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Interviews with leading figures from the arts

theartsdesk Q&A: Vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant

Peter Quinn

The vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant first came to the attention of the jazz scene when she won the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz competition in 2010. In 2013, her Mack Avenue Records debut WomanChild garnered a Grammy nomination. Two years later, she picked up her first Grammy Award when her follow-up release For One To Love won Best Jazz Vocal Album.

theartsdesk Q&A: Composer, chansonnier and conductor HK Gruber at 75

David Nice

You haven't lived until you've witnessed Viennese maverick H(einz) K(arl) Gruber – 75 today (3 January, publication day) – speech-singing, conducting and kazooing his way through his self-styled "pandemonium" Frankenstein!!.

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Nick Mulvey

Thomas H Green

Nick Mulvey (b.1984) is a singer-songwriter who draws from a refreshing and unexpected palette of global roots music, modernist classical and...

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Ralph Moore

Like a lot of people, I came late to Peaky Blinders, bingeing on the first two brutal, but undeniably brilliant, series like the proverbial box-set...

Douglas Henshall: 'You can get stuck when...

Jasper Rees

“I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!” In 1976 American anger about the state of the nation was channelled into Network, in which...

theartsdesk Q&A: Homer Flynn, spokesman for The Residents

Kieron Tyler

A revealing face-to-face conversation with the man closest to the eyeball-headed musical outsiders

David Oakes: 'I haven’t done anything as bad as my characters'

Jasper Rees

The actor stars opposite Natalie Dormer in Venus in Fur. Why is he always exploring the dark side?

Nikki Amuka-Bird interview: 'There’s huge enthusiasm among actors of colour'

Heather Neill

Ibsen hits the Caribbean in 'The Lady from the Sea' at the Donmar. Its star explains

Santtu-Matias Rouvali on conducting in Gothenburg - 'they just want to make music. No bullshit'

David Nice

Electrifying Finn on Sibelius, national identity and feeling at home in Sweden

'English music is lumpy if you don't play it well': interview with folk trio Leveret

Tim Cumming

Instrumental trio on old English dances and their new album Inventions

10 Questions for Pianist Søren Bebe

Matthew Wright

Lyrical jazz composer discusses the fulfilment of classical music and the lure of internet success

Walter Becker, 1950-2017 - 'we play rock and roll, but we swing when we play'

Adam Sweeting

In this interview from 2008, Steely Dan's co-founder talks about Donald Fagen, touring, jazz and solo albums

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Albert Hammond

Russ Coffey

The songwriting supremo talks Justin Bieber, rapping, and his new musical 'The Matterhorn'

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Susanne Sundfør

Kieron Tyler

Concerns about climate change and nods to country colour the Norwegian's sixth album ‘Music for People in Trouble'

theartsdesk Q&A: Director Peter Kosminsky, Part 2

Jasper Rees

The director of C4's new drama The State has always taken the pulse of modern Britain. Here he talks about his Blair trilogy

theartsdesk Q&A: Director Peter Kosminsky, Part 1

Jasper Rees

The State, his new drama about Britons joining ISIS, begins on Sunday. But who is the campaigning film-maker?

'It was appealing to make a thriller about mental illness': Gareth Tunley and Alice Lowe on 'The Ghoul'

Thomas Barrie

The director and one of the stars on The Ghoul and low-budget British movies

Robin Ticciati on conducting Mozart - 'I wanted to create a revolution in the minds of the players'

David Nice

Glyndebourne and Scottish Chamber Orchestra MD on three great symphonies

Olivia Williams interview: 'Are you on drugs?' 'No I've just spent the day acting'

Jasper Rees

The actress summoned to Hollywood who lived to tell the tale, wittily

10 Questions for Adeel Akhtar: 'The first form of defiance is to laugh'

Jasper Rees

Brilliant in Four Lions and Murdered By My Father, now the BAFTA winner is in a delightful American romcom

10 Questions for actress Tracy-Ann Oberman: 'it's made me pretty fearless'

David Benedict

The TV and theatre star charts her route from 'EastEnders' and 'Toast of London' to 'Fiddler on the Roof'

10 Questions for George Stiles and Anthony Drewe: 'we are optimistic people'

Jasper Rees

The makers of quintessentially English musicals on heading back to the Edwardian era for 'The Wind in the Willows' at the Palladium

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Alison Moyet

Russ Coffey

'Alf' talks mortality, people-watching and not living by other people's rules

theartsdesk Q&A: Nicholas Bullen, founder of Napalm Death

Guy Oddy

The grindcore legend on the 30th anniversary of Napalm Death’s 'Scum', the Supersonic Festival and politics in music

10 Questions for The Radiophonic Workshop's Paddy Kingsland

Barney Harsent

The composer talks synthesizers, 'Doctor Who' and a new project that has a foot in the past

h.Club 100 Awards: Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Theartsdesk

Joseph Houston and William Whelton found a storage space on Gumtree and turned it into a musical theatre. Here's how

Koen Kessels: 'there's a joke in ballet we only have two tempi' - interview

Hanna Weibye

The Belgian conductor on composers, conducting Swan Lake, and helping young musicians in the dance world

Muhsin Al-Ramli: 'During Saddam’s regime at least we knew who the enemy was' - interview

Rachel Halliburton

Iraqi author of the acclaimed novel The President’s Gardens on life under Saddam Hussein and after

theartsdesk Q&A: Soprano Aida Garifullina

David Nice

The Kazan-born prima donna on Prokofiev, Rimsky-Korsakov and Stephen Frears

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