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Royal Opera House chief Tony Hall to the BBC - now what?

So Tony Hall moves from heading the Royal Opera House to taking over the BBC as its new Director-General. I can't for a moment imagine a rerun of that crucial mini-conversation between Helen Boaden and George Entwistle over the Jimmy Savile...

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Full programme announced for 2012 London Jazz Festival

The full programme for this year's London Jazz Festival has been announced. Running from Friday 9 to Sunday 18 November, the 10-day event includes premieres, talks, family events, films and workshops. In total, there are over 250 shows in...

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Russian superstar Natalia Osipova to perform with Royal Ballet

The virtuoso Russian ballerina Natalia Osipova will guest with the Royal Ballet this autumn with Carlos Acosta in the opening run of Swan Lake. Osipova, whose partnership with the phenomenal Ivan Vasiliev has become the most talked-about in world...

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New Martha Wainwright album drops in October

The most underrated member of the preposterously talented Wainwright-McGarrigle musical dynasty will release her first album of new material in four years later this year.Martha Wainwright will release Come Home to Mama on 15th October. Recorded...

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Scottish Jazz Awards 2012 winners

The winners of the Scottish Jazz Awards 2012 were announced last night at a ceremony in the Queen's Hall, Edinburgh.Presented by the Scottish Jazz Federation and Jazz International, the event was hosted by Ian Shaw.The winners:Album of the YearKARMA...

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theartsdesk Olympics: Let The Games Begin

Even in this year of years, it has to be accepted that not everyone has a soft spot for sport. Anyone answering to that description may well attempt to sprint, jump or pedal away from the coming onslaught, but if you are anywhere near a television,...

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Tusa wraps up for the World Service

With the electrics being dismantled today at Bush House, central London HQ of the BBC World Service for 70 years, Sir John Tusa, its former MD (and chairman of The Arts Desk) presents a Radio 4 programme of memories of radio broadcasts from the...

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Razzle Dazzle Fizzle: Chicago to Close

Producers did warn it was going to be a bad summer for West End theatre, but the announcement of the closure of Chicago is still a curveball. For 15 years the musical - those credits one more time: music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, a book...

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London and Birmingham ballet promotions, welcomes and farewells

The two Royal Ballets at Covent Garden and Birmingham have announced their end-of-season farewells and news for next season's dancers.The Royal Ballet's big-name departures at the end of this season have already been big news - Sergei Polunin's...

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Marc Almond hits the road

After a relatively quiet period former Soft Cell frontman Marc Almond is currently going through one of his busiest periods since his eighties pop heyday. He recently appeared as the philosopher Seneca in the opera Pop'pea at the Paris Chatelet...

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Guillemots offer up free download from first 2012 release

We were big fans of Hello Land, the first of four albums promised by Guillemots this year. If you haven't had a chance to check it out yet, the Birmingham four-piece are offering up a download of "Fleet" in exchange for your email address.Frontman...

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Autumn "Sounds from a Room" programme announced

Jarvis Cocker, Josh T Pearson and Charlie Fink (Noah and the Whale) have signed up for autumn shows as part of Artangel's Sounds from a Room series of shows streamed live from the Room for London installation on the roof of Southbank...

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