Some time ago I searched for the author of the brilliant first novel Here (Away From It All), by Maryann Forrest, which I’d owned as a teenager. When I asked Independent on Sunday readers to help me locate her, I received a letter inviting me to lunch.
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Sunday 08 December 2013
The warm crackle and hiss of AM radio lives on in the US, and is about to get a boost that could put it back at the heart of communities
Monday 02 December 2013
Royal Opera House, London
Monday 02 December 2013
The search engine's logo shows the diva singing against the backdrop of an opera house
Tuesday 05 November 2013
The Berlin Phil, the Gewandhaus, and the CBSO have long done it, and now the Mariinsky are doing it too: sending a posse of top instrumentalists as chamber-music outriders to their main orchestral push. Making their British debut under Valery Gergiev in the Guildhall's new Milton Court auditorium, the Stradivarius Ensemble went through their paces with three works which showcased their instruments as much as their talent. For these were no ordinary instruments: Strads and Guarneris, Guandinis and Amatis, all from the golden age of string manufacture.
Thursday 03 October 2013
A mind-numbingly pretentious 75 minutes
Wednesday 02 October 2013
Iain Banks' cult novel is the unlikely source for a new show at Covent Garden
Monday 30 September 2013
Britain’s first Academy of Ancient Music was founded in 1726 as a private club of singers meeting in a London tavern to entertain each other: ‘ancient’ meant anything not in the contemporary repertory. Britain’s second AAM was founded in 1973 by harpsichordist Christopher Hogwood, to perform what was now called ‘early music’ on original instruments. Over the past four decades they have helped revolutionise early-music performance, blazing a trail followed by Baroque ensembles everywhere.
The honeymoon is over: Jacques Henri Lartigue's intimate photographs reveal the truth behind his troubled marriage
Sunday 29 September 2013
As a new London exhibition will reveal, the famed French photographer's shots of his bohemian socialite wife lay bare the underlying truths of their tumultuous relationship
Friday 27 September 2013
70-year-old company says it plans to file for bankruptcy unless it manages to reach its fundraising goal
Sunday 22 September 2013
Murder, humiliation, self-sacrifice, revenge … it’s all in a day’s work for Verdi’s heroes and villains, given voice on this full-throttle compilation by the go-to tenor of his generation.
Thursday 12 September 2013
Watch the videos below to see some of the cast of the Jac van Steen conducted revival of Phyllida Lloyd’s electrifying production of the Benjamin Britten’s first opera, talk about their favourite moments. The piece is showing as part of Opera North's ‘A Festival of Britten’.
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