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Mark Kidel
Tuesday, 18 June 2024
A small mountain village, tucked away in the foothills of the Rif Mountains, south-east of Tangier. The “smallest music festival in the world”, so it says in the Guinness Book of...
Sarah Kent
Tuesday, 18 June 2024
Born in Cape Town in 1948, Gavin Jantjes grew up under apartheid. He openly criticised the regime in his work and, forced into exile, was granted political asylum in Germany in...
Adam Sweeting
Monday, 17 June 2024
Scott Turow published his cunningly-wrought legal thriller in 1987, and Alan J Pakula’s powerful movie version, starring Harrison Ford, appeared in 1990. Enough time has elapsed,...
Jenny Gilbert
Monday, 17 June 2024
Launching a four-year global project to proclaim the genius of Frederick Ashton might seem unnecessary. His work is the bedrock of what’s widely known as The English Style and...
Stephen Walsh
Monday, 17 June 2024
It’s somehow typical of the Welsh National Opera I’ve known now for the best part of sixty years that it should confront its current funding difficulties with brilliant...
Nick Hasted
Monday, 17 June 2024
Benjamin Brewer’s post-apocalyptic, Nic Cage-starring creature feature finds a sombre interest in fatherhood and growing up in screenwriter Michael Nilon’s bleak scenario, after...
Bernard Hughes
Monday, 17 June 2024
London’s non-professional orchestra sector is an undervalued asset to the city, and deserves more attention. And so last...
Markie Robson-Scott
Monday, 17 June 2024
How can it be part of God’s plan to allow so much pain and suffering in the world, asks Sigmund Freud (Anthony Hopkins) of a...
Joe Muggs
Monday, 17 June 2024
The noise in the international mainstream in recent years might be about dance-pop, hip hop beefs and the serious balladry...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 16 June 2024
Late summer 1966. Jazz was Margo Guryan’s thing. She was not interested in pop music. This changed when she was played The...
Rachel Halliburton
Saturday, 15 June 2024
There’s a masterful subtlety to Philippe Herreweghe’s interpretation of Bach’s last great choral work – it shuns blazing...
Justine Elias
Saturday, 15 June 2024
Islands off the coast of southern Chile, to the Spanish and German settlers of the 19th century, represented the edge of the...
Harry Thorfinn-George
Saturday, 15 June 2024
A number of films in recent years have added a distinctly local flavour to the folk-horror genre. Mark Jenkin was inspired...
Tim Cumming
Saturday, 15 June 2024
The mournful, lonesome voice of John Moreland from Bixby, Oklahoma, will be known by a few, but not many, in this country....
Jonathan Geddes
Friday, 14 June 2024
The current trend for package tours with two headliners appears to be growing, and this jaunt presented somewhat unlikely...
Helen Hawkins
Friday, 14 June 2024
In Marie Amachoukeli’s Àma Gloria there’s a remarkable performance by a child actor, Louise Mauroy-Panzani. So key is...
Saskia Baron
Friday, 14 June 2024
There’s a category of movies that are best seen having read nothing about them. Susquatch Sunset falls into that...
Veronica Lee
Friday, 14 June 2024
Jazz Emu bounds on to the stage, launching into a song that talks about the importance of team work and how he has no ego....
Thomas H Green
Friday, 14 June 2024
US electronic perennial Moby has had a good run. He was a rave culture phenomenon from 1991 onwards. He blew that with a...

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★★ THE MOOR Yorkshire chiller is ambitious but muddled

★★★★ GOLDSCHEIDER, ROS, MILLER, SJSS Fine horn playing from the very best

MARGO GURYAN The jazz composer who changed tack to embrace Sixties pop

★★★ SORCERY A tale of shapeshifting revenge

★★★★ AMA GLORIA Small-scale triumph with a big emotional payload

★★★★ BACH'S MASS IN B MINOR, HERREWEGHE, BARBICAN Mathematical elegance

disc of the day

Album: Kehlani - CRASH

A rich and bewitching brew from an ever-creative R&B new-schooler

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tv

Presumed Innocent, Apple TV+ review - you read the book and saw the movie...

Jake Gyllenhaal stars in absorbing TV adaptation of Scott Turow's legal thriller

Eric, Netflix review - a fairytale of New York

Abi Morgan's drama is a strange mix of urban grime and magic realism

theartsdesk Q&A: Matthew Modine on 'Hard Miles', 40 years in showbusiness and safer cycling

An eventful journey from 'Full Metal Jacket' to 'Oppenheimer' and 'Stranger Things'

film

Arcadian review - Nic Cage underacts at the end of the world

Cage is his sons' stoic guardian in a post-apocalyptic world besieged by night-terrors

Freud's Last Session review - Freud and CS Lewis search for meaning in 1939

Does God exist? Anthony Hopkins as the analyst asks the questions of the Oxford don

Sorcery review - a tale of shapeshifting revenge

A girl's righteous revenge quest combines with her native beliefs in this Chilean tale

new music

Album: Kehlani - CRASH

A rich and bewitching brew from an ever-creative R&B new-schooler

Music Reissues Weekly: Margo Guryan - Words and Music

Lavish box set dedicated to the jazz composer who changed tack to embrace Sixties pop

classical

Goldscheider, Royal Orchestral Society, Miller, SJSS review - fine horn playing from the very best

A tribute to Ukrainian music also featured a fearless take on Shostakovich

theartsdesk at the 2024 Aldeburgh Festival - romantic journeys, cosmic hallucinations and wild stomps

Revelation of a master baritone and a new masterpiece at the heart of a packed weekend

theatre

Miss Julie, Park Theatre review - Strindberg's kitchen drama still packs a punch
Much adapted play gets a traditional staging fuelled by electric leads
Being Mr Wickham, Jermyn Street Theatre review - the plausible, charming roué gives his version of events 30 years on
Adrian Lukis revisits his disruptive character from the BBC adaptation of 'Pride and Prejudice'
Marie Curie, Charing Cross Theatre review - like polonium, best left undiscovered
Celebrated scientist is ill-served by confused and dull show imported from Seoul

dance

Ashton Celebrated, Royal Ballet review - peerless delights from the master step-smith

A delicious triple bill kicks off a worldwide Fred-fest

Rocio Molina, Sadler's Wells Flamenco Festival review - mystery and dark magic, with a giggle

Annual Spanish showcase opens with a dancer intent on subversion by edgy games

The Winter's Tale, Royal Ballet review - what a story, and what a way to tell it!

A compelling case for ROH's ballet-friendly rebrand

Books

Hugo Rifkind: Rabbits review - 31 wild parties and a funeral

Comic novel rides the rollercoaster of 1990s teenagerdom among the Scottish elite

Extract: Pariah Genius by Iain Sinclair

A form-defying writer explores the troubled mindscape of a Soho photographer

Jonn Elledge: A History of the World in 47 Borders review - a view from the boundaries

Enjoyable journey through the byways of how lines on maps have shaped the modern world

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