Richards

Sound of Metal has been a long time coming. Director and writer Darius Marder faced years of delays ranging from casting changes to the whole world shutting down. Was it worth the wait? Well, six Academy Award nominations including Best Film certainly suggest it was.

Extract: TV by Susan Bordo


"Television and I grew up together." As a baby boomer born in 1947, Susan Bordo is roughly the same age as our beloved gogglebox, which began life as a broad box with a ten-inch screen, chunky and clunky and encased in wood. With the rapid changes in technology in the years since, "television", as Bordo points out, has become estranged from its material status.

First Person: violinist Abigail Young on getting...

Abigail Young

February 2020: an item a long way down the agenda of the nightly news caused me to remark, fairly casually, “I wonder if that will affect me”....

Extract from Sauntering: Writers Walk Europe,...


Wandering, ambling, sauntering. The last, least heard of the three, captures a sense of leisurely aimlessness: a jolly meander unbound by destination...

First Person: Anna Lucia Richter on Monteverdi...

Anna Lucia Richter

It’s actually quite a strange feeling to know that my CD Il delirio della passione is now out. I recorded this amazing, all-embracing Monteverdi...

theartsdesk Q&A: Daryl Hall

Owen Richards

Legendary singer-songwriter talks recording, vaccines and reaching a billion streams

First Person: Clare Norburn on how she came to write her ambitious Zoom-era drama, 'Love in the Lockdown'

Clare Norburn

Writer-producer Clare Norburn elaborates upon her self-isolation online play

‘The Healing Power of Music’: composer Nigel Hess on great-aunt Myra’s wartime concerts

Nigel Hess

Parallels between lockdown solace and a great Dame's National Gallery events

Britney Spears (1998-present): The Video Special

Thomas H Green

Britney on video: 23 years of salacious self-objectification and hyper-kitsch

Disc of the Day 10th Anniversary: the level playing field

Joe Muggs

Ten years of record reviews show how sometimes deranged variety works in our (and the records') favour

Reviewing music off-piste: reflections on working beyond the comfort zone

Mark Kidel

The joy of adventure on unfamiliar ground

Classical musicians on life after Brexit - 4: singers speak out

Nicky Spence

Top tenor Nicky Spence introduces five other distinguished voices on the visa debacle

Classical musicians on life after Brexit - 3: violinist Sara Deborah Struntz-Timossi

Sara Deborah Struntz-Timossi

Another previously free-ranging player adds her voice to individual stories featured here

Classical musicians on life after Brexit - 2: violinist Victoria Sayles

Victoria Sayles

First sequel to pianist Sophia Rahman's assembly of musical voices on the visa situation

'The total confusion about post-Brexit rules adds to the distress': classical musicians speak out

Sophia Rahman

Ten players and administrators on the fallout in government restrictions to EU touring

'Having to establish a real conversation with the audience is a good challenge': Raffaello Morales on a possible musical future

Raffaello Morales

Pioneer of a rare 2020 success story, the Fidelio Orchestra Cafe, on adapting to change

Book extract: Fat by Hanne Blank


The multiple personalities of a public enemy, sexual fetish and essential organ

Dame Fanny Waterman (1920-2020) - some recollections, with love and affection

Adam Gatehouse

The Leeds International Piano Competition's Artstic Director remembers its founder

First Person: conductor Johannes Vogel on Beethoven’s Ninth as re-orchestrated by Mahler

Johannes Vogel

The importance of celebrating the anniversary year’s end with a bang

First Person(s): soprano Susan Bullock and baritone William Dazeley on filming Britten’s Owen Wingrave

Susan Bullock And William Dazeley

Grange Park Opera makes the most of Covid restrictions by producing a TV opera

Filmmaker Frank Marshall: 'People don’t understand what geniuses The Bee Gees were'

Owen Richards

Director of the new Bee Gees documentary discusses the brothers' legacy in music

Not-quite-solitude on the 34th floor: violinist Maxine Kwok on the short film 'Rising'

Maxine Kwok

The LSO player relates her lockdown experience in the City of London she loves so much

First Person: Avi Avital on 'Art of the Mandolin'

Avi Avital

Master of an exquisite instrument turns to works written specifically for it

‘Our whole industry is supported by vulnerable freelance creators': Chen Reiss on the artist in a time of Coronavirus

Chen Reiss

The soprano, now on screen in the Royal Opera 'Ariodante', on recognition for performers

First Person: Paul Bullock on making BBC Young Jazz Musician 2020

Paul Bullock

The BBC Young Musician executive editor on the challenges of making the competition work for TV in lockdown

Book extract: Nativity by Jean Frémon, with drawings by Louise Bourgeois


Reckoning with the question of how to represent Christ

First Person: horn player Alec Frank-Gemmill on authenticity and enlightenment in lockdown

Alec Frank-Gemmill

Treading a fine line in Brahms between historical evidence and creative freedom

First Person: Jessica Duchen on writing about Beethoven's Immortal Beloved

Jessica Duchen

Why her novel 'Immortal' became more seismic, and more relevant, than she expected

'Josquin has defined our career': The Tallis Scholars’ Peter Phillips on the end of a major recording project

Peter Phillips

Celebrating an epic on the eve of the Renaissance Mass master’s 500th anniversary


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