Picture This : Serge Bloch

Ce qui m’intéresse dans le collage, c’est le contraste, la rencontre entre le trait et l’objet que je colle ou l’élément graphique que je rapporte. C’est aussi la relation entre le temps de la collecte et le temps du dessin. Pour moi le collage, c’est l’humour, la poésie de ces associations, la complicité de ces…

Picture This : French Illustrator Serge Bloch ‘I Wear the Hat’

What I find interesting in collage, is the relationship between the glued object and the graphic line, and what transpires between the collection of the collage and the drawing. For me, collage is humour, the coming together of two artistic impulses. The titles to my drawings are often playful, made up of strands of poetry…

The japes of Roth: ‘Glass / Handel’ Prom, Printworks, London

The Proms have come to symbolise a lot of different things, some of which are seemingly contradictory. Famously inclusive in terms of relaxed approach and atmosphere, but potentially exclusive to anyone who isn’t alive to the odd arcane tradition or two. Brand new works rub shoulders with reliable old ‘warhorses’. And outreach: more and more,…

The Innocent Ear

The Innocent Ear was a radio programme, broadcast on the Third Programme (which became BBC Radio 3) in which listeners were invited to “preserve [their] ‘innocence’” by not trying to guess the composer, and by approaching the music with fresh judgment, freed from prejudice”.  The music broadcast would be identified afterwards, thus freeing the listener’s…

Jollymath: Bill Bailey at the Royal Opera House

There is a huge range of skills at play here. And the way he weaves them all together into something resembling a whole is bewilderingly deft. But that said – you could probably describe Bill Bailey as having the one, key superpower: an ability to make a large group of strangers blissfully, almost deliriously happy…

UK Premiere of ‘Little Women’ at Opera Holland Park

‘Little Women’ at Opera Holland Park 2022.  Back stage, Harry Thatcher and Kitty Whately as John Brooke and Meg March. Front stage, Frederick Jones and Charlotte Badham as Laurie and Jo March. Sisterly love has rarely been treated in opera, or in the arts in general, with the exception of Chekhov’s plays. Mark Adamo, composer…

Thrilling Staging of Puccini’s Le Villi at Opera Holland Park

Every year Opera Holland Park presents a new double bill of short opera. It’s a neat endeavour as it introduces audiences to opera that might not otherwise have seen the light of performance. In the hands of new creatives, singers and musicians, the bite-size works, lasting no more than forty-five minutes, give interesting insights into…

Picture This : Featuring Artist Oliver Merrington

The original idea for this painting, which is part of a series, started with images of polluted skies and landscapes blacked by industrial waste. The bright colours of chemicals being poured into rivers and streams for example.   When I start painting, I have these images in my head, that evolve very quickly and become something…

Get ‘Carta’: Xuefei Yang, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Clark Rundell perform the works of John Brunning

This is an elegant, ravishing album. On first encounter, it might place you firmly in a ‘traditional’ British orchestral soundworld, and lovers of that heritage should investigate this without hesitation. However, there are mysteries and idiosyncrasies waiting to be discovered on further listens – and no wonder, given Xuefei Yang’s distinctive brilliance and composer John…

The Cutty Sark hosts Elgar and Vaughan Williams

The Cutty Sark has always captured the public imagination and one can see why. For one, it is the world’s only surviving extreme clipper. It still is an impressive sight at its dry dock in Greenwich, with its three raking masts, intricate rigging, and elegant, stream-lined hull, which, in its time, cut through the waves…