Tag Archives: singing

How are Britain’s cathedral choirs preparing for a Covid Christmas?

For many, the official sound of Christmas is a cathedral choir in full voice, leading us in traditional music and favourite carols. But it’s been a tough year for choristers, with lockdowns and tier restrictions hampering their work. Three leading … Continue reading

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‘A quarantine exemption means we can attract world-class talent’: the Royal Opera House returns

Yesterday, the Royal Opera House announced its big comeback in January 2021: a revival of Jonathan Kent’s production of Tosca, starring the revered soprano Anna Netrebko. This will be the first fully staged opera at Covent Garden since the March lockdown. … Continue reading

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Meet the doorstep carol singers determined to get the nation wassailing

As coronavirus restrictions threaten to steal Christmas cheer, carol singing has been at the forefront of people’s minds this week. An open letter sent to Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, signed by heavyweights like composer John Rutter, singer Aled Jones, violinist … Continue reading

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Sleepless, Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre

Originally due to premiere back in March, Sleepless – a musical version of the winning 1993 movie Sleepless in Seattle – now acts as a test case for the return of fully staged but socially distanced indoor theatre, AKA Stage 4 of the Government’s “roadmap”. Though a … Continue reading

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Songs for a New World, The Other Palace Digital

We’ve already had The Last Five Years in lockdown; now, we get a digital production of American composer Jason Robert Brown’s earliest work. A series of wistful pop/jazz numbers loosely linked thematically, rather than narratively, this 1995 abstract musical features various characters responding to a moment that upends … Continue reading

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BWW Interview: Natalya Romaniw

The opera star discusses her work, upcoming album and lockdown listening. Read my full BroadwayWorld interview here

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The Boy Friend, Menier Chocolate Factory

How ripping! A saucy French maid doing the Charleston with a handsome chap in tennis whites sets the scene for the most delightful escapism in town: Matthew White’s gossamer-light revival of Sandy Wilson’s 1953 love letter to the Roaring Twenties. It was … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 10

So, there are flat post-Blackpool shows, and there’s…whatever this was. Barely one rung up from everyone calling in sick while still nursing their hangovers on the tour bus. We’re in the closing stages of hard-fought competition, and yet by far … Continue reading

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Mary Poppins, Prince Edward Theatre

It’s been 15 years since Cameron Mackintosh’s stage musical version of P. L. Travers’ Mary Poppins made its West End debut. Now, the magical nanny returns to the Prince Edward Theatre, with Zizi Strallen (who also headlined the UK tour) succeeding her sister Scarlett in the … Continue reading

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Ghost Quartet, Boulevard Theatre

London’s latest new theatre opens with an appropriately otherworldly Halloween offering: American composer Dave Malloy’s teeming 2014 song cycle, which played at the Edinburgh Festival in 2016. It’s a superb piece for demonstrating the benefits of this intimate, flexible cabaret-esque space – played … Continue reading

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