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An Aria with Various Variations


Richard Boothby explains the dubious story behind the popular title of Bach's 'Goldberg Variations' ahead of Fretwork's performance of the piece at the Howard Assembly Room: While the Aria mit verschiedenen Veränderungen, or ‘Aria with various variations’ is Bach’s dising... Read More

Dispatches from the Dark Side


“We were never meant to know any of this:” Gareth Peirce on torture, rendition and the UK’s complicity in Guantánamo Bay Eminant human rights lawyer Gareth Peirce will deliver a DARE Liberty Lecture at the Howard Assembly Room on Friday 15 April as part of the ON Liberty... Read More

Cautionary Verse


Culture Vulture’s Phil Kirby is inspired to rhyme after seeing Opera North’s children’s opera, Cautionary Tales “When it ended I could easily have watched it again, it was that good. I was gripped by Belloc’s words, and the sheer ludicrousnous of the tales of Karmic comeu... Read More

When they sing, the voices spread all over the room...


[caption id="attachment_430" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Young reviewers Suzanne and Emilia"][/caption] Young reviewers Suzanne and Emilia, aged 7, share their thoughts on new children's opera Cautionary Tales!, which premiered last week in the Howard Assembly R... Read More

Life Cycle… we are counting


[caption id="attachment_425" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Mara Carlyle will perform in Life Cycle"][/caption] With just three days to go until the premiere of Life Cycle at the Southbank Centre on Sunday 13 March, here are some more of Toby Litt’s lyrics from the s... Read More

Life Cycle... the journey continues


It’s the final countdown in the last few days before the premiere of Life Cycle at the Southbank Centre on Sunday 13 March. Here are some more lyrics from Life Cycle songs, written by Toby Litt for music composed by Emily Hall, charting the course of new parenthood to birth ... Read More

From Conception to Cradle - Life Begins


A brand new song series, Life Cycle, charting one woman’s progress on her journey to becoming a mother, premieres next week as part of the WOW-Women of the World Festival at the Southbank Centre, London. The series of twenty songs about creating and nurturing life is less freq... Read More

"He shouldn't have ran away and got dead"


A new children’s opera Cautionary Tales opens next week in the Howard Assembly Room and we interviewed sisters Lexi (age 8 ) and Izzy (age 3) to get their thoughts and expectations of the piece after being read the poem about Jim. Based on Hilaire Belloc’s Cautionary Ta... Read More