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Prom 35: Enigma Variations, Royal Albert Hall

Conductor Martyn Brabbins celebrated his 60th birthday in fine fashion: with a new commission for 14 composers to create their own set of orchestral variations on an anonymous theme, mirroring the shape of Elgar’s Enigma Variations. Programme notes from the … Continue reading

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Does Motsi Mabuse get a ten as Strictly Come Dancing’s new judge?

Since Dame Darcey Bussell announced in April that she was hanging up her sparkly Strictly Come Dancing paddle, there’s been feverish speculation about who might replace her. Read my full Telegraph article here

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Creative energy

Strictly Come Dancing pro Oti Mabuse discusses making her musical theatre choreography debut with Ain’t Misbehavin’. Read my full Dancing Times interview here

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Who will replace Darcey Bussell on Strictly?

There is nothing like a Dame, but the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing will need a new presence on the judging panel, as Darcey Bussell steps down after seven years to focus on her “other commitments in dance”, per her leaving … Continue reading

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Pasha Kovalev leaves Strictly

Strictly Come Dancing fans went into mourning today following news that popular professional dancer Pasha Kovalev is leaving the BBC show. As his statement attests, Kovalev had an incredibly successful eight years, notching up 93 perfect 10s from the judges, reaching four finals, … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: The Final

Another year, another bloated final that winds up being totally irrelevant to the results. At some point, Strictly bosses might need to look into that… For my money, of the last four, Ashley was the strongest dancer, Joe the most … Continue reading

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Why do Strictly viewers hate Ashley Roberts?

This weekend’s Strictly Come Dancing semi-final saw a third consecutive trip to the dreaded dance-off for ex-Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts – despite topping the leaderboard with pro partner Pasha Kovalev after notching four nines for a fierce Paso Doble and a perfect … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 12

Semi-final week saw the usual quality drop-off with two dances – although in some cases such technical lack was rebranded as “authenticity” by the ever-erratic judges. We also had the dance and music lottery either boosting or limiting celebs, depending … Continue reading

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Is Strictly’s judging going to pot?

In these divisive times, we can count on the BBC’s sequin-fest to get all the generations round the telly on a Saturday night, becoming armchair experts on fleckerls and voltas. In this 16th series, however, the good ship Strictly has hit more icebergs … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 11

Musicals Week! The quarter-finals! All to play for on this jazz hands show, and the combination of high-stakes competition and rampant theming produced… mixed results. Some dances fit beautifully with their songs, others were swallowed whole – and the judges … Continue reading

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