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Book extract: Second-Hand Time by Svetlana Alexievich

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Between 1991 and 2012, Belorussian journalist and oral historian Svetlana Alexievich travelled the countries that constituted the former USSR conducting interviews with the “the little great people” who had lived under Soviet communism and witnessed its demise. The resulting book, Second-Hand Time, is an oral history which tells through the words of ordinary people the end of what she, in her 2015 Nobel Prize lecture, called a “historical experiment”.

'The Academy and I': composer and viola-player Sally Beamish on a special relationship

Sally Beamish

I was 13. It was a Saturday, and Mum was working. On this occasion she asked if I’d like to come along and bring a book. I was wearing a dress I’d made myself – psychedelic orange and pink, with red edging. It was 1969. I don’t remember what the book was, but I know I didn’t look at it once that day.

Book extract: Second-Hand Time by Svetlana...

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Between 1991 to 2012, Belorussian journalist and oral historian Svetlana Alexievich travelled the countries that constituted the former USSR...

Music for Youth's Judith Webster: '91%...

Judith Webster

Music resonates with everyone. It plays a powerful and evocative role in people’s lives; it punctuates our memories and changes our mood. We can all...

'These were the quartets that made us fall...

Dudok Quartet Amsterdam

As a string quartet, it’s not easy to distinguish yourselves from others. There are so many string quartets playing the great repertoire, and the...

First Person: Simon Stephens - the contemplation of kindness

Simon Stephens

A journey to the North, into the playwright's past, provides the genesis for ‘Light Falls’, opening at the Royal Exchange

First Person: Hannah Khalil on museum as metaphor in her new play for the RSC

Hannah Khalil

The playwright on 'A Museum in Baghdad', and how she discovered the story of Gertrude Bell

‘We must not allow boorish, opportunistic autocrats to hijack music’: Gabriela Montero on life and art

Gabriela Montero

The Venezuelan pianist and composer on the creative impulse and how she uses it

The deathless Alicia Alonso, in person

Ismene Brown

Remembering the woman who was Cuban ballet's legend and monster

theartsdesk at the Tsinandali Festival: young Caucasians join hands and instruments

David Nice

World-class chamber players and young orchestras on a Georgian country estate

Book extract: Insurrecto by Gina Apostol

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Extract III of III - She Rides along the Coast toward a Historic

Book extract: Insurrecto by Gina Apostol

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Extract II of III - Days of the Dead

Book extract: Insurrecto by Gina Apostol

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Extract I of III - Translations

'A laboratory for everything': Jasper Parrott on the future of his classical music agency

Jasper Parrott

As Harrison Parrott celebrates 50 years with concerts on Sunday, its main mover reflects

Jessye Norman, 1945-2019

David Nice

The great soprano has died at the age of 74, leaving behind a fabulous legacy

Charles Owen and Katya Apekisheva on the London Piano Festival: 'It's not just playing one concert and going home'

Charles Owen And Katya Apekisheva

On a meeting of musical friends with a Two-Piano Marathon at its heart

Simon Halsey on Tippett’s ‘A Child of Our Time’: ‘the biggest lesson was how to feel what he had written’

Simon Halsey

The CBSO Chorus's director on preparing a masterpiece, and working with the composer

Al Alvarez: 'If I drop dead this minute, I’ve had a ter­rific time'

Jasper Rees

An encounter with the literary daredevil and critic who published Sylvia Plath

theartsdesk in Hamburg: Reeperbahn Festival 2019 review

Kieron Tyler

Hustle, bustle, Matt Dillon and forehead-slappingly forceful Mancunians in sin city

'This goes beyond music and drama': tenor Nicky Spence on Martinů's 'The Greek Passion'

Nicky Spence

On his Christ-playing character in Opera North's new production of a Czech masterpiece

First Person: Matthew Xia on why his production of 'Amsterdam' feels especially pertinent and vital now

Matthew Xia

The director sets the scene for his debut production at the helm of Actors Touring Company

theartsdesk at the Southrepps Music Festival - world-class young musicians return to North Norfolk

David Nice

Pianist Martin James Bartlett and guitarist Sean Shibe help celebrate a big 10th birthday

Foragers of the Foreshore - London's mudlarks on show

Adrian Evans

The director of Totally Thames introduces this year's festival, including an exhibition of mudlarks and their finds

Power, politics and Peaky Blinders - the Shelby family return for Series 5

Adam Sweeting

Steam-punk gangsters invade the corridors of Westminster

Making new waves: Royce Vavrek on forging a libretto from Lars von Trier

Royce Vavrek

Missy Mazzoli's collaborator on their new operatic version of 'Breaking the Waves'

theartsdesk at the Pärnu Music Festival 2019 - super-orchestra, top clarinettists, transcendent strings

David Nice

Paavo Järvi motivates an ever-growing family of musicians in Estonia's summer capital

theartsdesk at Itinéraire Baroque 2019 - a musical journey through the Périgord

Alexandra Coghlan

Instrumental/vocal conversations and collisions celebrate the full breadth of the baroque

theartsdesk in Dalarna: Rhinegold in a Swedish barn by a lake

David Nice

Intimate Wagner works a treat with a uniformly world-class cast and a 32-piece orchestra

10th Odessa International Film Festival review - exquisite gay love stories and visionary new music

Peter Culshaw

Not so far from the war zone, the 'Cannes of the East' keeps the film flag flying

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