Josie Long is an award-winning comedian and writer. She will perform with Robin Ince in Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People at London’s Bloomsbury Theatre (10-22 Dec) and also on tour in Robin and Josie’s Shambles.
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Thursday 22 April 2010
Jez Butterworth's must-see play, Jerusalem, ends with its central character, Johnny "Rooster" Byron, banging on a drum and calling on the spirits of the forest to defend him against approaching bulldozers, which symbolise the encroaching modern world. It is a primal, feral and stirring moment. The same could be said of the sight of a worryingly frail-looking Lou Reed banging repeatedly on a huge gong.
Monday 19 April 2010
Volcanic eruptions have not been confined to Iceland. The South Bank’s Varese weekend came a full “360 degrees” to its explosive climax with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain going cosmic with the composer’s two orchestral blockbusters.
London Philharmonic Orchestra / Nézet-Séguin, Royal Festival Hall, London<br/>Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment / Volkov, Royal Festival Hall, London
Sunday 18 April 2010
Monday 15 March 2010
Tamerlano, Royal Opera House, London<br/>Don Pasquale, Sadler's Wells, London<br/>Scoring a Century, Crescent Theatre, Birmingham<br/>Songs of a Wayfarer, Royal Festival Hall, London
Sunday 14 March 2010
Thursday 11 March 2010
It’s one small step for Beethoven and a giant leap for mankind from the First to his Eighth Symphony and to hear both works in tandem on instruments of the period only intensifies the revolution drawing us ever closer to the mighty Ninth.
The Abduction from the Seraglio, Millennium Centre, Cardiff<br/>The Gamblers, Royal Festival Hall, London
Sunday 28 February 2010
Tuesday 23 February 2010
It’s fitting that the South Bank should mark Chopin’s alternative birthdays - scholars can’t agree on the correct one - with performances by two great Chopinists.
Sunday 21 February 2010
Fateful prophecies and exultant perorations – the enduring spirits of Leos Janacek and Josef Suk ascend from the valley of the shadow of death and another of Vladimir Jurowski’s beautifully crafted programmes for the London Philharmonic makes connections that will profoundly affect the way we hear these works in the future.
Ruddigore, Grand Theatre, Leeds<br/>Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin, Royal Festival Hall, London<br/>Jurowski/OAE, Roundhouse, London
Sunday 07 February 2010
Wednesday 03 February 2010
The defining moment in Daniel Barenboim’s unforgettable Beethoven/ Schoenberg experience came from hearing Schoenberg’s exquisitely epigrammatic Five Orchestral Pieces transcend period and style to form a bridge between Beethoven’s Second and Fourth Piano Concertos.
Monday 01 February 2010
Daniel Barenboim has earned his adoration. He could stand on one leg and whistle “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” and still bring audiences to their feet.
Thursday 28 January 2010
For a moment or two it seemed to be Wagner emerging from the chord of E-flat just as he did in Das Rheingold at the start of The Ring.
Wednesday 27 January 2010
Let's pretend, once again, that we are in Lisboa, in a small taverna," Mariza suggests, looking out at a Royal Festival Hall kept intentionally sepulchral tonight. She is the biggest global star that fado, the darkest and most soulful European music, has had, singing at Olympic Games ceremonies and single-handedly reviving its fortunes. But Mariza is also a purist; open to the international rhythms absorbed on her last album, Terra, but rooted in the traditional fado played at her father's taverna where she sang from the age of five.
Friday 22 January 2010
I am, alas, to all intents and purposes, and to my eternal shame, an utterly uneducated, ignorant monoglot. I barely even speak English: I speak Essex. In my mind I sound like Daniel Barenboim delivering the Reith Lectures, or Garrison Keillor, rolling on with another Prairie Home Companion, or Seamus Heaney reciting, or Robin Lustig on the World Service, or WH Auden at the Royal Festival Hall sometime in the late 1960s. But when I speak, I sound like Joe Pasquale. I crush the language.
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