Arts, Theatre, Music & Exhibitions

Plays, music, art exhibitions and profiles of artists & musicians.


London's Rosary Shrine: Music and conversation with Sir James MacMillan

This Saturday, 25th May, 7.30pm, London's Rosary Shrine (St Dominic's Priory, Haverstock Hill, NW5) will welcome the internationally acclaimed Catholic composer and close friend of the Dominican Order, Sir James MacMillan CBE for an inspiring evening of his choral music, and relaxed conversation about faith, inspiration, and the arts.

Experience the spiritual depth of MacMillan's music wr...

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Support Globalvision not Eurovision this Saturday!

Greenbelt writes: For many, the Eurovision Song Contest finals night is an annual party gathering designed to celebrate just how music can bring we Europeans together. Or just a downright kitsch and good fun excuse for a big ol' party. Because, behind the often-terrible fashion, tunes and lyrics, it's an event that celebrates our diversity and brings us together.

The fly in the o...

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New play explores life of St Damien of Molokai

Damien - a one-man play by Aldyth Morris, about Father Damien de Veuster, leper priest of Molokai and patron saint of outcasts, will be performed by Daniel Finlay, son of renowned actor Frank Finlay, at the Brighton Festival this month, and will be touring the UK and Ireland from late 2019 to 2020.

Directed by Janette Eddisford, Finlay channels the powerful stories of the challenges that ...

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Christian Art Today: 'Proclaim the Good News to all creation'

Jesus sending out the Eleven Apostles - Duccio  painted 1308-1311, © Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena

Mark 16:9-15 Having risen in the morning on the first day of the week, Jesus appeared first to Mary of Magdala from whom he had cast out seven devils. She then went to those who had been his companions, and who were mourning and in tears, and told them. But they did not believe her when they heard her say that he was alive and that she had seen him.

After this, he showed himsel...

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Christian Art Today: This was the third time that Jesus showed himself

The Miraculous Draft of Fishes by Konrad Wiltz,1444, © Musée d'Art et d'Histoire, Geneva

John 21:1-14

Jesus showed himself again to the disciples. It was by the Sea of Tiberias, and it happened like this: Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee and two more of his disciples were together. Simon Peter said, 'I'm going fishing.' They replied, 'We'll come with you.' They went out and got into the boat but caught nothing that night...

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Review: The Devil's Passion

The Devil's Passion or Easter in Hell, At CRYPT ON THE GREEN, St James Church, Clerkenwell

Going to see a play entitled The Devil's Passion or Easter in Hell in Holy Week might set alarm bells ringing for the faithful, but, be assured, Justin Butcher's 'divine comedy in one act', while indeed full of dazzling wit, is a magnificent and profound religious drama, worthy of Dante.

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Trafalgar Square Passion of Jesus to be performed in towns and cities across UK

James Burke-Dunsmore in hte role of Jesus

For the past nine years, the Wintershall Cast have performed The Passion of Jesus in Trafalgar Square on Good Friday.

The story commemorating the day Jesus is believed to have been arrested, tried and crucified by the Romans, two days before miraculously rising from the dead on Easter Sunday, is brought to life in the open air and has become a much-anticipated Easter fixture. This year's ...

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Sussex: Bishop Moth blesses icons in Worthing church

Ian Knowles with Bishop Moth

On Friday, the Bishop of Arundel & Brighton, Most Rev Richard Moth, blessed two new icons, during a Mass in the church of St Michael's, Hayling Rise, High Salvington, Worthing. One depicts the Virgin Mary with the child Jesus and the other is of the Archangel St Michael.

The two icons were commissioned by the parish to celebrate 50 years since the church was built in 1965. One was ob...

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Passion of Jesus In Trafalgar Square

On Good Friday, 19 April, the renowned Wintershall Players return to the heart of London with their awe-inspiring full-scale re-enactment of The Passion of Jesus, performed for free in the shadow of the National Gallery. Supported by the Mayor of London, the open-air production was first produced in London in 2010 and The Passion has now become a highly anticipated Easter fixture.

The sto...

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Review: Oranges and Ink ****

Sarah Lawrie, Claire Louise Amias. Picture by Bruce Wang

Restoration raunch and the Popish plot - Oranges and Ink at the Tristan Bates theatre, London

Oranges & Ink takes place in Restoration England, where the 'Popish Plot' - a fabricated Catholic conspiracy to kill King Charles II - was arousing anti-Catholic fervour.

Here, we meet Nell Gwyn (Sarah Lawrie), actress turned royal mistress, and Aphra Behn (Claire Louise Amias), p...

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New exhibition explores Van Gogh and Britain

This major new exhibition at Tate Britain brings together more than 50 works by Vincent van Gogh to reveal how he was inspired by Britain and how he inspired British artists.

The EY Exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain presents the largest collection of Van Gogh's paintings in the UK for nearly a decade. Some of his most famous works will be brought together from around the world - including ...

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Sorolla - Spanish Master of Light - at the National Gallery

Strolling Along the Seashore

An exhibition of works by Spanish painter Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida has just opened in The National Gallery. His works were last in seen here in 1909 - when he was one of the most famous living artists in the world.

Sorolla was beguiled by the changing effects of light and his paintings are a visual feast of colours, dappled light, low melancholy hues and dazzling sparkling waters.

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London: An evening with Tim Schmalz

Tim Schmalz, sculptor of the Homeless Jesus, will be speaking about his art and his faith with special reference to his challenging statue at Farm Street Church, on Thursday, 21 March.

This powerful sculpture, which is before the altar in the side chapel of Our Lady of the Seven Dolours depicts Jesus as a homeless person, sleeping on a park bench. His face and hands are obscured by a blan...

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Dr Gabriele Finaldi speaks on 'Art and Faith' at Farm Street launch of Catholic Creators UK

Dr Finaldi with artists at the reception afterwards

More than 300 people gathered to hear Dr Gabriele Finaldi, director of the National Gallery and a committed Catholic, speak on 'Art and Faith' at Farm Street Church in Mayfair on Thursday evening.

Artists from all spheres, including high-profile painters such as James Gillick, gathered for the talk which marked the launch of Catholic Creators, a new initiative dedicated to supporting and ...

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