Arts, Theatre, Music & Exhibitions

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


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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Queen - is there a Catholic link?

Is there much of a link to the Catholic world in the Queen story?

Well, in the early 1970s, when boys from London's Imperial College - including Brian May - attended discos at Maria Assumpta Teacher Training College in Kensington, the college, which later became Heythrop College, played a big part in the Queen story. In fact, Maria Assumpta is where the John Deacon first met Brian May and...

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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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London: Springtime for Catholic artists

Dr Gabriele Finaldi

It's only February - but already 2019 is already proving to be a special year for new Catholic art and artists in London - with exhibitions and events taking place across the capital.

This Thursday, 21st February, Dr Gabriele Finaldi, director of the National Gallery and a committed Catholic, will be giving a talk on art and faith at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Farm Street, i...

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Power Up - Exhibition of work by Corita Kent, pop artist, activist and nun

The UK'S biggest-ever show of work by the pop artist, social activist and nun, Corita Kent, has opened at the House of Illustration, King's Cross, London. A contemporary of another Catholic artist, Andy Warhol, admired by Charles and Ray Eames, John Cage and Saul Bass, Corita's radical Pop Art brought the sublime to bear on the everyday.

Her joyful, subversive and - to some - controversia...

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Booking now: When Words become Light - poetry retreat with Sarah de Nordwall

Poet Sarah de Nordwall will lead 'When Words become Light' - a time to be inspired by beautiful paintings and poems - and your own contemplative writing in response to them - on Saturday, 23 February from 12noon - 6pm.

The retreat takes place in the Servite House, Fulham, west London, which is currently hosting an exhibition of contemporary religious art by members of St Patrick's Studio...

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Elliott Reeves-Giblin wins Sir Alec Guinness Memorial Award

Elliott Reeves-Giblin     - photo by Nick James

Name to watch - Young actor Elliott Reeves-Giblin, currently training at the Guildford School of Acting, is this year's recipient of the Sir Alec Guinness Memorial Award. The presentation was made on Wednesday at the CAA (Club for Acts and Actors) in Covent Garden at the end of the Annual Students' evening, hosted by CaAPA (Catholic Association of Performing Arts). Ilse-Lee van Nie...

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London: Irish celebration at St James' Piccadilly

It all began with a cup of tea and a chat about fundraising.

I'd first got to know Lucy Winkett, rector of St James', many years ago when we were part of a group of people, with and without learning disabilities, living and sharing life together in one of the houses of the L'Arche Kent community. Lucy describes this time at L'Arche as being one of her two strongest spiritual influences; t...

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London: Ten Ten Productions seeks house locations for new film

Ten Ten Productions is currently looking for house locations to film their new schools' drama series, 'Paradise Street'.

They are looking for the following features:

- houses with living rooms, kitchens, and boys' bedrooms or girls' bedrooms. - located within a relatively short driving distance of Muswell Hill (N10) - availability for filming w/c 25 February or w/c 4 Marc...

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London: Alexander Armstrong and Miranda Heldt in memorable SVP benefit concert

Alexander Armstrong and Miranda Heldt

There was a wonderful atmosphere at last night's sell-out concert in Farm Street church, Mayfair, raising much-needed funds for the St Vincent de Paul Society's Vinnie Pack project for the homeless.

TV star and baritone Alexander Armstrong compered the evening with great warmth, and sang, together with lyric soprano Miranda Heldt. Actor Alexander MacQueen read some moving personal account...

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Comic Relief star to sing at SVP concert

Alexander Armstrong

TV star, Alexander Armstrong, will be attempting to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of Comic Relief in February, but before he leaves he will be compering and singing in a concert to raise funds for the St Vincent de Paul Society's Vinnie Pack project for the homeless. The concert will be on Monday 4th February at 7pm at Farm Street Catholic Church in Mayfair, London.

Renowned soprano, Mir...

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Pope treats 1,300 poor guests to spectacular show + trailer

On Monday evening, Pope Francis had all 1,300 seats of the Auditorium Conciliazione hall, near the Vatican, reserved for the homeless, refugees, prisoners and needy families of Rome for the show: 'Giudizio Universale - (Universal Judgement) - Michelangelo and the Secrets of the Sistine Chapel.'

The immersive spectacle set on a 270 degree stage, features live performances, 4k proj...

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London: Polish Christian band NiemaGOto at the Scala

NiemaGOto - creators of the World Youth Day anthem 2016 - 'Blessed the Merciful' - (Błogosławieni Miłosierni) will be performing at Club Scala in King's Cross on Sunday. Singer Iwona Pietral is the support artist.

The event has been organised by the Parish of St Andrzej Bobola in Hammersmith, Kultura Życia and Radio Bobola, in partnership with the Polish Catholic Mission in England an...

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