tue 09/08/2022

Features & Interviews

First Person: Mark Bromley of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain celebrates a milestone in its history

Mark Bromley

Television coverage of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend included footage filmed in the monochrome world of postwar Britain. Old ways of doing things, however jaded and narrow, were deeply ingrained then. Yet they were offset 70 years ago by the optimism of the new Elizabethan age and its egalitarian spirit of growth and renewal.

theartsdesk at the Pärnu Music Festival 2022 - conductors from 15 to 85, and the greatest players

David Nice

When I first came to Estonia with a then still-exiled Neeme Järvi and his Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra in 1989, the world-class young musicians who dazzled at this year’s Pärnu Music Festival hadn’t been born.

Bob Rafelson (1933-2022): New Hollywood's...

Nick Hasted

Bob Rafelson finally exiled himself, unable any longer to countenance the consuming nature of his filmmaking. As director, producer and writer in the...

First Person: Angela Slater on reaping the...

Angela Slater

When I applied to the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Young Composers programme and found out that I had been accepted, I was expecting to be working...

2022 Parliamentary Jazz Awards: baubles, bromides...

Peter Quinn

The winners of this year's Parliamentary Jazz Awards were announced at a convivial ceremony held on Tuesday night at Pizza Express Live Holborn....

theartsdesk in Zurich - forging a brilliant new Ring

David Nice

Gianandrea Noseda, Andreas Homoki and top cast dazzle in an unforgettable 'Rheingold'

First person: Ukrainian violinist Valeriy Sokolov on performing while his homeland is destroyed

Valeriy Sokolov

His home city of Kharkiv in ruins, a great musician plays on

First Person: director Richard Wilson on a musical midsummer night film premiere

Richard Wilson

Mendelssohn around London with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields

The superstar, the Svengali and a rising young talent

Mark Kidel

What can singer-songwriter Tom Webber learn from the Costello legacy?

First Person: composer Gavin Higgins on his new cantata 'The Faerie Bride'

Gavin Higgins

Aldeburgh premiere tonight for setting of Welsh tale about acceptance of the other

10 Questions for art historian and fiction writer Chloë Ashby

Hannah Hutchings-Georgiou

On sights, acts of seeing and book 'Wet paint', inspired by Manet’s 'A Bar at the Folies-Bergère'

Venice Biennale 2022 review - The Milk of Dreams Part 1: The Giardini

Mark Hudson

The biggest and most challenging exhibition you’ll be seeing in some time

First Person: folk violinist István 'Szalonna' Pál on true Magyar style

István 'Szalonna' Pál

Lynchpin of the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble on their visit to London

First Person: Christina McMaster - seeking musical cures for modern malaise

Christina McMaster

Lying down and listening; a pianist and healer contemplates her work

theartsdesk at the Dresden Music Festival - orchestral abundance in a spectacular setting

Gavin Dixon

The Saxon city’s world-famous orchestras front and centre in a full programme of events

'How that music was created remains to me a complete mystery': John Tomlinson on fellow Lancastrian Harrison Birtwistle

John Tomlinson

The great bass remembers the composer who wrote two roles with his voice in mind

Clubbing with the Stones: Live at El Mocambo

Tim Cumming

Prior to their European tour, one of the band's finest ever gigs sees the light of day

'An invitation to stillness and reflection': saxophonist and composer Christian Forshaw on collaborating with top choir Tenebrae

Christian Forshaw

On the vocal quality of his chosen instrument and an invitation to stillness

First Person: playwright Naomi Wallace on finally hearing her work performed in English

Naomi Wallace

Set in America, 'The Breach' was first seen in Paris, as its author explains

First Person: composer Michael Price on responding to Bach's Second Brandenburg Concerto

Michael Price

'The Malling Diamond' is one of six commissions for an ambitious Music@Malling project

Extract: Catching Fire by Daniel Hahn

Daniel Hahn

Laying bare the translator's quandaries, including the problem of gendered language

First Person: playwright Chinonyerem Odimba on birthing her potent and timely new show

Chinonyerem Odimba

The musical 'Black Love' places the reality of racism centre-stage at the Kiln

Extract: Where My Feet Fall - Going For A Walk in Twenty Stories

Duncan Minshull

Writing in the year of lockdown, writers remember their paths and paces

First Person: composer Mason Bates on the powers and perils of musical storytelling

Mason Bates

From Beethoven to Pink Floyd and 'Liquid Interface', premiered in the UK on Wednesday

Russians and friends play on for Ukraine

David Nice

Who's doing what, with focus on a fundraiser from Pavel Kolesnikov and Samson Tsoy

‘Slava Ukraini!’: Russian musicians worldwide show solidarity

David Nice

Ukrainian anthem performed in concerts everywhere is only the start of musical support

First Person: Tim Walker on crossing over from critic to playwright

Tim Walker

A longtime critic shifts gears to bring Gina Miller and Theresa May to the stage

‘Let me be your main course’: composer Jimmy López on why new music needs time and space

Jimmy López

Thoughts from a brilliant Peruvian, whose Piano Concerto is premiered on Wednesday

First Person: Pavel Šporcl on Paganini and the Czech violin tradition

Pavel Šporcl

A Bohemian master on a virtuoso and his followers, whose music he has just recorded

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