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'For classical musicians, Radiohead are the band'

Alexandra Coghlan

The first time I interviewed Richard Tognetti he told me a story. Prior to touring the Australian Chamber Orchestra to Japan, the group’s leader and artistic director was...

Daniil Trifonov, Royal Festival Hall

Jessica Duchen

Daniil Trifonov, 23, has shot to prominence as one of the hottest pianistic properties of the moment. With multiple competition wins behind him, including the Tchaikovsky in his...

Andrea Motis / Joan Chamorro Quintet, Pizza Express Jazz Club

Matthew Wright

Amy Winehouse, Esperanza Spalding, and Roberto Fonseca were the names tossed and bandied after a London debut of extraordinary charm and maturity from the 19-year-old Spanish...

Next Fall, Southwark Playhouse

Marianka Swain

Britain has entered a “post-Christian” era, declared former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams earlier this year: we acknowledge its cultural presence, but Christianity is no...

Life After Beth

Emma Simmonds

Zombies have feelings too. That's the message at the heart of writer-director Jeff Baena's debut Life After Beth, which begins its life as a sensitive indie comedy with a winning...

Turner Prize 2014, Tate Britain

Fisun Güner

When did Big Ideas make a comeback at the Turner Prize? Did they ever go away? In its 30-year history it seems that everything that wasn’t painting has been labelled “conceptual...

The Edge of Our Bodies, Gate Theatre

Heather Neill

Sixteen-year-old Bernadette is determined to write short stories. She's a promising writer, describing her own feelings, the...

Still the Enemy Within

Nick Hasted

You expect the tears, anger and pride, as NUM veterans relive Britain’s defining industrial dispute, 30 years later. The...

Dangerous Corner, Richmond Theatre

Marianka Swain

In his otherwise unremarkable 1932 debut play Dangerous Corner, JB Priestley employs a promising framing device that hints...

Vance Joy, Institute, Birmingham

Guy Oddy

Vance Joy does not pull in the kind of crowd that you might imagine would be wowed by a ukulele or an acoustic guitar. In...

Ming: 50 Years That Changed China, British Museum

Marina Vaizey

Here be dragons, and plum blossoms in moonlight, model chariots, 15th-century paper money, weaponry and armour, embroidered...

Draft Day

Karen Krizanovich

Draft Day should have been a contenda. As it stands, it's a football film for people who like football but who hate film....

10 Questions for Soprano Sandrine Piau

Sebastian Scotney

French soprano Sandrine Piau, born in 1965 in a south-western suburb of Paris, has an agile, supple voice. It soars, so...

Sahara Soul, Barbican

Heidi Goldsmith

Exoticisation, at an event named "Sahara Soul", was perhaps inevitable. With Tuareg jewellery and souvenirs in the foyer,...

Kylie, iTunes Festival, Roundhouse

Fisun Güner

Does Kylie exist without spectacle? Take away the 6ft headgear, the sparkly hotpants, the spangly corsets, the team of super...

theartsdesk in Bamberg: Top Town, Top Orchestra

David Nice

As a town of 70,000 or so people, Bamberg boxes dazzlingly above its weight in at least two spheres. The Bamberg Symphony...

Carthy Hardy Farrell Young + Newton, Cecil Sharp House

Tim Cumming

Each of them is a solo, duo or group artist of high renown, but together, something special happens. On record it’s called...

Rudy's Rare Records, Hackney Empire

Naima Khan

This stage adaptation of Danny Robins' Radio 4 drama is a feel-good show packed with snappy one-liners from a gaggle of...

Reissue CDs Weekly: Black Widow

Kieron Tyler

Black Widow: SacrificeIt wasn’t John Lennon’s fault, but things weren’t the same after the “bigger than Jesus” scandal of...

The James Plays, National Theatre

Demetrios Matheou

Rona Munro’s trilogy of plays about Scotland’s Stuart kings premiered at the Edinburgh Festival when Scottish independence...

Remembering Christopher Hogwood (1941-2014)

theartsdesk

He was not only a bracing conductor/harpsichordist pioneer in period-instrument authenticity, writes David Nice, but also a...

Manon, Royal Ballet

Hanna Weibye

In a moment of wild fantasy, I thought I might try and write a whole review of Manon without mentioning sex. After all,...

theartsdesk Q&A: Singer-songwriter Vashti Bunyan

Joe Muggs

The story of Vashti Bunyan is a compelling one. The urbane Sixties would-be popstrel who gave it all up to ride up to a...

Flowers of the Forest, Jermyn Street Theatre

Caroline Crampton

As we arrive at the last few months of 2014, the temptation to say “Enough! No more!” to representations of the First World...

 

VANCE JOY, INSTITUTE, BIRMINGHAM Folk-popper turns up the volume for a sell-out tour

TURNER PRIZE 2014, TATE BRITAIN Poor art and pretentious art, with lashings of art gobbledygook - not a vintage year

DVD: GOLTZIUS AND THE PELICAN COMPANY First-class, fascinating director's interview accompanies Greenaway's DVD latest

THE EDGE OF OUR BODIES, GATE THEATRE American coming-of-age drama gets the Gate's 35th anniversary season off to a gripping start

STILL THE ENEMY WITHIN Intimate and moving documentary shows the Miners' Strike's human cost

disc of the day

CD: Hozier - Hozier

Irish singer-songerwriter's debut contains rich pickings

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Six of the best: Theatre

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Six of the best: Film

theartsdesk recommends the half-dozen top movies out now

Six of the best: Art

theartsdesk recommends the half-dozen top exhibitions

film

Life After Beth

Jeff Baena's deliciously daft debut is a rom-zom-com starring Aubrey Plaza

Still the Enemy Within

Intimate and moving documentary shows the Miners' Strike's human cost

DVD: Goltzius and the Pelican Company

First-class, fascinating director's interview accompanies Greenaway's DVD latest

tv

Marvellous, BBC Two

Toby Jones shines in a fantasy football drama that happens to be true

Jungle Atlantis, BBC Two

New technology brings revelations from Cambodia's astounding mega-city

Scott & Bailey, Series 4, ITV

Manchester's detective duo are as disaster-prone as ever

new music

Andrea Motis / Joan Chamorro Quintet, Pizza Express Jazz Club

Teenage Spanish prodigy makes London debut, ready for the giant footsteps

CD: Hozier - Hozier

Irish singer-songerwriter's debut contains rich pickings

Vance Joy, Institute, Birmingham

Folk-popper turns up the volume for a sell-out tour

classical

'For classical musicians, Radiohead are the band'

Richard Tognetti of the Australian Chamber Orchestra on premiering a new work by Jonny Greenwood

Daniil Trifonov, Royal Festival Hall

Plenty to treasure in the prizewinning young Russian pianist's colossal programme

10 Questions for Soprano Sandrine Piau

The former harpist who became the connoisseur's soprano of choice for Baroque and early music

opera

10 Questions for Soprano Sandrine Piau

The former harpist who became the connoisseur's soprano of choice for Baroque and early music

Remembering Christopher Hogwood (1941-2014)

Tributes to the conductor, scholar and gentleman from musicians who worked with him

DiDonato, Lyon Opera Orchestra, Minasi, Barbican Hall

This Artist Spotlight opens with a bel canto bang

theatre

Next Fall, Southwark Playhouse

American play exploring religion and homosexuality needs a bolder angle

The Edge of Our Bodies, Gate Theatre

American coming-of-age drama gets the Gate's 35th anniversary season off to a gripping start

Dangerous Corner, Richmond Theatre

Early JB Priestley thriller fails to provide any thrills

visual arts

Turner Prize 2014, Tate Britain

Poor art and pretentious art, with lashings of art gobbledygook - not a vintage year

Ming: 50 Years That Changed China, British Museum

More than blue and white porcelain emerged from the 300-year dynasty

theartsdesk in Bamberg: Top Town, Top Orchestra

Conductor Jonathan Nott's world-class team is only one reason for visiting Germany's jewel

dance

Manon, Royal Ballet

MacMillan's moral maze still fascinates in its 40th year

The Murmuring/ Metheus/ Mesmerics, BalletBoyz, Linbury Studio Theatre

New works show all-male company on top form

KnowBody, Sadler's Wells

Older performers show dance is not just a young person's game

comedy

Lee Evans, O2 Arena

No amount of fart gags and racing about can hide the cobwebs on these jokes

Luisa Omielan, Soho Theatre

Joyous and raucous hymn to modern womanhood

Forbidden Broadway, Vaudeville Theatre

Fearless foursome spoofs the poker-faced and the overblown in magnificent Menier transfer

gaming

Wasteland 2

The post-apocalyptic role-playing game series emerges from the vault, after 25 years…

Goat Simulator

You'll believe a goat can sort of fly

Destiny

The biggest game of a generation leaves an empty hole in space

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