Arts (Events, Shows & Exhibitions)

London: Summer Concerts at St Martin-in-the-Fields

St Martin-in-the-Fields church in Trafalgar Square has a proud history of hosting some of London’s best live classical music events. Audiences and performers come together in central London to enjoy evening classical concerts, free lunchtime concerts, educational concerts, concerts for families and late-night music events in St Martin’s’ wonderfully rich acoustic.

Thursday evening 2...

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Hymn delivered by an Archangel

Last week we published a report and short video about the opening of an exhibition of icons from the Krakow Icon School, at the Polish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith. Polish baritone Lukasz Hajduczenia accompanied by Dimitri Tugarinou sang during the evening - and one correspondent has pointed that one of the hymns he sang is particularly significant…

Foteini Paparoupa writes: “This h...

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London: Exhibition of work by Krakow Icon School

The Soul's Journey Through Art - A beautiful exhibition of icons painted by the Krakow Icon School has opened at the Polish Cultural Centre (POSK) in Hammersemith, west London.

The show includes several images of Christ Pantocrator and Our Lady, as well as some more unusual images - among them Jonah and the Whale, and one of the Desert Saints, perched on a high pedestal.

Anna Gelbon...

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Broken - Flawless depiction of a good priest

Sean Bean as Fr Michael Kerrigan

I was bracing myself for the final episode of Broken on BBC1 last night. But Jimmy McGovern’s pitch perfect writing and Sean Bean’s hypnotic, understated performance as Fr Michael Kerrigan did not disappoint. This drama portrays one of those many good priests, who has really taken to heart the advice of Pope Francis to bring the healing power of God’s grace to everyone in need, to stay cl...

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Play: The Passion of the Playboy Riots

Neil Weatherall’s play The Passion of the Playboy Riots is a compelling dramatic engagement with the cultural politics of the Abbey Theatre as envisioned by WB Yeats and Lady Gregory. Weatherall takes his audience through three key moments: the staging of Cathleen ni Houlihan; and the riots greeting The Playboy of the Western World and The Plough and the Stars. His inspi...

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Documentary: Pope Francis. My idea of art

The Vatican Museum has produced a new documentary film, entitled: 'Pope Francis. My idea of art', which explores the Pope’s concept of art through 11 celebrated works. The documentary is based on the book 'Pope Francis – My idea of art' (Papa Francesco – La mia idea di Arte), written by the Pope with Tiziana Lupi and published jointly by Mondadori and Vatican Museums Publishing...

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Ten Ten Theatre - It started around a kitchen table…

Martin O'Brien directing the Runcorn Passion

Martin O'Brien, Artistic Director of Ten Ten Theatre reflects on the tenth anniversary of the company.

I am convinced by the power of story and drama to change hearts and minds. I know this because it was the foremost means of communication used by Christ to address the crowds who followed him, and because I have experienced my own heart changing gradually over the time as the re...

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London: West End celebration for Ten Ten Theatre

Celebrating ten years of Ten Ten Theatre:  Clare O'Brien with  Fr Christopher Jamison, Anna O'Brien (holding her Papal Blessing) and Martin O'Brien

A celebration took place at the Curzon Soho in London’s West End on Saturday night - to mark Ten Ten Theatre's tenth anniversary.

Since the company was formed in 2007, Ten Ten Theatre - (named after the Gospel of St John verse 10.10: ‘I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full’) - has performed a number of original plays dealing with Catholic themes, in hu...

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Rocker priests La Voz del Desierto plan US tour

Known as the 'rocker priests' - the Spanish Catholic band, La Voz del Desierto has just released a new album: 'Tu rostro buscaré'. It's an ambitious collection with tracks ranging from rock to British pop and rap. In July, the band go on a 13 day tour through United States.

La Voz del Desierto was born in 2003 in the diocesan seminary of Alcalá de Henares in Madrid - when some students ...

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Grace - A play about one woman’s fight against modern slavery

In Spring 2017, Ten Ten Theatre was asked by TRAC – a group of 16 religious congregations of sisters from across the UK – to consider producing a new piece of work which helps young people to explore:

The issue of modern slavery; The problem with pornography; The dignity of the human person. Following a meeting between Sister Patricia Mulhall (a founding member of...

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London Premier: Singing Our Lives

The gala premiere of Singing Our Lives – music and dance inspired by the stories of refugees and migrants in the UK will take place on Sunday 2 July, at 6pm, Milton Court Concert Hall, EC2Y 9BH

The evening will feature world premieres of two new choral song cycles: Three Faiths Forum (3FF)’s intercultural choir - The Mixed Up Chorus will be performing Singing Our Lives, written ...

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Galilee Quartet perform in London and Oxford

The Galilee Quartet will be performing at St James’s Piccadilly this Sunday 4 June, in a special concert sponsored by Amos Trust, working with Palmusic UK, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War and Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories in 1967.

On Tuesday they will give a concert in Oxford.

These dynamic teenage musicians from the Galilee perform a richly dive...

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New play: 'Romero – Heartbeat of El Salvador'

The London premier of ’Romero – Heartbeat of El Salvador' will be performed by RISE Theatre on Friday, 9 June in Notre Dame de France, Leicester Square, as part of the Spirit in the City Festival.

Presented in association with the Archbishop Romero Trust - in the year which marks Bl Oscar Romero’s 100th birthday - the play explores the life and legacy of a man who chose to challenge...

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New TV drama set in North Country parish

Sean Bean as Fr Michael Kerrigan

Broken - a new six-part drama on BBC One, starring Sean Bean as Fr Michael Kerrigan was due to begin this week, but because of the terror attack in Manchester, the first episode will be screened on Tuesday 30 May, at 9pm.

Set in a Catholic community in the north of England Broken tells the moving stories of its priest and parishioners. The poverty, grief, crime and family troubles that af...

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