mon 23/05/2022

Features & Interviews

'How that music was created remains to me a complete mystery': John Tomlinson on fellow Lancastrian Harrison Birtwistle

John Tomlinson

It has been a difficult couple of years for us in the world of opera, losing several of our most respected and admired colleagues who have inspired us over several decades.

Clubbing with the Stones: Live at El Mocambo

Tim Cumming

In a little over two week’s time, the three remaining ones will kick-start their 60th year as The Rolling Stones by taking to the stage at a stadium on the edge of Madrid on June 1, around the same time that Elizabeth Windsor marks her own @70 jubilee across the UK.

'An invitation to stillness and reflection...

Christian Forshaw

The idea of recording an album with Tenebrae has been bubbling away for a number of years. Nigel Short and I first worked together in 2007 when I...

First Person: playwright Naomi Wallace on finally...

Naomi Wallace

The Breach is a coming of age story and an age-in-the-making story. The play takes place in the U.S. in the 1970s and 1990s, switching back...

First Person: composer Michael Price on...

Michael Price

There are lots of ways that we respond to great works of art – intellectually and emotionally, then visually, aurally and even by taste and smell,...

Extract: Catching Fire by Daniel Hahn

Daniel Hahn

Laying bare the translator's quandaries, including the problem of gendered language

First Person: playwright Chinonyerem Odimba on birthing her potent and timely new show

Chinonyerem Odimba

The musical 'Black Love' places the reality of racism centre-stage at the Kiln

Extract: Where My Feet Fall - Going For A Walk in Twenty Stories

Duncan Minshull

Writing in the year of lockdown, writers remember their paths and paces

First Person: composer Mason Bates on the powers and perils of musical storytelling

Mason Bates

From Beethoven to Pink Floyd and 'Liquid Interface', premiered in the UK on Wednesday

Russians and friends play on for Ukraine

David Nice

Who's doing what, with focus on a fundraiser from Pavel Kolesnikov and Samson Tsoy

‘Slava Ukraini!’: Russian musicians worldwide show solidarity

David Nice

Ukrainian anthem performed in concerts everywhere is only the start of musical support

First Person: Tim Walker on crossing over from critic to playwright

Tim Walker

A longtime critic shifts gears to bring Gina Miller and Theresa May to the stage

‘Let me be your main course’: composer Jimmy López on why new music needs time and space

Jimmy López

Thoughts from a brilliant Peruvian, whose Piano Concerto is premiered on Wednesday

First Person: Pavel Šporcl on Paganini and the Czech violin tradition

Pavel Šporcl

A Bohemian master on a virtuoso and his followers, whose music he has just recorded

First Person: Femi Elufowoju Jr. on directing Verdi's 'Rigoletto'

Femi Elufowoju Jr

A theatre director's take on his first opera as he rehearses in Leeds

Best of 2021: Books


Our top fiction titles from this year

Best of 2021: Theatre

Matt Wolf

As often as not, the wonder was that there was any theatre at all

First Person: young composer Nicola Perikhanyan on a new immersive reality experience at London Wall

Nicola Perikhanyan

Multilayered work for clarinet is part of 'HARMONY' in the City

First Person: Harpist Rachel Newton on creating music to accompany two well-loved books celebrating nature, poetry and magic

Rachel Newton

How a musical collective returned from COVID to the beloved Spell Songs project

Antony Sher: 'I discovered I could be other people'

Jasper Rees

Remembering the brilliant actor knight who revealed himself both on stage and in pioneering performance diaries

10 Questions for musician and DJ Pete Tong

India Lewis

On his latest EP and his musical life thus far

theartsdesk at Tallinn's Black Nights Film Festival - still crazy after all these years

Demetrios Matheou

With its black carpet and audiences referred to as ‘wolves’, Black Nights is 25

Stephen Sondheim in memoriam - he gave us more to see

Matt Wolf

A master gone but in no way and never to be forgotten

First Person: composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad on a musical love letter to the natural world

Cheryl Frances-Hoad

Dara McAnulty's 'Diary of a Young Naturalist' is the basis for a new song-cycle

First Person: composer Conor Mitchell on challenging religious orthodoxy from a queer perspective in MASS

Conor Mitchell

Finding the authentic gay 'me' in a new work premiered with the Ulster Orchestra tonight

Remembering Henry Woolf, Harold Pinter's oldest friend

Jasper Rees

The school friend who commissioned, directed and acted in Pinter's first play

Judith van Driel of the Dudok Quartet Amsterdam: 'the more we played Brahms, the more freedom we found'

Judith Van Driel

On approaching the elusive and unreachable in four chamber masterpieces

'A nun destroyed my tent': artist Kate Daudy talks about NFTs, refugees, and having her work thrown out with the trash

Jessica Baldwin

The artist's first 'Non-Fungible Token' goes live as part of a new online exhibition

First Persons: Susan Bullock, Gerald Finley and Stephen Higgins on a 'Bluebeard's Castle' with a difference


How experience of dementia led to a unique take on Bartók's dark masterpiece


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