fri 18/06/2021

Features & Interviews

From cancellation to new vigour: pianist and artistic director Joseph Middleton on Leeds Lieder

Joseph Middleton

April 2020 was to have been the celebratory 10th Anniversary Festival of Leeds Lieder, the organisation I’ve been fortunate enough to direct since late 2014.

First Person: Director Maria Aberg on drawing fresh inspiration for the future

Maria Aberg

When theatres in the UK closed last March, I found myself in a vacuum. Having been a freelance theatre director for over 15 years, I was used to busy – juggling a hectic schedule of directing shows with the reality of being a mum to two toddlers. Inspiration was something I might find in between opening nights, meetings and nursery runs – if I was lucky.

First Person: playwright Tanika Gupta on being...

Tanika Gupta

On the first day of rehearsals for Out West at the Lyric Hammersmith in May, myself and fellow playwrights Roy Williams and Simon Stephens stood,...

Glastonbury Festival: Live at Worthy Farm...

Caspar Gomez

INTERLUDE 1: INVALID CODE-AGEDDON6.45 PM on Saturday 22nd May and all is well. Like tens of thousands of others across the UK (or maybe even more?)...

Music books to end lockdown: Sam Lee, Hawkwind,...

Tim Cumming

It won’t be long now before concert halls and back rooms, arts centres and festival grounds fill with people again, and live music, undistanced,...

Christa Ludwig, 1928-2021: a selective tribute

David Nice

The German mezzo-soprano embraced the light and the dark at a transcendental level

Extract: Blackface by Ayanna Thompson


Examining the history and legacies of this racist performance mode

First Person: Boris Giltburg on lockdown interruptions to filming Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas

Boris Giltburg

The Moscow-born Israeli pianist on an odyssey that took several unexpected turns

First Person: composer and Renaissance man Tunde Jegede on transcending genres

Tunde Jegede

Crossing boundaries for Southampton's 'Mayflower 400: Voyages of the Heart' project

Helen McCrory: 'If there's one interesting thing about acting it's trying to lose your ego'

Jasper Rees

Three encounters with the great actor who has died at the age of 52

The Royal Ballet - variations on a comeback

Jenny Gilbert

How one major ballet company survived to dance another day

The Master Musicians of Joujouka review - a 4000 year-old rock'n'roll band

Mark Kidel

Healing music from the Rif Mountains of Morocco

Filmmaker Darius Marder: 'Deafness is a culture. That's not being PC'

Owen Richards

Writer and director on Sound of Metal's long journey from concept to award nominations

Extract: TV by Susan Bordo


On 75 years of changing TV, changing habits and the relationship between TV and Trump

First Person: violinist Abigail Young on getting back to her Japanese orchestra in Covid year

Abigail Young

Leader of the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa on the trials of returning to what she loves

Extract from Sauntering: Writers Walk Europe, introduced and edited by Duncan Minshull


An ode to leisurely aimlessness

First Person: Anna Lucia Richter on Monteverdi and a transition from soprano to mezzo

Anna Lucia Richter

A last gift from the pre-Covid era followed by surprises in a time of pandemic

theartsdesk Q&A: Daryl Hall

Owen Richards

Legendary singer-songwriter talks recording, vaccines and reaching a billion streams

First Person: Clare Norburn on how she came to write her ambitious Zoom-era drama, 'Love in the Lockdown'

Clare Norburn

Writer-producer Clare Norburn elaborates upon her self-isolation online play

‘The Healing Power of Music’: composer Nigel Hess on great-aunt Myra’s wartime concerts

Nigel Hess

Parallels between lockdown solace and a great Dame's National Gallery events

Britney Spears (1998-present): The Video Special

Thomas H Green

Britney on video: 23 years of salacious self-objectification and hyper-kitsch

Disc of the Day 10th Anniversary: the level playing field

Joe Muggs

Ten years of record reviews show how sometimes deranged variety works in our (and the records') favour

Reviewing music off-piste: reflections on working beyond the comfort zone

Mark Kidel

The joy of adventure on unfamiliar ground

Classical musicians on life after Brexit - 4: singers speak out

Nicky Spence

Top tenor Nicky Spence introduces five other distinguished voices on the visa debacle

Classical musicians on life after Brexit - 3: violinist Sara Deborah Struntz-Timossi

Sara Deborah Struntz-Timossi

Another previously free-ranging player adds her voice to individual stories featured here

Classical musicians on life after Brexit - 2: violinist Victoria Sayles

Victoria Sayles

First sequel to pianist Sophia Rahman's assembly of musical voices on the visa situation

'The total confusion about post-Brexit rules adds to the distress': classical musicians speak out

Sophia Rahman

Ten players and administrators on the fallout in government restrictions to EU touring

'Having to establish a real conversation with the audience is a good challenge': Raffaello Morales on a possible musical future

Raffaello Morales

Pioneer of a rare 2020 success story, the Fidelio Orchestra Cafe, on adapting to change

Book extract: Fat by Hanne Blank


The multiple personalities of a public enemy, sexual fetish and essential organ


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