Alice Jones' Arts Diary: Ed Balls learns the piano, West End welcomes expenses scandal and Joanna Lumley meets will.i.am
Sleek solo set shows that Gary’s back for good
Eat Pray Laugh! at the London Palladium
Kit Downes and Stan Tracey riff on the state of their art ahead of the London Jazz Festival
Hits such as Snooker Loopy, Rabbit and Gertcha established Chas & Dave as two of the towering figures of the 1980s light entertainment-pop cross over world. Now, 18 years since their last album the Rockney duo are being re-launched as the credible grandfathers of British rock n’ roll.
Otto Sander carved out a career as one of the foremost actors in postwar German theatre, in particular with the director Peter Stein. He had a flair for comedy and was equally at home in classical repertoire and the avant-garde but was best known internationally for his work in films. In Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire and Faraway, So Close! he played the ironically detached and tragic angel Cassiel, and in the epic Second World War U-boat drama Das Boot he was a troubled lieutenant.
Her Cold War song cycle ‘Oh Moscow’, written with Sally Potter, was performed round the world
Where are you now and what can you see?
The pianist, composer Cedar Walton has been known to jazz audiences for over five decades, and is likely to be remembered as an exemplar for fellow musicians, rather than a populist hero. But his association with the group of Art Blakey, and a briefer one with John Coltrane, gave him the necessary background for a successful career as a bandleader in his own right.
The first religious brother to land a major record deal is up for an award for his album of sacred music
Prom 72 – Calleja, Orchestra Verdi, Zhang (***)
Prom 73 - Cooper, Lewis (*****)
Prom 74 – Sonnleitner, Vienna Phil, Maazel (***)
Prom 75 – DiDonato, Kennedy, BBCSO, Alsop (*****)
Russian maestro Valery Gergiev performs erratically, but empty seats are the evening’s real surprise
'My mom can't play trumpet but I'd want her on it'
"Cowboy" Jack Clement was one of the renaissance men of American music. A maverick original, his 60-year career was spent mainly within the country genre – writing and publishing hit songs, producing seminal albums (many in his own studios), recording in his own right, working as a DJ in his later years and even producing a horror film which has gained a cult following.
What a thrilling start to Jonathan Mills' penultimate International festival: the RSNO in excoriating form, the Festival Chorus, with beefed-up bass section, singing in stirring Russian and clearly-enunciated Latin, all with puppetmaster Valery Gergiev pulling their strings.