wed 12/08/2020

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Royal Opera House chief Tony Hall to the BBC - now what?

So Tony Hall moves from heading the Royal Opera House to taking over the BBC as its new Director-General. I can't for a moment imagine a rerun of that crucial mini-conversation between Helen Boaden and George Entwistle over the Jimmy Savile...

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Opinion: Bazalgette is welcome at the Arts Council

So the chairman of Big Brother TV becomes chairman of the Arts Council. Is it good or bad that Sir Peter Bazalgette will now hold the purse-strings for our publicly supported arts, the most debated, the most fragile, the most ephemeral elements of...

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Q&A Special: Arts Patron Donatella Flick

Donatella Flick, one of Britain's most important arts patrons, is furious. "Madness!" she cries in her lush Italian voice. "This is a country that was fantastic, and now there's a demolition going on, bit by bit!" We're sitting in Sir Winston...

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Cash for arts: should it be bums-per-pound or pounds-per-bum?

The organisation that channels public money to generate today's new classical music has been resoundingly condemned this week by all of Britain's most important composers. In an open letter, signed by Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Sir Peter Maxwell...

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theartsdesk in Belfast: A Place of Titanic Efforts

For a small(ish) city, Belfast punches well above its weight where the arts are concerned. Northern Ireland's capital may have only 270,000 residents (with a further 500,000 in its catchment area), but it has a notable array of large venues serving...

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Liz Forgan steps down as head of ACE

The Secretary of State for Culture, Jeremy Hunt, announced today that he will not reappoint Dame Liz Forgan as Chair of Arts Council England when her term ends in January 2013. Liz Forgan was appointed Arts Council England's Chair in February...

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theartsdesk Q&A: Arts Patron Jonathan Moulds

Critical, urgent, hard - those are the three words used about the challenge to get the rich to pay more for the arts by the new man at the tiller. He should know. Jonathan Moulds, European President at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, is one of the...

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Dance faces its Question Time - theartsdesk to hold live debate

As great changes happen in the British arts economy, what lies ahead for dance? What are the questions to ask about what we will watch in future, what we will create for others to see, what we will perform, what we will pay for?theartsdesk and the...

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Shared Experience: sharing the work

Opening up the process: Shared Experience's joint artistic director Polly Teale

Shared Experience is certainly living up to its name; in a radical departure from normal theatre conventions, the company is currently sharing part of its rehearsal process with audiences as it develops Helen Edmundson’s latest work, Mary Shelley,...

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London children offered 400 music scholarships

Private music patrons aim to raise £2 million to fund 400 scholarships for London children with a talent for music. The aim is to give steady four-year support for disadvantaged children to have Saturday lessons, individual coaching and group...

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Royal Opera & Royal Ballet, 2011-12 Season

The Royal Opera House's 2011-12 season takes place under the shadow of a 15 per cent cut in public funding and the looming London Olympics. There are 12 ballet bills and 18 opera nights, including one new opera and two new short ballets.Tony Hall,...

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Summary of main Arts Council winners and losers

A sliderule of 11-15 per cent reductions in annual grants by 2015, compared with this year, has been applied to Britain's major orchestras, opera, dance, theatre and music organisations. One major gainer is London's Barbican Centre - one major loser...

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