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Interviews with leading figures from the arts

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

Tim Cumming

Leveret (an old name for a young hare) got together in 2014. They comprise former Bellowhead fiddler Sam Sweeney, English concertina player Rob Harbron and accordionist Andy Cutting – three of the very best on the scene.

10 Questions for Pianist Søren Bebe

Matthew Wright

Danish pianist Søren Bebe has led a trio for 10 years, building a reputation as one of Europe’s most distinctive jazz ensembles. His warm, spacious and melodic sound is often compared to Esbjorn Svensson and Tord Gustavsen, or the influential sound/genre of German label ECM.

Walter Becker, 1950-2017 - 'we play rock and...

Adam Sweeting

The death of Walter Becker last weekend brings to an end one of the great double acts of rock history. Becker’s partnership with Donald Fagen, with...

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Albert Hammond

Russ Coffey

Albert Hammond might not be a household name but he's still, undeniably, one of the world's greatest living songwriters. His songs have sold 360...

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Susanne Sundfør

Kieron Tyler

Nine hours after meeting up in a Shoreditch courtyard to discuss her new album Music for People in Trouble, Norway’s Susanne Sundfør is on stage...

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

10 Questions for film director Roger Donaldson – 'motor racing in the 1960s was incredibly dangerous'

Adam Sweeting

The story of his new documentary about racing driver Bruce McLaren, who was killed 47 years ago

10 Questions for sound designer Adam Cork

Jasper Rees

Meet the sound magician behind 'Enron', 'London Road' and now Yaël Farber's 'Salomé'

theartsdesk Q&A: Playwright Jez Butterworth

Jasper Rees

Frank and wide-ranging interview as his new play 'The Ferryman' opens at the Royal Court

theartsdesk Q&A: Horn-player Alec Frank-Gemmill

David Nice

Four horns, four pianos, one CD; an original among musicians tells us why, and more

Charlotte Rampling: 'I had to survive!' - interview

Liz Thomson

While she's never been hotter as an actress, her new memoir Who I Am bares all about grief and depression

Brighton Festival 2017: 12 Free Events

Thomas H Green

Brighton Festival CEO Andrew Comben's guide to this year's best free stuff

Anna Maxwell Martin: 'I like playing baddies' - interview

Heather Neill

She's been Sally Bowles, Lady Macbeth and Elizabeth Darcy. Now for a gritty courtroom drama about rape

theartsdesk Q&A: Writer David Storey, pt 1

Jasper Rees

The playwright on rugby league, Lucian Freud's dog and bashing Billington

theartsdesk Q&A: Writer David Storey, pt 2

Jasper Rees

This writing life: second instalment of biographical interview with the Royal Court's Booker winner

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