Review of Opera Danube’s Die Fledermaus at St. Johns Smith Square

The overture of Die Fledermaus is a splendid treat that is often played in any party that involves champagne and lavish festivities yet this comedy opera composed by Johann Strauss II in 1876, also represents the golden age of Viennese music: it is a promising opera that encompasses ideal attributes of the finest Viennese banquet. Opera Danube’s production … More Review of Opera Danube’s Die Fledermaus at St. Johns Smith Square

The Lover of Textiles : Richard Tuttle at the Tate Modern and Whitechapel Gallery

Richard Tuttle is many things. He told us at the press viewing of his new exhibition, I Don’t Know. The Weave of Textile Language, which is a combined exhibition with the Tate Modern and Whitechapel Gallery. Tuttle tells us that he sees himself as a ‘mystic’ and a massive proponent of experience. His work is … More The Lover of Textiles : Richard Tuttle at the Tate Modern and Whitechapel Gallery

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 : Alan Gilbert conducts Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra for the BBC Proms 75

I had no intention of reviewing Prom 75, the penultimate night before the BBC Proms ended but how could I stop myself? It was Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9: the Choral, which to put it bluntly, is a bloody good symphony. All attempts to buy return tickets were out-of-bounds and stall seats were still unaffordable. Alas, … More Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 : Alan Gilbert conducts Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra for the BBC Proms 75

Anna Nicole, The Opera : £1 student tickets at the Royal Opera House

Based on the real-life American star, Anna Nicole Smith, the opera is a tale of a working class single mother who climbs the celebrity ladder. After becoming a dancer and playboy model she meets her 89-year-old millionaire husband. Anna Nicole, the opera, depicts a desperate life of rags to riches: undergoing a legal battle over her … More Anna Nicole, The Opera : £1 student tickets at the Royal Opera House

Paloma Faith performs at a ‘late night’ Prom event with jazz conductor, Guy Barker

[Paloma Faith & Ty Taylor performs ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’] Paloma Faith and jazz conductor, Guy Barker took to the Royal Albert Hall’s (RAH) stage at Prom 65 [Friday 5th September]. Faith has an eclectic background that makes her more than just a songwriter and pop-music diva. Her past has much to play in her successful musical … More Paloma Faith performs at a ‘late night’ Prom event with jazz conductor, Guy Barker

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes **** Vs The Guardians of the Galaxy**** : The Philosopher’s Chewing Gum Vs Date Night Cheese

[****] Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has more to offer than talking monkeys in human clothes. Much like the previous film Rise of the Planet of the Apes, it touches on a variety of important topics such as animal rights, politics and warfare. The intrigue from this film however stems from the questions … More Dawn of the Planet of the Apes **** Vs The Guardians of the Galaxy**** : The Philosopher’s Chewing Gum Vs Date Night Cheese

‘Blake, The Flaxmans, and the Romantic Sociability’: A Two-Day event held at Birkbeck

Birkbeck chaired ‘Blake, The Flaxmans, and the Romantic Sociability’, on the 18th and 19th July 2014, and I managed to attend the Friday conference. On a hot summer’s day, students and academics in the field of the Romantic era, particularly William Blake (1757 – 1827) and John Flaxman (1755 – 1826), flocked to 43 Gordon Square to … More ‘Blake, The Flaxmans, and the Romantic Sociability’: A Two-Day event held at Birkbeck