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1:22pm Monday 28th May 2012
Confusion is normal. Act first and reflect later. You can change the world if you want to. Help is at hand to stay sane. These were just some of the nuggets of advice espoused by three authors here representing the London-based School Of Life, which has recently published its “How to…” guides.
1:20pm Monday 28th May 2012
1:18pm Monday 28th May 2012
You play Bach your way and I'll play him his, was Wanda Landowska's celebrated riposte to criticism of her harpsichord interpretation. But every musician plays Bach his way today, because everybody can. Yet blood is still spilt in argument over Bach on period keyboards or modern pianos. Richard Egarr's contribution to the debate was a fine, full-blooded performance of Book l of the 48 Preludes and Fugues on what he described as the Aston Martin of harpsichords.
12:53pm Monday 28th May 2012
12:52pm Monday 28th May 2012
12:50pm Monday 28th May 2012
War Sum Up, a multimedia opera of traditional Japanese poetry and contemporary manga graphics, wasn’t really a pleasant experience. But then at the heart of the performance lies some fairly dark and unpleasant themes.
12:48pm Monday 28th May 2012
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5:26pm Thursday 24th May 2012
Four authors who have recently had books published by Sceptre read from their novels, before an open discussion with the host, Dr Katy Shaw, senior lecturer in English Literature at the University of Brighton.
3:14pm Thursday 24th May 2012
David Greig’s latest production for Brighton Festival follows a group of academics gathered in Kelso, Scotland, to determine why the Border Ballad is neither border nor ballad. Though it’s a suitable question for pedants more bothered with post-structuralism than life and love, there is nothing fusty or parochial about the storytelling.
11:29am Wednesday 23rd May 2012
11:20am Wednesday 23rd May 2012
It’d be difficult to disagree with the motives and messages of this Festival event. In a series of short lectures, Richard Jolly, from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, and Stephany Griffiths-Jones, from Columbia University, forensically critiqued the global financial crisis and, more pertinently, dissected what they argued were the ill-advised austerity messages being adopted to tackle it.
11:16am Wednesday 23rd May 2012
Hearing her recent album and the first couple of songs at the Dome, you wouldn’t have been prepared for the sustained and infectious energy that quickly followed Fatoumata Diawara’s performance on Tuesday night.
12:03pm Tuesday 22nd May 2012
10:31am Tuesday 22nd May 2012
Why did an evening that promised to be awash with glittering moments, offer just a few glimpses of inspiration? Here, after all, was a highly accomplished stage-full of musicians and vocalists, presenting material from the pen of a woman dubbed by Richard Thompson as “the greatest female artist of her generation”.
10:30am Tuesday 22nd May 2012
A song needs a singer. A song does not exist in isolation, neither can it leap off the printed page. In order to come alive, it needs a singer of natural talent, preferably with the secure technique that comes from years of work and training; a singer who is able to inhabit the song, and to own it so completely that it can be given back to an audience, enhanced and enlivened through that singer's personality.
10:28am Tuesday 22nd May 2012
The Cardinall’s Musick is a group of singers, directed by Andrew Carwood, dedicated to performing Renaissance music. At the moment they are touring the country giving programmes exclusively devoted to the sacred music of William Byrd, one of that era’s greatest composers.
12:01pm Monday 21st May 2012
James Vincent McMorrow puts the success of his debut album, Early In The Morning, down to a period of self-imposed seclusion. Yet crowds walking away from his latest gig felt something quite different to the desolation of a lonely Irish beach-house.
12:00pm Monday 21st May 2012
11:58am Monday 21st May 2012
From its origins in a west London pub, 5x15 has developed a cult following, which makes it more than a glorified book talk. It has one of those titles that would make a certain wood preservative manufacturer happy, the concept is exactly as it says on the ticket: five speakers talk without a script for 15 minutes each.
11:57am Monday 21st May 2012
Live_Transmission Scanner And Heritage Orchestra Rework Joy Division, Brighton Dome Concert Hall, May 18
11:55am Monday 21st May 2012
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12:07pm Friday 18th May 2012
The show might be called Early Adventures but director Matthew Bourne was a late starter who took up dance at the age of 22. Thank goodness; had the usual ballet-school formalities been drummed in at a tender age, we might never have got the wit, imagination and sheer irreverence of productions like this.
12:05pm Friday 18th May 2012
There were two pianos on the Pavilion stage for the recital by young English musician Ashley Fripp: a two manual harpsichord with terrace dynamics and no pedals for 17th-century baroque, and a giant 9ft Bosendorfer with three pedals for 19th-century romantic.
12:03pm Friday 18th May 2012
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2:25pm Thursday 17th May 2012
The bond between mother and child is one of the strongest that exists. It can also be one of the most fragile. This poignant duet between choreographer, David Bolger, and his mother, Madge, presents a visual snapshot of the ups and downs of their relationship through the ebbs and flows of a shared passion: swimming.
2:21pm Thursday 17th May 2012
2:19pm Thursday 17th May 2012
12:29pm Thursday 17th May 2012
12:24pm Thursday 17th May 2012
10:40am Tuesday 15th May 2012
2:50pm Monday 14th May 2012
12:28pm Monday 14th May 2012
11:14am Monday 14th May 2012
11:08am Monday 14th May 2012
At a Brighton Festival a year or two back, Mark Padmore sang Schubert’s Schwangesang (Swan Song) at a lunchtime concert in the Pavilion Theatre, which makes for an interesting comparison with last Sunday’s performance of Schubert’s last and greatest songs.
11:06am Monday 14th May 2012
11:05am Monday 14th May 2012
Rachel Rose Reid looked a bit like the doll that twirls to twinkly music in a music box, in red and white floral dress with bodice and full skirt, blonde crinkly hair tied up in a bun, and black heels. This was an appropriate choice for one living in fairytales but lacked provocation.
11:03am Monday 14th May 2012
In 1917, Beirut resident’s joy at the liberation of Jerusalem swiftly turned to disillusionment when instead of Arab independence (as promised) British liberators carved out the region with the French. A World I Loved is Wadad Makdisi Cortas’s story, an Arab woman who though a child at that time used the occasion to introduce her memoirs spanning the ensuing often turbulent 60 years.
4:51pm Friday 11th May 2012
4:50pm Friday 11th May 2012
11:26am Thursday 10th May 2012
11:23am Thursday 10th May 2012
Nothing was as it seemed. Not for a minute was it likely that this six-room tour of The Basement was in the large suburban house advertised, which was neat and tidy, well-maintained, with shrubs and a rockery for a front garden.
12:06pm Wednesday 9th May 2012
Way up north, in the middle of nowhere, it's the longest, coldest night of the year. To mark the occasion, Peter is having a dinner party. The guests arrive decked out in heavy coats and guns, apparently to take care of marauding polar bears, and though nothing more is made of this, it sets up a brilliant sense of absurdity.
12:00pm Wednesday 9th May 2012
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12:47pm Tuesday 8th May 2012
Young Australian pianist Jayson Gillham delighted a packed Pavilion Theatre with a varied recital of Ludwig van Beethoven, Frederic Chopin, Claude Debussy and George Ligeti. Jayson gave short but illuminating introductions to the longer pieces, and he was on hand at the main entrance afterwards to meet his audience.
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