sat 26/09/2020

Features & Interviews

First Person: pianist Danny Driver on teaching online and the importance of music education

Danny Driver

There’s an old saying that goes: if life deals you lemons, make lemonade. To say that the COVID-19 pandemic is a lemon would be a huge and trivial understatement – it has had a massive effect on people’s way of life across the globe, it has cost hundreds of thousands of lives and permanently scarred many more physically, psychologically and emotionally.

Eavesdropping on Rattle, the LSO and Bartók’s Bluebeard

David Nice

One source of advance information told us to expect a reduced version of Bartók’s one-act Bluebeard’s Castle, among the 20th century’s most original and profound operatic masterpieces.

First Person: Artistic Director John Gilhooly on...

John Gilhooly

It is hard to believe that it’s really happening! Despite a few bumps along the way, Christian Gerhaher and Gerold Huber, one of the greatest Lieder...

Singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter: 'I...

Liz Thomson

Music has never been more important than in these dark, dislocating and death-stalked days, fear and grief visiting us in ways once unimaginable. The...

'Masses of performers are still grounded...

Sophia Rahman

Have you ever tried watching a film, programme or even an advert without the soundtrack? If so, you’ll know that music is a cornerstone of all the...

Directors Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui: 'The disability community is the world community'

Owen Richards

Interview with the men behind Netflix's new Paralympic documentary 'Rising Phoenix'

Theatre Unlocked 4: Shows in concert and a contemporary classic comes to TV

Matt Wolf

A New York duo celebrates Sir Noël; Samuel Beckett bewitches and bewilders once again

A masked elegy: portraits of string players at the Fidelio Orchestra Café

David Nice

Young talent captured by Nick Rutter during sessions for Strauss's 'Metamorphosen'

Theatre Unlocked 3: Signs of activity after a long siesta

Matt Wolf

Theatre comes to life, albeit gently, and some familiar names crop up online

'Rehearsing Beethoven with Barenboim felt like an historical moment': Vienna Philharmonic trombonist Kelton Koch on a new normal

Kelton Koch

As the Salzburg Festival flourishes, a Texan in Austria welcomes a musical rebirth

First Person: Antonia Bain on directing a short kitchen opera for film

Antonia Bain

Scottish Opera's digital content producer on making 'The Narcissistic Fish'

Theatre Unlocked 2: A starry premiere and musical revival alongside Greek tragedy where it began

Matt Wolf

Empty playhouses caught on camera and an online 'Merchant' complete a typically varied week of theatrical fare

'She was Paris': RIP Zizi Jeanmaire (1924-2020)

Ismene Brown

Ballet or cabaret, Zizi's passion was for performance - preferably with her husband

First Person: Christopher Glynn on how the Ryedale Festival flows on

Christopher Glynn

Artistic director and pianist defines his hopes for an online journey

Theatre Unlocked 1: George Floyd remembered, a classic transformed, and a call to action re climate change

Matt Wolf

A Broadway legend in concert lends musical buoyancy to this week's ever wide-ranging theatrical array

First Person: Royal College of Music Director of Programmes Diana Salazar on a transformation in learning and teaching

Diana Salazar

The RCM’s corridors are quieter than usual but commitment to musical learning resounds

theartsdesk Q&A: horn player Sarah Willis

Graham Rickson

Midnight recording sessions and late-running buses; playing Mozart in Havana

Theatre Lockdown Special 13: Early Lloyd Webber, vintage Rattigan, and a Dame or two in conversation

Matt Wolf

Medeas past and present conjoin across a characteristically eclectic theatre week

Ennio Morricone 1928-2020: A lost afternoon in his apartment in Rome

Peter Culshaw

Recalling a 2003 meeting with the 'Mozart of film music'

'She spoke through her violin': Steven Isserlis on extraordinary meetings with Ida Haendel (192?-2020)

Steven Isserlis

One great and characterful instrumentalist remembered by another

Theatre Lockdown Special 12: An American rarity, a British savoury, and fresh Apples

Matt Wolf

Nigel Slater is back, as is Richard Nelson's Apple family for a second time via Zoom

‘We are still standing and planning for the brightest future we can’: Svend McEwan-Brown on the survival of a festival

Svend McEwan-Brown

East Neuk Festival Director finds generosity, humanity and a hunger for culture in a crisis

'Composing supports children to understand music from the inside': educator Nancy Evans on a revolution in primary schools

Nancy Evans

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group's Director of Learning outlines a bold new project

Theatre Lockdown Special 11: Shakespeare-as-rave, a starlit Old Vic, and, yes, those singing nuns

Matt Wolf

Some celeb-heavy revivals and a kids-friendly showstopper feature amongst this week's lineup

'We must channel the energy and pain that is being expressed right now': Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE on time for action on diversity in classical music

Chi-chi Nwanoku

Chineke! founder and double bassist explains an open letter to the Prime Minister

Ian Holm, British film's best supporting actor

Jasper Rees

From King Lear to Bilbo Baggins - remembering the great film actor who vanquished stage fright

Theatre Lockdown Special 10: Epic plays from the National Theatre and Broadway alongside voices raised in protest

Matt Wolf

The state of Britain then and now gets a look-in, as do animals in human form

The power of resilience: flautist Noemi Gyori on positive ways to face adversity

Noemi Gyori

How performers, and others, might best deal with the current crisis

Theatre Lockdown Special 9: Alan Bennett revisited, and so is Oz

Matt Wolf

Some familiar titles, a 1913 rarity and a show in which the audience plays its part


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