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David Nice
Tuesday, 21 August 2018
Those of us schooled in the English choral tradition know and love Hubert Parry's "My soul, there is a country", but few have sung or heard it live as the first of a mighty cycle...
Tom Birchenough
Tuesday, 21 August 2018
Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo’s It Happened Here surely deserves the acclaim often accorded it as “the most ambitious amateur film ever made”, and the rich supporting extras on...
Boyd Tonkin
Monday, 20 August 2018
If history repeats itself, better hope that it corrects its mistakes as well. This year’s nominations for the h100 awards in publishing and writing reflect the welcome drive...
David Nice
Monday, 20 August 2018
Brits are the folk you expect to encounter the most in the rural-England-on-steroids of the beautiful Dordogne. In my experience they outnumber the French, at least in high summer...
Liz Thomson
Monday, 20 August 2018
Birth and death are nowhere more entwined than in folk music, and the seventh album by Radio 2 Young Folk Award-winner Jackie Oates poignantly honours both her father and her...
Marina Vaizey
Sunday, 19 August 2018
Hegel, Kant, David Hume, Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, Leibniz are all adduced, referred to, and paraphrased, and that’s just for starters. Add Rameau, Schubert, Beethoven, Benjamin...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 19 August 2018
The cover images of the four albums Teenage Fanclub issued on Creation Records suggest ambivalence. While Bandwagonesque’s...
Russ Coffey
Sunday, 19 August 2018
Kate Nash is no quitter. For years her heavy London accent and kitchen-sink lyrics made her an easy target for mockery. Nash...
Jessica Duchen
Saturday, 18 August 2018
North of Brisbane, south of Cairns and a short boat trip from the turquoise waters around the Great Barrier Reef, Townsville...
Steve O'Rourke
Saturday, 18 August 2018
Technical innovators, industry role models and champions of inclusivity make up the shortlist of nominees in the games...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 18 August 2018
 Bernstein: Symphonies 1-3, Prelude, Fugue and Riffs Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia/Antonio...
Joe Muggs
Saturday, 18 August 2018
This may be tempting fate, and minutes after publication of this she'll probably be arrested for stabbing a dog or something...
David Nice
Friday, 17 August 2018
Who is the greatest British conductor in charge of a major orchestra? It's subjective, but my answer is not what you might...
Thomas H Green
Friday, 17 August 2018
Initially, this month’s theartsdesk on Vinyl began with the sentence after this one, but it's so dry readers might drowse...
Caspar Gomez
Friday, 17 August 2018
One of the biggest crowd roars of the night comes right at the start when Jake Shears runs onstage. He is wearing a grey top...
David Kettle
Friday, 17 August 2018
 Orpheus ★★★★  This unashamedly sentimental storytelling show got its premiere a couple of years back in...
Owen Richards
Friday, 17 August 2018
It’s an event that only comes around once a generation: a new Matt Groening TV series. The Simpsons is rightly regarded as...
Veronica Lee
Friday, 17 August 2018
Rosie Jones ★★★★There are two versions of Rosie Jones, she tells us; one nice, one not so nice. And who knows which of those...
Tom Birchenough
Friday, 17 August 2018
There are plenty of reasons to be apprehensive about biopics of poets. The activity of writing is most often, after all,...
 

★★ ROGER SCRUTON: MUSIC AS AN ART Odd and uncategorisable essays fail to enlighten

THE ARTS DESK AT ITINERAIRE BAROQUE 2018 Canaries in front of a Périgord altar

★★★ EMILIA, SHAKESPEARE'S GLOBE Polemic disguised as a play

★★★★PROM 45, CAPUCON, ORCHESTRE DE LA SUISSE ROMANDE. NOTT Scintillating new era for Swiss magicians - Geneva gives us the Ansermet tradition plus

★★★★ ARIANE GRANDE - SUPERSTAR Much-needed humanity added to lower-case sound of current pop

H CLUB 1OO AWARDS: PUBLISHING AND WRITING Other stories, other voices

disc of the day

DVD/Blu-ray: It Happened Here

Britain under Nazi occupation: landmark 'alternative history' film revisited

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tv

Disenchantment, Netflix review - Matt Groening show has promise after poor start

Fantasy animation from the creator of The Simpsons lacks the quality of his best work

On the Edge, Channel 4, review - fast and furious new dramas

4Stories initiative to promote young writers and directors bears fruit

h 100 Awards: Broadcast - TV's national treasures

Rising stars, veterans venerated and the Welsh go global

film

DVD/Blu-ray: It Happened Here

Britain under Nazi occupation: landmark 'alternative history' film revisited

DVD: Al Berto

A poet emerges in the sensuous aftermath of Portugal's 1975 revolution

The Guardians review - beautifully crafted drama

French release offers an artful look at farming during World War One

new music

CD: Jackie Oates - The Joy of Living

Folk award-winner honours her father and baby daughter

Reissue CDs Weekly: Teenage Fanclub

From ‘Bandwagonesque’ to ‘Howdy!’: a decade’s worth of albums from Scotland’s pop-rock sensation

CD: Kate Nash - Yesterday Was Forever

The cockney songbird continues her adventures in American indie

classical

Proms at...Cadogan Hall 6, BBC Singers, Oramo review - excellent choristers need to diversify

Too monochrome for Laura Mvula, but Parry dazzles in the hands of a great conductor

theartsdesk at Itinéraire Baroque 2018 - canaries in front of a Périgord altar

Distinguished Dordogne dweller Ton Koopman and friends meet in a Romanesque priory

theartsdesk at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music - stratospheric performances by a tropical sea

New artistic director Kathryn Stott personalises a much-loved Antipodean fixture

opera

theartsdesk at Itinéraire Baroque 2018 - canaries in front of a Périgord altar

Distinguished Dordogne dweller Ton Koopman and friends meet in a Romanesque priory

Greed as the keynote: Robert Carsen on the timelessness of 'The Beggar's Opera'

The director brings his contemporary take on John Gay's satire to the Edinburgh Festival

Vanessa, Glyndebourne review - blowsy histrionics and a great finale

Does the end justify Barber's screamy little mystery, even when as well done as this?

theatre

Edinburgh Festival 2018 reviews: Orpheus / Bottom / Backup
Three intimate storytelling shows at Summerhall offer mixed insights
Emilia, Shakespeare's Globe review - polemic disguised as a play
Great performances save this uneven tribute to a forgotten Elizabethan poet
F Off: National Youth Theatre puts social media on trial
NYT's new work is aimed at digital natives. Its playwright introduces it

dance

theartsdesk in Riga - 43,290 Latvians sing and dance for their country

Individual souls conjoined with a passionate belief in peace and music achieve miracles

Enter theartsdesk / h Club Young Influencer of the Year award

In association with The Hospital Club's h.Club100 Awards, we're looking for the best cultural writers, bloggers and vloggers

The Sleeping Beauty, London Coliseum review - a triumph for English National Ballet

Kenneth MacMillan's timeless staging brings out the best in ENB

comedy

Edinburgh Fringe 2018 reviews: Rosie Jones/ Marcus Brigstocke/ Alice Snedden

More from the world's biggest and best arts festival

Edinburgh Fringe 2018: Luisa Omielan/ Brennan Reece/ Olga Koch

More from the world's biggest and best arts festival

Edinburgh Fringe 2018 reviews: Ari Shaffir/ Ashley Blaker/ Janeane Garofalo

More from the world's biggest and best arts festival

gaming

h Club 100 Awards: Video games - pioneers with heart and soul

High tech meets high calibre in this year’s list of gaming’s brightest sparks

Jurassic World Evolution review - manage a dinosaur theme park and make a killing

A comprehensive management sim where you feed the exhibits, the punters and your bank balance

Enter theartsdesk / h Club Young Influencer of the Year award

In association with The Hospital Club's h.Club100 Awards, we're looking for the best cultural writers, bloggers and vloggers

visual arts

theartsdesk in Riga - 43,290 Latvians sing and dance for their country

Individual souls conjoined with a passionate belief in peace and music achieve miracles

The Best Exhibitions in London

From Murillo to Monet and beyond: our favourite shows to see now

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