sun 04/12/2022

Features & Interviews

Remembering Wilko: unforgettable encounters with the Dr Feelgood guitarist

Mark Hudson

Looking back on the most exciting, atmospheric and musically challenging gigs I’ve seen to date, there are several contenders in each category. But for the distinction of THE MOST DISTURBING GIG I’VE EVER BEEN TO there is only one possible option: the night in autumn 1973 when I saw a band called Dr Feelgood supporting Ducks Deluxe, a bluesy soully pub rock band in – of all places – Surbiton Assembly Rooms.

An open letter from Dame Sarah Connolly and colleagues to Arts Council England

Sarah Connolly

The decision of Arts Council England to withdraw funding from the English National Opera and force it to move out of London is not only another hammer blow to the opera industry but it has huge ramifications for the extensive number of British freelance artists the company employs.

First Person: conductor Leo Hussain on why we...

Leo Hussain

I still remember vividly my first encounter with ENO. I was taken, as a nine-year-old boy, on a school trip to see a performance of Peter Grimes. And...

'We needed to find the perfect sound of...

Shelley Roden

The projection screen reflects light onto the Foley stage. I can just make out the edges of the built-in cement and metal surfaces around the...

'We wanted to emphasise the “ordinariness”...

Sally Beamish

I was first approached by Quaker Concern for the Abolition of Torture (Q-CAT) in 2016 with the idea of a creating a piece of music to raise awareness...

Leslie Phillips: 'I can be recognised by my voice alone'

Jasper Rees

Saying goodbye to the actor famous for saying hello

First Person: composer and co-founder of The Multi-Story Orchestra Kate Whitley on car-park creativity

Kate Whitley

Enabling young people from all walks of life to be themselves in a wonderful environment

‘Stripping naked the process of making theatre’: Martin Crimp talks about his latest play

Aleks Sierz

The playwright talks about 'Not One of These People', which he is performing himself, digital creativity and constraints on authorship

First Persons: co-music directors Jasdeep Singh Degun and Laurence Cummings on their new Opera North 'Orpheus'

Jasdeep Singh Degun And Laurence Cummings

Premiering tonight in Leeds, a project that's so much more than lip-service to diversity

theartsdesk in Kyiv - defiant new operatic epic in an empty gallery

Kevin Sullivan

Plaintive affirmation of the human and the divine in the Khanenko Museum of Art

'Serving the community means representing the narratives of our time': Elena Dubinets on her responsibilities as the LPO's Artistic Director

Elena Dubinets

Music as home, from Rachmaninov to Iyer, in the London Philharmonic's new season

theartsdesk at Musikfest Berlin - orchestral and choral rainbows around the clock

David Nice

Superb musicians from Berlin and elsewhere in far from conventional repertoire

First Person: violinist and music director Bjarte Eike on bringing the Playhouse to his 'Alehouse Sessions'

Bjarte Eike

Barokksolistene's freewheeling spirit of delight returns to the Southbank tomorrow

Jean-Luc Godard (1930-2022)

Nick Hasted

Remembering cinema's eternal, loving revolutionary

BBC Proms 2022 - silence after Mass

David Nice

No official Last Night, for the first time ever, but it's been an extraordinary season

First Person: Geoffrey Paterson on conducting the London Sinfonietta and working with Marius Neset

Geoffrey Paterson

The conductor's 51st concert with a legendary ensemble due at the Proms tomorrow

First Persons: Glyndebourne's sustainability advisers Sara and Jeremy Eppel on creating eco-friendly opera

Sara And Jeremy Eppel

This season's production of 'The Wreckers' leads the way towards net zero

First Person: Michael Volpe on the utopian thinking behind his new If Opera company

Michael Volpe

Bold aims for country-house opera with a difference

First Person: tenor Cyrille Dubois on recording all Fauré's songs

Cyrille Dubois

Chapter and verse on a fascinating project, already much acclaimed here

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

Mark Bromley

This splendid institution's CEO explains its egalitarian role in the musical ecosystem

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

David Nice

The biggest and best musical family in the world gathers again by the shores of the Baltic

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

Nick Hasted

A bruising encounter with the late director on inventing Jack Nicholson, and terminal films

First Person: Angela Slater on reaping the rewards of the LPO's Young Composers programme

Angela Slater

Working with the best musicians towards one of a number of premieres on Thursday

2022 Parliamentary Jazz Awards: baubles, bromides and birthdays

Peter Quinn

A welcome return to in-person for this 18th edition of the awards

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


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