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Ed Vaizey: 'We must invest more in the arts'

Ed Vaizey

A couple of weeks ago, I held a debate in Parliament in which I called for the government to increase funding for the arts, museums and heritage. The Chancellor’s autumn statement...

Stravinsky: Myths and Rituals 4, Philharmonia, Salonen, RFH

David Nice

Stravinsky's music, chameleonic yet always itself, offers so many lines of thought. One struck me immediately with the descending, even harp notes and tender, veiled strings at...

First Person: The Juilliard Experiment

Mark Kidel

When the French painter Fabienne Verdier told me she’d been invited to explore the relationship between painting and music at the world-famous Juilliard School in New York, I knew...

Tubular Brass play Tubular Bells, Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Graham Rickson

Sandy Smith’s brass band transcription of Tubular Bells is an improbable triumph. He draws heavily on composer David Bedford’s 1970s orchestral arrangement, along with Mike...

James Acaster, Touring

Veronica Lee

Five nominations for the Edinburgh Comedy Award are surely a recommendation for James Acaster – and with his intelligent, offbeat humour and a wry delivery, he has rightly built...

CD: Gruff Rhys - Set Fire to the Stars

Barney Harsent

Super Furry Animals front man Gruff Rhys is a quietly prolific talent. Every few years or so, there’ll be another album, complete with the kind of thought-through concept that...

First Person: Steven Isserlis on Schumann's advice to the young

Steven Isserlis

All musicians have particular musical passions, composers, styles or genres to which they are irresistibly drawn. I have...

Reissue CDs Weekly: John Foxx

Kieron Tyler

In 1985, John Foxx released In Mysterious Ways: his fourth solo album since leaving Ultravox in 1979. In 1980, he had...

Lammermuir Festival 2016, East Lothian

David Kettle

It’s just a short trip down the A1 from Edinburgh. But East Lothian – with its big skies, wide-open spaces, empty beaches...

CD: Van Morrison - Keep Me Singing

Matthew Wright

“In time, you’ll be mine,” sings Van Morrison in the opening song to his first new collection in four years. That line sets...

David Gilmour, Royal Albert Hall

Russ Coffey

A single guitar note rang out over smouldering synth-chords. It was bent up a tone and then wavered in the air before...

Abstract Expressionism, Royal Academy

Marina Vaizey

Gorgeous, sumptuous, thrilling: here comes Abstract Expressionism riding into town, the first major overview in London since...

Imogen, Shakespeare's Globe

David Nice

What's in a name? Imogen has a softer music to it than Cymbeline, the only one of Shakespeare's plays in which the title...

Pilgrims, The Yard Theatre

Aleks Sierz

At its best, theatre is great at putting resonant metaphors on stage. And, as Elinor Cook’s new play abundantly proves, the...

Benedetti, LPO, Jurowski, RFH

Gavin Dixon

Vladimir Jurowski began his latest season as Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic with a typically bold and...

CD: Pixies – Head Carrier

Guy Oddy

For a few years after their 2004 reformation, it looked like Pixies were going to be more than happy as a heritage act,...

Classical CDs Weekly: Copland, Charlemagne Palestine, Lincoln Trio

Graham Rickson

Copland: Orchestral Works Volume 2 Jonathan Scott (organ),BBC Philharmonic Orchestra/John Wilson (Chandos)This disc is a...

Paranoid, ITV

Jasper Rees

They keep on coming, these crime dramas, from every direction. The Viking invasion continues, the co-productions with France...

William Kentridge: Thick Time, Whitechapel Gallery

Alison Cole

Of all the mesmerising images in William Kentridge’s major Whitechapel show, the one that lingers most, perhaps, is that of...

Good Canary, Rose Theatre, Kingston

Jenny Gilbert

Very occasionally the playing of a play leaves a deeper impression than does the play itself. This is the case with Good...

Così fan tutte, Royal Opera

David Nice

Prospects hadn't seemed that great for this new Covent Garden Così. Could Semyon Bychkov, powerful earth-and-fire conductor...

The Magnificent Seven

Adam Sweeting

As we know, Hollywood loves a remake, and John Sturges's original Magnificent Seven from 1960 is now venerable enough to be...

Brexit: A Very British Coup?, BBC Two

Barney Harsent

This look back at the events earlier this year when the country elected to buy a car, sight unseen – and from proven liars...

Blu-ray: The Glass Key/The Blue Dahlia

Graham Fuller

In popular accounts of Hollywood history, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, the insolent real-life first couple of Warner...

 

WILLIAM KENTRIDGE: THICK TIME, WHITECHAPEL GALLERY A parallel universe revealed in immersive installations and monumental tapestries

BJÖRK, ROYAL ALBERT HALL Can the Icelander's voice and chamber ensemble fill the Albert Hall?

GOOD CANARY, ROSE THEATRE, KINGSTON John Malkovich proves himself an ace director in addiction drama

BLU-RAY: THE GLASS KEY/THE BLUE DAHLIA Two film noirs showcase the impeccable coolness of Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake

COSI FAN TUTTE, ROYAL OPERA Conducting, not production, kills pace, singing – and Mozart

PARANOID, ITV Hectic northern crime drama starring Lesley Sharp and Indira Varma lacks characters

disc of the day

CD: Gruff Rhys - Set Fire to the Stars

The Super Furries frontman releases a soundtrack that stands tall and on its own merits

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tv

Paranoid, ITV

Hectic northern crime drama starring Lesley Sharp and Indira Varma lacks characters

Brexit: A Very British Coup?, BBC Two

A look back at recent events helps to get clarity, but not closure

Gaga for Dada: The Original Art Rebels, BBC Four

Inspiring student pranks and political satire, Dada is the lifeblood of 20th century culture

film

First Person: The Juilliard Experiment

Introducing an intimate film of a painter working to music, premiered at Raindance

The Magnificent Seven

They are undoubtedly seven, but are they magnificent?

Six of the best: Film

theartsdesk recommends the half-dozen top films out now

new music

Tubular Brass play Tubular Bells, Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Mike Oldfield's 70s classic. Performed live. With extra trombones.

CD: Gruff Rhys - Set Fire to the Stars

The Super Furries frontman releases a soundtrack that stands tall and on its own merits

Reissue CDs Weekly: John Foxx

Lavish package devoted to the three ‘Cathedral Oceans’ albums

classical

First Person: Steven Isserlis on Schumann's advice to the young

The cellist and writer on a new book annotating a great composer's wisdom

Lammermuir Festival 2016, East Lothian

Biggest and boldest event yet for Scotland's early autumn musical harvest

Benedetti, LPO, Jurowski, RFH

Imaginative programme delivered with intensity and precision

opera

Così fan tutte, Royal Opera

Conducting, not production, kills pace, singing – and Mozart

La Canterina, Classical Opera, Page, Wigmore Hall

Youthful elixir revives Haydn's sparkling material girl

Norma, Royal Opera

This contemporary religious fantasy of a Norma creates a striking spectacle

theatre

Imogen, Shakespeare's Globe

Sound and vision blazon the new regime, but this is vintage Shakespeare

Pilgrims, The Yard Theatre

The metaphor of mountain climbing resonates in new sex-war drama

Good Canary, Rose Theatre, Kingston

John Malkovich proves himself an ace director in addiction drama

visual arts

Abstract Expressionism, Royal Academy

Energy, alcohol and bucketloads of paint: a triumphant reunion for New York's most exciting artists

William Kentridge: Thick Time, Whitechapel Gallery

A parallel universe revealed in immersive installations and monumental tapestries

Gaga for Dada: The Original Art Rebels, BBC Four

Inspiring student pranks and political satire, Dada is the lifeblood of 20th century culture

dance

The Flames of Paris, Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Opera House

Emotion and politics skilfully combine in Ratmansky's old-new ballet about the French Revolution

The Taming of the Shrew, Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Opera House

Unfeminist comedy in Jean-Christophe Maillot's Shakespeare ballet

Swan Lake, Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Opera House

A peerless Odette almost makes up for production's psychological shortcomings

comedy

James Acaster, Touring

Beautifully crafted show of offbeat observations

Tom Ballard

Australian comic with a pleasingly original take on modern life

Edinburgh Fringe 2016: Zoë Coombs Marr/ Randy/ Sarah Callaghan

Latest instalment of comedy from the world's biggest and best arts festival

gaming

The Warlock of Firetop Mountain

A fun exercise in nostalgia that would benefit from more variety

No Man's Sky

The sky is not the limit in this open-universe adventure

Kentucky Route Zero: Act IV

The experimental narrative takes to the water with mixed results

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