sat 19/06/2021

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Jenny Gilbert
Saturday, 19 June 2021
“A tonic to the nation”. That was the hoped-for effect of the Festival of Britain in 1951, and its concrete legacy was the Royal Festival Hall. Seventy years on, it’s fitting that...
Roxanna Panufnik
Saturday, 19 June 2021
A month ago, I sat in St Martin-in-the Fields listening to London Mozart Players recording my orchestral version of Letters from Burma. I have never been to Burma but I was...
Veronica Lee
Saturday, 19 June 2021
What to make of Jimmy Carr? He’s a fantastic gag writer and experienced stand-up who has made a hugely successful career on television. And yet... as Terribly Funny makes clear,...
Robert Beale
Saturday, 19 June 2021
Tabita Berglund is that rare species, an up-and-coming orchestral conductor attracting enough attention to secure repeated international bookings in even these straitened times....
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 19 June 2021
 One Movement Symphonies: Music by Barber, Scriabin and Sibelius Kansas City Symphony/Michael Stern (Reference Recordings)Placing these three single movements together serves...
Barney Harsent
Saturday, 19 June 2021
The first release that brought folk-pop duo Kings of Convenience to prominence outside of their native Norway was their Live in a Room EP, released in 2000. Recorded, as the title...
Matt Wolf
Friday, 18 June 2021
The general uptick of late in film versions of stage musical hits continues apace with In the Heights, which, to my mind...
David Nice
Friday, 18 June 2021
Just when you thought you couldn’t take any more one- or two-handers, online or in the theatre, along comes the supreme...
David Nice
Friday, 18 June 2021
Whatever else happens on the country opera scene this summer, the golden rose award for sheer chutzpah goes to the ever-...
Joseph Walsh
Friday, 18 June 2021
Back in 2017, a non-speaking autistic teen, Naoki Higashida wrote and published The Reason I Jump. He hoped it would offer...
Thomas H Green
Friday, 18 June 2021
Broken Hearts and Beauty Sleep has been five years coming. It’s only a mini-album but is spiced with a range of guests, and...
Adam Sweeting
Thursday, 17 June 2021
After appearing in six of Marvel’s Avengers movies, Tom Hiddleston’s Loki (the God of Mischief) gets his own TV series....
David Nice
Thursday, 17 June 2021
Why travel to Glyndebourne for a concert? Well, for a start, none of us has heard a Mahler symphony live in full orchestral...
Kieron Tyler
Thursday, 17 June 2021
After listening to Miracle on repeat, the impression which lingers is that its creator has assimilated a lot of music. First...
Daniel Lewis
Wednesday, 16 June 2021
There’s something refreshing about fiction you can easily trace back to the question “what if?” What if this or that...
Boyd Tonkin
Tuesday, 15 June 2021
Not long after the Nazis came to power, Eberhard Arnold sent a manifesto to Adolf Hitler. The Protestant preacher urged the...
Joseph Middleton
Tuesday, 15 June 2021
April 2020 was to have been the celebratory 10th Anniversary Festival of Leeds Lieder, the organisation I’ve been fortunate...
Gaby Frost
Tuesday, 15 June 2021
To this day, if you take a stroll down Paris’ Boulevard de l’Hôpital, you’ll come across an imposing building: the Hôpital...
Graham Fuller
Tuesday, 15 June 2021
Lake Mungo (2008) is a dread-laden Australian Gothic thriller that masquerades as a straight-faced documentary.It’s also an...

★★★★★ MATTHEWS, LPO, TICCIATI, GLYNDEBOURNE A brilliantly programmed sequence

★★★ MYKKI BLANCO - BROKE HEARTS AND BEAUTY SLEEP Groundbreaking MC showcases increasing variety

★★★★ LOKI, DISNEY+  The God of Mischief gets his own TV series

★★★★ HAPPY DAYS, RIVERSIDE STUDIOS Memory, madness and melancholy

★★★★ DER ROSENKAVALIER, GARSINGTON OPERA Musical marvels, drama less often fulfilled

★★★★ THE REASON I JUMP Compelling and controversial

disc of the day

Album: Kings of Convenience - Peace or Love

The folk-pop duo return with an album that's occasionally too smooth to soothe


Loki, Disney+ review - the God of Mischief gets his own TV series

Wacky time-bending adventures with Tom Hiddleston and Owen Wilson

Lupin, Part 2, Netflix review - master of disguise versus racists and lies

Second coming of crowd-pleasing French drama hits virtuoso high notes

The Beast Must Die, Britbox review - a crime story which plumbs psychological depths

Jared Harris seizes centre stage in Isle of Wight-based mystery


In the Heights review - to life, Lin-Manuel Miranda-style

2008 Tony winning musical transfers joyously to the screen

The Reason I Jump review - compelling and controversial

Director Jerry Rothwell explores the lives of four non-speaking autistic people

Blu-ray: Lake Mungo

Eerie Australian faux documentary probes the nature of grief, the value of fake images, and suburban decadence

new music

Album: Kings of Convenience - Peace or Love

The folk-pop duo return with an album that's occasionally too smooth to soothe

Album: Mykki Blanco - Broken Hearts and Beauty Sleep

Groundbreaking MC showcases increasing variety on their second album

Album: Francis Lung - Miracle

Musically erudite Manchester singer-songwriter probes his own character


First Person: Roxanna Panufnik on a new version of her 'Letters from Burma' in aid of Myanmar refugees

The composer on why she expanded a chamber piece for London Mozart Players

Hallé, Berglund, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester review - taking Beethoven seriously

A young conductor brings confidence and maturity to the fore

Classical CDs: Bassoons, brass and symphonic compression

20th century symphonies, romantic chamber music and some ingenious brass transcriptions


Der Rosenkavalier, Garsington Opera review - musical marvels, drama less often fulfilled

Classy singing, conducting and playing, directorial holes in bold shot at rococo Strauss

La traviata, Opera Holland Park review – a revival in rude health

Rodula Gaitanou's production roars back with splendid singing and emotional conviction

Eugene Onegin, Garsington Opera review - choral and orchestral opulence for Tchaikovsky

How much we've missed in a year is exemplified in aspects of this hit-and-miss show


Happy Days, Riverside Studios review - memory, madness and melancholy
Lisa Dwan’s infinite variety guides us through Beckett’s timeless masterpiece
After Life, National Theatre review - thanks for the memories
Intriguing, inventive play from Jack Thorne and Headlong
Extract: David Lan's As If By Chance
Adventures in Palestine from the memoir of the former artistic director of the Young Vic


Solstice, English National Ballet, RFH review - a midsummer treat

A grand summer picnic at the Southbank Centre

British Ballet Charity Gala, Royal Albert Hall review - a celebration of sorts

Darcey Bussell rallies all eight UK major dance companies to fete their survival

Balanchine and Robbins, The Royal Ballet review - style and substance

A dazzling company tribute to America's two greatest choreographers


Danielle Evans: The Office of Historical Corrections review - what happens when history comes knocking

Short fiction that summons the past to put the present to the test

Anna Neima: The Utopians review – after horror, six quests for the good life

A timely exploration of post-Great War bids to build heaven on earth

Victoria Mas: The Mad Women's Ball review - compelling plot meets disquieting history

Reimagining the lives of the women incarcerated in the Hôpital Pitié-Salpêtrière

visual arts

Pre-Raphaelites: Drawings & Watercolours, Ashmolean Museum review - a rich array

Some of Britain's most popular artists highlight the importance and beauty of drawing

The Making of Rodin, Tate Modern review - surrealist tendencies

The sculptor is recast as a proto-modernist in a show focused on works in plaster

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