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Interviews with leading figures from the arts

Q&A Special: Sir Mark Elder on Dvořák

Jasper Rees

This May the Hallé is celebrating Dvořák. The orchestra’s music director Sir Mark Elder has previously mounted a festival of the Czech composer’s work in Chicago, but now brings him home to Manchester. Nature, Life and Love features seven concerts in under three weeks, and will obviously feature an outing for the big symphonies, nos 7, 8 and 9, and the hugely popular cello concerto. But it’s not just about the headlines of Dvořák’s music.Among other sweetmeats – three Overtures, some Slavonic...

10 Questions for Musician Debashish Bhattacharya

Thomas H Green

Debashish Bhattacharya (b 1963) is India’s leading lap steel guitar player. Equally happy in the worlds of Indian classical and West-leaning fusion music, it’s no exaggeration to say he changed the way his instrument is regarded, at home and abroad. Born in Kolkata (AKA Calcutta) to parents who were both classical singers in the gwailor tradition, he embraced both sitar and western guitar as a young child, then spent most of his twenties studying with Pandit Brij Bhushan Kabra, a master of...

10 Questions for Musician Beth Orton

Thomas H Green

Beth Orton (b 1970) is a singer-songwriter who first came to prominence via her collaborations with the Chemical Brothers, at the start of both their...

10 Questions for Artist Clare Woods

Florence Hallett

Visceral and vividly colouristic, Clare Woods' paintings are at once abstract and figurative, perpetuating traditional genres but simultaneously...

10 Questions for Musician Graham Nash

Adam Sweeting

It was in August 1968 that Graham Nash, then still a member of The Hollies, took a cab from LAX airport in Los Angeles to Joni Mitchell's house in...

10 Questions for Comedian Alexei Sayle

Thomas H Green

The Liverpudlian Surrealist talks film, music and imaginary sandwich bars

10 Questions for Choreographer Charles Linehan

Thomas H Green

Prior to Brighton Fest premiere, Charles Linehan talks Berlin, time machines, Robert Wyatt and more

10 Questions for Composer Errollyn Wallen

Jessica Duchen

The dynamic musician on creative processes and her new CD PHOTOGRAPHY

Save ENO: The Chorus Speaks

David Nice

Crucial and articulate voices representing a great company under threat

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Youth

Thomas H Green

The eminent producer talks Killing Joke, Paul McCartney, psychedelic trance, 'Bittersweet Symphony' and the first time he took an E

'Paul said he would like orchestral instruments. John couldn’t be bothered'

Jasper Rees

How George Martin made the French horn an integral part of the Beatles sound

10 Questions for Songwriter Carla Marie Williams

Matthew Wright

Writer to the stars explains her new scheme to support women in the arts

10 Questions for Choreographer Matthew Bourne

Hanna Weibye

Dancemaker talks about storytelling, Shakespeare, and dance on screen

theartsdesk Q&A: Pianist Boris Giltburg

David Nice

Russian-Israeli master on Prokofiev, Rachmaninov, competitions and pianos

We Made It: Stufish Entertainment Architects

Marianka Swain

From U2 and Madonna to Chinese theatre and the Martian Fighting Machine

We Made It: 'Carol' Costume Designer Sandy Powell

Graham Fuller

How she brought a melange of styles to Todd Haynes's sublime period romance

10 Questions for Jazz Quartet Empirical

Thomas Rees

Empirical bassist Tom Farmer on musical risk-taking, scientific method and taking jazz to bleary-eyed London commuters

Jim Dolan, the Singing Tycoon

Adam Sweeting

From boardroom to bandleader with JD & the Straight Shot

theartsdesk Q&A: Composer Pierre Boulez

Igor Toronyi-Lalic

Godfather of the avant-garde on how he changed music forever

Jaap van Zweden: ‘A great orchestra needs to be a chameleon’

Gavin Dixon

The Dutch conductor on new directions plus his work in Hong Kong and Dallas

We Made It: Watchmaker Roger W Smith

Thomas Rees

The world-leading horologist keeping British watchmaking alive, crafting exquisite timepieces by hand

theartsdesk Q&A: Filmmakers Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson

Graham Fuller

How the makers of 'The Forbidden Room' conjured the spirits of cinema's lost movies

We Made It: Concert hall acoustics

David Kettle

The RSNO have a new concert hall. The lead acoustician explains why it sounds so good

10 Questions for Composer Ludovico Einaudi

Adam Sweeting

What are the elements that make up Einaudi's music?

10 Questions For Singer-Songwriter ESKA

Matthew Wright

Multifaceted performer on the Mercury Prize and musical humanity

10 Questions for playwright Patrick Barlow

Jasper Rees

After world conquest with 'The 39 Steps' and four actors, his next challenge is 'Ben Hur'

Warren Mitchell - ‘If you could be Welsh and Jewish you really couldn’t miss’

Jasper Rees

The creator of Alf Garnett, and Arthur Miller’s favourite British actor, remembered

10 Questions for Musician Maria Schneider

Peter Quinn

The acclaimed composer, arranger and bandleader on beauty, risk-taking and the ongoing struggle for creative rights

Maggie Smith: 'If there’s an old bat to play, it’ll be me'

Jasper Rees

As 'Downton Abbey' draws to a close, revisit a rare interview its biggest star gave on set

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