sun 03/03/2024

Features & Interviews

First Person: violinist Tom Greed on breaking down barriers in the presentation of chamber music

Tom Greed

For musicians, the period from early 2020 to mid-2021 was one of great reflection, with so many questions to puzzle over. Could we satisfy the basic need to interact with others and express ourselves? What on earth was Zoom, and how, as performers, could we learn to use technology to provide live experiences? Would things ever go back to the way they were? And should they?

First Person: Ten Years On - Flamenco guitarist Paco Peña pays tribute to his friend, the late, great Paco de Lucía

Paco Peña

There are moments that forever remain imprinted in our consciousness, engraved on the general map of our lives. I cannot forget the excitement of seeing snow for the first time in Córdoba, aged three or four, rushing to walk on it only to slip straight away and fall on my behind! Or when I discovered the sea, in Cádiz.

First Person: pioneering juggler Sean Gandini...

Sean Gandini

I am a juggler. My wife Kati Ylä-Hokkala is also a juggler. Our life for the last three decades has been juggling. We have been fortunate to be...

First Person: contralto Hilary Summers on going...

Hilary Summers

Back in the summer of 2020 when the arts industry was largely dormant and many professional singers were either moodily knocking back the gin or...

Best of 2023: Books


From wandering Rachmaninoff to Ulysses tribute, or a poet’s boyhood in Dundee to sleeplessness and arboreal inner lives, our reviewers share their...

Best of 2023: Classical music concerts

David Nice

No drop in orchestral high standards, and youth shines again

Best of 2023: Theatre

Matt Wolf

The National Theatre fielded hit after hit, and smaller venues scored as well

Best of 2023: Film


Kicking off the top choices of the year, theartsdesk's film critics cast their net wide

theartsdesk in Ravenna - Riccardo Muti passes on a lifetime's operatic wisdom

David Nice

Three unforgettable evenings with the most experienced living exponent of Italian opera

Powell and Pressburger: The Composers

Graham Rickson

Two musicians, both largely forgotten, gave the duo's films much of their power

Powell and Pressburger: A Celtic storm brewing

Kristin M Jones

The Archers stepped up their wartime campaign against materialism with the mystical Scottish romance 'I Know Where I'm Going!'

First Person: novelist Pip Adam on the sound of injustice

Pip Adam

Author Pip Adam describes how her time working in prisons and interest in the jurisprudence of noise gave life to her recent sci-fi novel, 'Audition'

Michael Powell: a happy time with Bartók’s Bluebeard

David Nice

Fine performers in perfect balance with fantastical visuals for this profound one-act opera

First Person: Natalia Franklin Pierce, Executive Director of Nonclassical, on 'creating a sense of belonging'

Natalia Franklin Pierce

On bringing classical music to wider audiences - and appealing for help in a good cause

Powell and Pressburger: In Prospero's Room

Nick Hasted

A magical day at Derek Jarman’s Dungeness cottage, dancing with the ghosts of Shakespeare, Powell and Pressburger

Powell and Pressburger: the glueman cometh

Graham Fuller

A perverse village magus plays god with three wartime pilgrims in 'A Canterbury Tale', the Archers' strangest film

theartsdesk at Wexford Festival Opera - four operas and a recital in one crazy day

David Nice

Youth takes the comedy award in fringe delights alongside a well-done schlocky rarity

Powell and Pressburger: Spy masters

Demetrios Matheou

Though less renowned, Powell and Pressburger’s wartime spy films put some of Alfred Hitchcock’s in the shade

Powell and Pressburger: Battleships and Byron

Hugh Barnes

The 1950s war films 'The Battle of the River Plate' and 'Ill Met By Moonlight' turned a clapped-out genre into art

theartsdesk in Ukraine - Stankovych's 'Psalms of War' at the Lviv National Opera

Ed Vulliamy

A powerful new work written in blood from the inside

Michael Powell interview - 'I had no idea that critics were so innocent'

Saskia Baron

In an interview Powell gave to City Limits in 1986, he discussed the furore over his misunderstood masterpiece 'Peeping Tom' and his wrangles with David O Selznick

theartsdesk at Salzburg Jazz & the City Festival - perfection in free venues

Sebastian Scotney

The ideal setting for cleverly programmed European jazz

Martin Scorsese's 'Mean Streets' - a triumph of personal filmmaking

Demetrios Matheou

Martin Scorsese’s breakthrough film celebrates its 50th anniversary this month

Powell and Pressburger's 'The Red Shoes' - art and nothing but

Hugh Barnes

The indelible ballet classic was the Archers' first attempt at a 'composed' film

They had a good war: Powell and Pressburger's no-nonsense heroines

Helen Hawkins

In the Archers' 1940s classics women are frequently indomitable opponents

'Glorious, isn't it?' Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's Subversive Cinema

Graham Fuller

theartsdesk opens a series timed to the BFI's Powell and Pressburger season

London Film Festival 2023 - Scorsese on Scorsese

Nick Hasted

The master looks back from 'Mean Streets' to 'Flower Moon', live in London

First Person: Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Lang on the original Jewish love story

David Lang

Music, poetry and movement combine in 'Song of Songs', now running at the Barbican

Reckoning with the Jimmy Savile legacy - Steve Coogan stars in BBC One's four-part 'factual drama'

Adam Sweeting

Is Savile's career of evil suitable for prime-time entertainment?


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