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Boyd Tonkin
Wednesday, 15 August 2018
The days are long gone when a Proms gig by Daniel Barenboim and his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra felt like a life-changing visitation by a major prophet. Expectations of the...
Jasper Rees
Wednesday, 15 August 2018
Television drama is living through a golden age, yes, but one thing mainly absent from the vast choice available on terrestrial and streaming broadcasters alike is the short story...
Veronica Lee
Wednesday, 15 August 2018
Luisa Omielan ★★★★Luisa Omiela, a confirmed party girl, is the first to admit she used to hate politics, and had difficulty in working out the difference between Conservative and...
Tatty Hennessy
Wednesday, 15 August 2018
F Off came about off the back of a meeting I had with Paul Roseby, the artistic director of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. I’d come in to talk to him about my...
Mark Kidel
Wednesday, 15 August 2018
Arcadia is the latest and the best of a series of films which draw on the archives of the BFI and the BBC, collages of often forgotten footage, designed to make the riches held by...
Boyd Tonkin
Tuesday, 14 August 2018
Music-lovers who normally balk at the sight of national colours in a concert hall would surely have forgiven the little Estonian flags – in stripes of blue, black and white – that...
Robert Carsen
Tuesday, 14 August 2018
In the time of composer John Gay, greed and self-interest were the main motives for life; and his work The Beggar’s Opera is...
David Kettle
Tuesday, 14 August 2018
 Nigel Slater's Toast ★★★★  “It’s impossible not to love someone who makes toast for you,” says Sam...
Owen Richards
Tuesday, 14 August 2018
Oh Sees have been perennial festival favourites for over 15 years now, releasing 21 albums under seven different band names...
Boyd Tonkin
Monday, 13 August 2018
When did this weird mix-tape fashion take root at the Proms? Just a couple of days after Antonio Pappano ran Haydn into...
David Nice
Monday, 13 August 2018
Unanticipated miracles happen every summer in the quiet paradise of Estonia's seaside capital. The first this year came as a...
Sebastian Scotney
Monday, 13 August 2018
In West Side Story, those great, familiar songs just keep on coming. Already by the end of the first half an hour, there...
David Kettle
Monday, 13 August 2018
Launched just last year to celebrate the country’s 150th anniversary, CanadaHub has quickly become one of the Edinburgh...
Adam Sweeting
Monday, 13 August 2018
In the ever-expanding field of broadcast, it’s easy to get lost in the deluge of product raining down from swaggering global...
Veronica Lee
Monday, 13 August 2018
Ari Shaffir ★★★★★There are some super-talented US comics at the Fringe this year, and Ari Shaffir is among them. The edgy,...
Guy Oddy
Monday, 13 August 2018
When Kentish hardcore punk two-piece, Slaves emerged with their debut album, Are You Satisfied?, they caused quite a stir...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 12 August 2018
Once heard, Wimple Winch’s “Save my Soul” is never forgotten. The A-side of a flop single originally issued in June 1966, it...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 12 August 2018
Turning over the sleeve of With Animals reveals a full-frame picture of a Tascam Midistudio 688. First marketed in 1990, it...
Boyd Tonkin
Saturday, 11 August 2018
In the beginning, Sir Antonio Pappano created a little chaos of his own. At the outset of this Prom that saw musical shape...
 

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