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Monday 11 June 2012
Birtwistle, Ades, Turnage, Benjamin – when people reel off their list of living British opera composers, they seldom mention Oliver Knussen, which is strange.
Saturday 09 June 2012
A Libyan lawyer says authorities have detained a member of an International Criminal Court delegation after she allegedly showed sensitive documents to deposed dictator Moammar Gadhafi's son and former heir apparent Seif al-Islam, who was captured by revolutionary fighters in November.
Wednesday 06 June 2012
Sheffield-based artist Paul Morrison has established a global audience for his bold and intriguing images over the past 15 years. Having shown in solo exhibitions in major cities from Tokyo to New York, his first large-scale solo show in his home town opens tomorrow.
Saturday 02 June 2012
Anyone who labours under the delusion that Britain is still the HQ of modern art should invest a modest sum in this international survey of artworks utilising the "found, scavenged and upcycled".
Saturday 26 May 2012
Can a large, cork-lined hole in the ground in London's Hyde Park – with a steel disc floating above it, mind – be architecture? It can if it's designed by Herzog & de Meuron, and Ai Weiwei, the Chinese artist considered a threat to cultural order by his country's political apparatchiks.
Monday 21 May 2012
Leonardo da Vinci's pioneering anatomical studies are now on show at the Queen's Gallery. Genius is the only word for them, says Adrian Hamilton
Monday 14 May 2012
Passengers on Sir Richard Branson's airline, Virgin Atlantic, will be able to make and receive phone calls while in the air, it was announced today.
Friday 13 April 2012
Music: In the car I'm listening to Tom Waits's 'Bad as Me' (I'm releasing an album of his songs with Opera North Projects), Carla Bley's 'Carla's Christmas Carols' (unseasonably) – especially her gospel version of "O Holy Night" – and my daughter's Count Basie albums (with virtuosic rhythm guitarist Freddie Green). Late at night, the jazz pianist Tony Genge, as well as Michael Chance singing "Erbaum dicht" from the St Matthew Passion.
Sunday 01 April 2012
Susan Elkin reviews the best children's and young-adult fiction to help keep your darlings entertained over the spring holidays
Thursday 22 March 2012
It was a shaky video of such an astonishing feat that it was hard to imagine it wasn’t an act of computer-generated viral marketing. In a clip that had been viewed more than a million times by last night, a Dutch hobbyist appeared to have succeeded where Da Vinci and generations of dreamers had failed – and flown like a bird.
Monday 13 February 2012
This week an exhibition of British painter Lucian Freud's drawings opens at the Blain|Southern gallery in London, staged to coincide with the major exhibition of his work at the National Portrait Gallery.
Monday 06 February 2012
It reeks of a kind of nostalgia, opening a scruffy, squeaky door to an entire gone world
Sunday 05 February 2012
David Shrigley, 43
Thursday 02 February 2012
Band of Skulls singer, Emma Richardson, takes on the art world
Wednesday 04 January 2012
The man who gave the world St Trinian's and St Custard's, who depicted the anarchy that lay beneath the English school system, and whose satirical pen skewered a throng of national stereotypes is no more.
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Crisis? What crisis? A visiting US doctor gives the NHS a rave review
Ukip MEP calls for reintroduction of death penalty on fiftieth anniversary of last deaths
Russell Brand calls for Israel boycott: Comedian urges big businesses that 'facilitate the oppression of people in Gaza' to pull funding
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
- 1 Michael Brown shooting: Police shoot and kill second young black man near Ferguson
- 2 James Foley 'beheaded': Isis video shows militant with British accent 'execute US journalist' – and warns Obama of more to come
- 3 Why are UK rail fares so expensive?
- 4 Here’s the damning letter Robin Williams wrote to his Mrs Doubtfire co-star's principal after they expelled her
- 5 Cilla Black defends Cliff Richard: 'I am positive that the allegations are without foundation'