tue 07/07/2020

Features & Interviews

Ennio Morricone 1928-2020: A lost afternoon in his apartment in Rome

Peter Culshaw

Ennio Morricone was a genius, or as close to that description as makes no odds. If we mean someone who created a unique body of work, one that changed culture, had a distincive style and was massively influential, then Morricone fitted the bill. theartsdesk's Joe Muggs was discussing today on Facebook and Mixmag his influence on dubstep and Jamaican music, for example.

'She spoke through her violin': Steven Isserlis on extraordinary meetings with Ida Haendel (192?-2020)

Steven Isserlis

So Ida has left us – a legend has departed. What a violinist! What a woman! Magnificent, unique, incorrigible – she was a law unto herself.

Theatre Lockdown Special 12: An American rarity,...

Matt Wolf

Can this weekly lineup really now be three months old?  As we move towards at least some degree of relaxation on the social restrictions that...

‘We are still standing and planning for the...

Svend McEwan-Brown

They say that you discover who your true friends are when you find yourself in direst need. East Neuk Festival, our success story on the Fife coast,...

'Composing supports children to understand...

Nancy Evans

Next month (July 2020) marks 20 years since I started work at Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, initially as their first Education Manager and...

Theatre Lockdown Special 11: Shakespeare-as-rave, a starlit Old Vic, and, yes, those singing nuns

Matt Wolf

Some celeb-heavy revivals and a kids-friendly showstopper feature amongst this week's lineup

'We must channel the energy and pain that is being expressed right now': Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE on time for action on diversity in classical music

Chi-chi Nwanoku

Chineke! founder and double bassist explains an open letter to the Prime Minister

Ian Holm, British film's best supporting actor

Jasper Rees

From King Lear to Bilbo Baggins - remembering the great film actor who vanquished stage fright

Theatre Lockdown Special 10: Epic plays from the National Theatre and Broadway alongside voices raised in protest

Matt Wolf

The state of Britain then and now gets a look-in, as do animals in human form

The power of resilience: flautist Noemi Gyori on positive ways to face adversity

Noemi Gyori

How performers, and others, might best deal with the current crisis

Theatre Lockdown Special 9: Alan Bennett revisited, and so is Oz

Matt Wolf

Some familiar titles, a 1913 rarity and a show in which the audience plays its part

'This experience has revealed just how much I love music': pianist Paul Lewis on life in lockdown

Paul Lewis

On the eve of his return to an empty Wigmore Hall, a very individual artist reflects

The music of isolation: conductor Ian Page on 18th century 'Sturm und Drang'

Ian Page

Inspiring mind behind the Mozartists marks the launch of a seven-volume series

Classical music/Opera direct to home 14 - sound and vision at the highest level

David Nice

Esoteric Berlin delights, two fine UK concerts, vivid Puccini and classical awards for all

Theatre Lockdown Special 8: A film star plays tough, and several familiar titles are examined anew

Matt Wolf

Tom Hiddleston reminds us of his stage roots, as does Christopher Walken as Captain Hook

Christo (1935-2020) - 'Beauty, science and art will always triumph'

Florence Hallett

One of the great visionaries of our era, Christo believed absolutely in art for art's sake

First Person: Gabriel Prokofiev on 14 years of his Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra

Gabriel Prokofiev

The composer reflects on a 21st century classic, newly recorded

Theatre Lockdown Special 7: Party politics and a Broadway titan or two

Matt Wolf

Early James Graham joins various Broadway legends, Irving Berlin and Jerry Herman amongst them

Larry Kramer: 'I think anger is a wonderful useful emotion'

Jasper Rees

Remembering the AIDS activist who wrote The Normal Heart and the screenplay for Women in Love

Tuning the focus inward: violinist Esther Yoo on performers facing their demons in a crisis

Esther Yoo

A timely reflection in Mental Health Awareness Month

The Songs of Coronavirus and Lockdown Life

Thomas H Green

The pandemic has given a worldwide cross section of quarantined musicians plenty to write about

'If they had been any closer my face would have misted up': filming 'Men at the Barre'

Richard Macer

The director Richard Macer had exclusive access to the male stars of the Royal Ballet. He describes what he discovered

'Artists' online rivalry feels stronger': pianist Joseph Moog on the difficulties of performing in lockdown

Joseph Moog

Fascinating interpreter of Liszt and others on where musicians find themselves now

Theatre Lockdown Special 6: A prolific playwright, a timeless play, and speeches galore

Matt Wolf

A popular American star vehicle and 'Alice in Wonderland' minute-by-minute figure among the cultural bounty during the week ahead

Avoiding meltdown from lockdown: Michael Chance on The Grange Festival's strategy for survival

Michael Chance

The countertenor and mastermind of a major summer opera event weighs up the future

'What Grandma said (Grandma’s Corona)': sonnets by Claudia Daventry

Claudia Daventry

The award-winning poet introduces her timely sequence mapping out all we have lost

'In a country of marvellous communicators': violinist Katherine Hunka on life with the Irish Chamber Orchestra

Katherine Hunka

The ICO's leader/sometime music director for 18 years shares the wonder of life in Ireland

Theatre Lockdown Special 5: A solo show for the ages, Ibsen refreshed, and yet more frolicsome cats

Matt Wolf

From a much-traveled one-man play to a continent-spanning National Theatre premiere, the theatrical week offers plenty so savour

Little Richard (1932-2020) - sexuality, spirituality and rock'n'roll's gospel roots

Mark Kidel

An appreciation of the late star's unique artistry


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