Cultural Life: Karl Jenkins, composer
Friday 18 December 2009
Mozart, Poulenc and Vivaldi, some early Miles Davis, Eric Clapton and Donald Fagen; I've never had a problem appreciating different genres.
I've been catching up on various crime series that I missed first time around, such as 'Waking the Dead', 'Silent Witness' and 'New Tricks'.
I just saw 'Aladdin'; my son Jody scored the music. It is a full-on action-packed Bollywood movie.
Theatre & Opera
I loved 'The 39 Steps' at the Criterion Theatre. Next up is 'Der Rosenkavalier' by Richard Strauss, my favourite opera, now at Covent Garden. Amazing music, extravagant orchestration and engaging plot.
'The White Tiger' by Aravind Adiga. We performed in Mumbai earlier in the year. It was my first visit to India, and it made a huge impression on me. This book tells of one man's journey from village life to modern India.
The exhibition by sculptor Anish Kapoor at the Royal Academy of Art.
'Stella natalis' is out now on EMI Classics. The tour reaches Banbury St Mary's on 19 December and Norwich Cathedral on 22 December. Jenkinsstellanatalis.com
Game of Thrones
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 A daily walk 'can add seven years to your life'
- 2 The nine most warmongering countries in the world revealed
- 3 Rules on 5p plastic bags likely to lead to arguments at the check-out
- 4 Blood Moon and Supermoon: September to bring brightest – and dimmest – full Moon of the year on same night
- 5 News agency criticised for describing Amal Clooney as 'actor's wife' in coverage of human rights trial
X Factor hopeful Mason Noise: 'How is Cheryl Fernandez-Versini in the music business, let alone a judge on the show?'
Trevor Noah, Edinburgh Fringe review: New Daily Show host warms up in inspired style
Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Online toy marathon to launch new film
X Factor 2015: Ratings drop almost 2 million compared to last year's launch show
Evian Christ cancels Reading festival appearance after being 'trapped in a cage' at Leeds by staff
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
'Women only' train carriages: Jeremy Corbyn unveils radical move to tackle public harassment
Black holes are a passage to another universe, says Stephen Hawking
Tony Blair attacks Jeremy Corbyn's 'Alice In Wonderland' politics
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up
Iain Duncan Smith 'should resign over disability benefit death figures', says Jeremy Corbyn