sat 22/10/2016

Features & Interviews

Martyn Brabbins: a safe pair of hands at ENO

David Nice

No-one can easily replace Mark Wigglesworth as Music Director of English National Opera: ask any of the musicians working there and you'll find they're all heartbroken. That said, they could not have chosen a nicer man or a better all-round musician than Martyn Brabbins.In the UK we know him best for his concert work and especially for his espousal of the unfamiliar, from the debateably terrible Havergal Brian "Gothic" Symphony - proof of Brabbins' capability in mustering the hugest possible...

Half a century of the Roundhouse

Marcus Davey

We've got a lot to celebrate in 2016: 50 years since the Roundhouse became an arts centre and 10 years of transforming young lives through creativity. In celebration of this momentous year we embarked on a journey of discovery to uncover the stories from train-enthusiast accounts of our humble beginnings to real-life high-wire love stories, from week-long raves in the 1990s to politically-charged spoken word in the 2000s. So many incredible stories have emerged from the walls of this beautiful...

First Person: 'Schizophrenia is still a...

Vladimir Shcherban

On 10 October 2016, World Mental Health Day, the team of Belarus Free Theatre came back together to start the final stages of production for Tomorrow...

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Agnes Obel

Kieron Tyler

Agnes Obel’s new album Citizen of Glass is released next week. Conceptually underpinned by a fascination with the German idea of the gläserner...

On the road with Bob Dylan: the mother of all...

Mark Kidel

Dont Look Back is the Ur-rockumentary, the template for hundreds of hand-held rock tour films, a source of inspiration as well as a model to aspire...

First Person: Nico Muhly on music for two pianos

Nico Muhly

Composing 'Fast Patterns' for Kings Place's new London Piano Festival

Interview: Sir Neville Marriner and the I, Culture Orchestra

Peter Culshaw

The conductor has died aged 92. We revisit an interview from 2011 when his energy remained undimmed

Helaine Blumenfeld: 'Beauty has become synonymous with something banal'

Rachel Halliburton

To coincide with her retrospective 'Hard Beauty', the sculptor talks about philosophy, language and the conflicting roles of artist, mother and wife

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

Ed Vaizey

The long-serving former culture minister calls on the UK Government to increase arts funding

First Person: The Juilliard Experiment

Mark Kidel

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

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

Steven Isserlis

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

Lammermuir Festival 2016, East Lothian

David Kettle

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

First Person: 'Leaving the house can feel like walking into battle'

Veronika Szabo

In 'War Paint', four women transform themselves for a night out. A performer explains how

Who's afraid of Edward Albee?

Jasper Rees

Remembering the playwright who fearlessly looked under the surface of the American Dream

10 Questions for Pianist Morten Schantz

Matthew Wright

Danish jazz-fusion pianist on how to blaze a trail after JazzKamikaze

theartsdesk at the D-Marin Festival: Turkish poetry in music, Bach at sunrise

David Nice

Open-air adventures from an epic Turkish oratorio to solo strings by the sea

First Person: Portrait of Britain

Bill Knight

Bill Knight on his prizewinning photograph and the competition that turns advertising screens into art galleries

theartsdesk at The Green Man Festival

Martin Longley

The Brecons beckon sensitive rock aesthetes

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician/DJ Mark Hawkins aka Marquis Hawkes

Joe Muggs

The eye-popping back story of Houndstooth Records' house sensation

Soulful Islamic passion: the Najmuddin Saifuddin group

Peter Culshaw

It can be dangerous to sing Qawwali - the greatest group of recent times is on a rare tour

theartsdesk at the Rosendal Festival: Schubert above a fjord

David Nice

A half-Norwegian voyage around 1828 from Leif Ove Andsnes and friends

Edinburgh Festival: Boulez celebration, Andreas Ottensamer, Stephen Hough

David Kettle

An affectionate homage to the great composer-conductor and bracing chamber recitals

theartsdesk in Venice: Shylock comes home

Heather Neill

The 500th anniversary of the Ghetto is celebrated across the city

theartsdesk in Odessa: Films and post-truth in the new Ukraine

Peter Culshaw

Strange truths at the 'Cannes of the East'

What are the arts doing here?

John Martin

The artistic director of Pan Intercultural Arts explains its pioneering work ahead of Southbank's Festival of Love

theartsdesk at the Pärnu Music Festival 2016

David Nice

A love-letter to the greatest orchestral playing in a perfect Estonian seaside town

theartsdesk at the Montreal Jazz Festival

Martin Longley

Mainline jazz, roots, and global sounds abound in the planet's biggest jazzfest

theartsdesk in the Faroe Islands: G! Festival 2016

Kieron Tyler

A sense of communion at the North Atlantic festival where rain never stops play

Pick of the BBC Proms 2016


Choices, choices from the world's biggest music festival, starting on Friday


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