tue 30/09/2014

Features & Interviews

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 Orchestra, risen to giddy heights under its chief conductor of the last 14 years Jonathan Nott, is decisively among Germany’s top five, and acknowledged as such in its substantial state funding (to the enviable tune of 80 percent, a figure known elsewhere, I believe, only in Norway). And a galaxy of great buildings has won the place UNESCO World Heritage status. Strange,...

Remembering Christopher Hogwood (1941-2014)


He was not only a bracing conductor/harpsichordist pioneer in period-instrument authenticity, writes David Nice, but also a gentleman and a scholar. My only direct acquaintance with Christopher Hogwood, who died earlier this week at the age of 73, was in two projects dear to his heart: the recording of Handel’s Orlando, mentioned by its countertenor star James Bowman below as a highlight of his career, and his phenomenally well researched Haydn symphonies series, both for that handsomely logo-...

theartsdesk Q&A: Singer-songwriter Vashti...

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 hippie community in a horse-...

theartsdesk in Cadaqués: Inside Dalí

Markie Robson-Scott

In 1959, the walk to Salvador Dalí’s house in Portlligat seemed very long. I was on holiday with my parents in Cadaqués, staying in our friends’...

First Person: From Insolence to Defiance

Paul Simmonds

Not that long ago, certainly when I was old enough to know better, I managed to get myself mugged by a gang of teenage street girls down by Lisbon...

Opinion: What's the point of short film?

Debbi Lander

The director of the Encounters Film Festival leaps to the short film's defence

theartsdesk in Helsinki: Niubi Festival

Kieron Tyler

Head-spinning Mongolians, intense Indonesians and bull-roaring locals at the festival building bridges between Finland and east Asia

Immoral Tales: When Art Met Pornography

Kieron Tyler

Walerian Borowczyk's controversial, censor-baiting Seventies film is re-released

Happy Birthday To Us: theartsdesk is Five

Peter Culshaw

Huzzah! We're blowing out the candles on half a decade of cultural coverage

Listed: theartsdesk's Greatest Hits


To celebrate theartsdesk's fifth birthday, we share your favourite reads

theartsdesk in Limerick: A Royal Visit From Grandma

Veronica Lee

Royal de Luxe put on gigantic show in City of Culture

Joan Rivers, 1933-2014

Fisun Güner

The first lady of comedy whose biggest dread was an empty diary

LFF 2014: Programme Launch

Matt Wolf

Oscar hopeful war films to bookend 'bubbling cauldron' that is LFF

Time, Weather, Place: Folkestone Triennial 2014

Fisun Güner

Headless 'terror' chickens, a naff baroque beach hut, and digging for gold

theartsdesk in Budapest: Sziget to City

Tim Cumming

Fireworks, a festival, and a permanent display of Hungarian applied arts

Richard Attenborough, 1923-2014

Nick Hasted

As filmmaker and man, Attenborough had a tireless energy for useful work

theartsdesk in Verbier: Festival with Fireworks

Alexandra Coghlan

Mozart and Mahler at a festival that's about so much more than just star-power

Frightfest 2014: Preview

Katherine McLaughlin

Werewolves, psychopaths and bloody murders deliver disturbing delights

Lauren Bacall: 'Just put your lips together and blow'

Matt Wolf

The screen made her, but she would become a stage tigress, not least when she sang

Listed: The laughter and tears of Robin Williams

Jasper Rees

From Mork to mawkish, the clips that define a brilliant career

10 Questions for singer Laura Mvula

Russ Coffey

The critic's darling talks Birmingham, fame, books and why she's re-recorded her debut album

theartsdesk in La Foce: War and Peace in Val d'Orcia

David Nice

Musical youth and experience gather in one of the world's most beautiful landscapes

Alright on the Night: at Glyndebourne with the OAE

Adam Sweeting

The view from the pit as Handel's 'Rinaldo' returns to leafiest East Sussex

Opinion: The Tricycle were right over the UK Jewish Film Festival

Fisun Güner

An arts organisation for once takes an ethical stand and are unjustly pilloried for it

First Person: 'Thomas Bernhard? I love him'

Peter Eyre

The actor Peter Eyre introduces the German rarity he is bringing to the Edinburgh Festival

theartsdesk in Bregenz: A floating opera festival

Alexandra Coghlan

Operatic fireworks (and dragons and acrobats) at the Bregenz Festival

Opinion: What does opera have to say to the under-30s?

Alexandra Coghlan

Will Glyndebourne's under-30s ticket scheme help the art form?

What Lies Beneath: The Secret Life of Paintings

Florence Hallett

From mystery men to missing whales, paintings can reveal unexpected secrets

theartsdesk at the Port Eliot Festival

Mark Hudson

Notting Hill meets Cornwall at boho-hippie-rock-literary love-in


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