sat 17/04/2021

Features & Interviews

The Royal Ballet - variations on a comeback

Jenny Gilbert

Like the British high street, the once richly diverse landscape of dance in the UK is likely to look very different once lockdown is fully lifted. There will be losses, noticeably among the smaller companies whose survival was always precarious. There will be downsizings. There will be painful gaps where a major talent has given up the fight, retired to run a flower shop or become a hill farmer.

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

Mark Kidel

The Master Musicians of Joujouka, described by William Burroughs as a “4000 year-old rock’n’roll band”, and recorded by Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones in the late 1960s, have always been something of a cult – even in their own land.

Filmmaker Darius Marder: 'Deafness is a...

Owen Richards

Sound of Metal has been a long time coming. Director and writer Darius Marder faced years of delays ranging from casting changes to the whole world...

Extract: TV by Susan Bordo


"Television and I grew up together." As a baby boomer born in 1947, Susan Bordo is roughly the same age as our beloved gogglebox, which began life as...

First Person: violinist Abigail Young on getting...

Abigail Young

February 2020: an item a long way down the agenda of the nightly news caused me to remark, fairly casually, “I wonder if that will affect me”....

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

Dame Fanny Waterman (1920-2020) - some recollections, with love and affection

Adam Gatehouse

The Leeds International Piano Competition's Artstic Director remembers its founder

First Person: conductor Johannes Vogel on Beethoven’s Ninth as re-orchestrated by Mahler

Johannes Vogel

The importance of celebrating the anniversary year’s end with a bang

First Person(s): soprano Susan Bullock and baritone William Dazeley on filming Britten’s Owen Wingrave

Susan Bullock And William Dazeley

Grange Park Opera makes the most of Covid restrictions by producing a TV opera

Filmmaker Frank Marshall: 'People don’t understand what geniuses The Bee Gees were'

Owen Richards

Director of the new Bee Gees documentary discusses the brothers' legacy in music

Not-quite-solitude on the 34th floor: violinist Maxine Kwok on the short film 'Rising'

Maxine Kwok

The LSO player relates her lockdown experience in the City of London she loves so much

First Person: Avi Avital on 'Art of the Mandolin'

Avi Avital

Master of an exquisite instrument turns to works written specifically for it

‘Our whole industry is supported by vulnerable freelance creators': Chen Reiss on the artist in a time of Coronavirus

Chen Reiss

The soprano, now on screen in the Royal Opera 'Ariodante', on recognition for performers

First Person: Paul Bullock on making BBC Young Jazz Musician 2020

Paul Bullock

The BBC Young Musician executive editor on the challenges of making the competition work for TV in lockdown

Book extract: Nativity by Jean Frémon, with drawings by Louise Bourgeois


Reckoning with the question of how to represent Christ

First Person: horn player Alec Frank-Gemmill on authenticity and enlightenment in lockdown

Alec Frank-Gemmill

Treading a fine line in Brahms between historical evidence and creative freedom


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