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
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Game of Thrones author George RR Martin says 'f*** you' to fans who fear he will die before finishing Westeros saga
- 2 Loom bands: Bids for dress made from colourful rubber pass £170,000 on eBay
- 3 Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport
- 4 L'Oreal cuts ties with Belgium supporter Axelle Despiegelaere after hunting trip photographs
- 5 The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week
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War is war: Why I stand with Israel
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’