sat 15/05/2021

Features & Interviews

Music books to end lockdown: Sam Lee, Hawkwind, Dylan, Richard Thompson, and the Electric Muses

Tim Cumming

It won’t be long now before concert halls and back rooms, arts centres and festival grounds fill with people again, and live music, undistanced, unmasked, and in your face, comes back to us.

Christa Ludwig, 1928-2021: a selective tribute

David Nice

I only saw Christa Ludwig twice live in concert, but those appearances epitomise her incredible dramatic and vocal rage as well as her peerless artistry in everything she did. The first event was Schubert’s Winterreise with pianist Charles Spencer at the Southbank Centre, at a time when it was less common for women to take on the role of the heavy-hearted wayfarer: the intensity still resonates.

Extract: Blackface by Ayanna Thompson


Nearly a year has passed since George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police on 25 May. Nearly 200 have passed since the birth of “blackface...

First Person: Boris Giltburg on lockdown...

Boris Giltburg

About a year ago, in a distant pre-pandemic world, I remember walking down Edgware Road one cold London evening. I was heading towards Jaques Samuel...

First Person: composer and Renaissance man Tunde...

Tunde Jegede

In this era when there is so much talk and discussion around crossing musical boundaries, diversity in music and inter-disciplinary work it seems...

Helen McCrory: 'If there's one interesting thing about acting it's trying to lose your ego'

Jasper Rees

Three encounters with the great actor who has died at the age of 52

The Royal Ballet - variations on a comeback

Jenny Gilbert

How one major ballet company survived to dance another day

The Master Musicians of Joujouka review - a 4000 year-old rock'n'roll band

Mark Kidel

Healing music from the Rif Mountains of Morocco

Filmmaker Darius Marder: 'Deafness is a culture. That's not being PC'

Owen Richards

Writer and director on Sound of Metal's long journey from concept to award nominations

Extract: TV by Susan Bordo


On 75 years of changing TV, changing habits and the relationship between TV and Trump

First Person: violinist Abigail Young on getting back to her Japanese orchestra in Covid year

Abigail Young

Leader of the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa on the trials of returning to what she loves

Extract from Sauntering: Writers Walk Europe, introduced and edited by Duncan Minshull


An ode to leisurely aimlessness

First Person: Anna Lucia Richter on Monteverdi and a transition from soprano to mezzo

Anna Lucia Richter

A last gift from the pre-Covid era followed by surprises in a time of pandemic

theartsdesk Q&A: Daryl Hall

Owen Richards

Legendary singer-songwriter talks recording, vaccines and reaching a billion streams

First Person: Clare Norburn on how she came to write her ambitious Zoom-era drama, 'Love in the Lockdown'

Clare Norburn

Writer-producer Clare Norburn elaborates upon her self-isolation online play

‘The Healing Power of Music’: composer Nigel Hess on great-aunt Myra’s wartime concerts

Nigel Hess

Parallels between lockdown solace and a great Dame's National Gallery events

Britney Spears (1998-present): The Video Special

Thomas H Green

Britney on video: 23 years of salacious self-objectification and hyper-kitsch

Disc of the Day 10th Anniversary: the level playing field

Joe Muggs

Ten years of record reviews show how sometimes deranged variety works in our (and the records') favour

Reviewing music off-piste: reflections on working beyond the comfort zone

Mark Kidel

The joy of adventure on unfamiliar ground

Classical musicians on life after Brexit - 4: singers speak out

Nicky Spence

Top tenor Nicky Spence introduces five other distinguished voices on the visa debacle

Classical musicians on life after Brexit - 3: violinist Sara Deborah Struntz-Timossi

Sara Deborah Struntz-Timossi

Another previously free-ranging player adds her voice to individual stories featured here

Classical musicians on life after Brexit - 2: violinist Victoria Sayles

Victoria Sayles

First sequel to pianist Sophia Rahman's assembly of musical voices on the visa situation

'The total confusion about post-Brexit rules adds to the distress': classical musicians speak out

Sophia Rahman

Ten players and administrators on the fallout in government restrictions to EU touring

'Having to establish a real conversation with the audience is a good challenge': Raffaello Morales on a possible musical future

Raffaello Morales

Pioneer of a rare 2020 success story, the Fidelio Orchestra Cafe, on adapting to change

Book extract: Fat by Hanne Blank


The multiple personalities of a public enemy, sexual fetish and essential organ

Dame Fanny Waterman (1920-2020) - some recollections, with love and affection

Adam Gatehouse

The Leeds International Piano Competition's Artstic Director remembers its founder

First Person: conductor Johannes Vogel on Beethoven’s Ninth as re-orchestrated by Mahler

Johannes Vogel

The importance of celebrating the anniversary year’s end with a bang

First Person(s): soprano Susan Bullock and baritone William Dazeley on filming Britten’s Owen Wingrave

Susan Bullock And William Dazeley

Grange Park Opera makes the most of Covid restrictions by producing a TV opera

Filmmaker Frank Marshall: 'People don’t understand what geniuses The Bee Gees were'

Owen Richards

Director of the new Bee Gees documentary discusses the brothers' legacy in music


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