Arts, Events & Exhibitions

Reviews of plays, music & art exhibitions- with a Catholic angle. This category also includes profiles of artists and musicians, where the artists are Catholic or Christian, or the play or work of art deals with a Catholic theme - directly or indirectly.


Courtauld Impressionists: from Manet to Cezanne

The Courtauld Institute of Art was founded in 1932 through the philanthropy of the industrialist and art collector Samuel Courtauld (1876-1947) who in the same year presented it with an extensive number of paintings from his own collection, mainly French Impressionist and Post- Impressionist works acquired in the 1920s. Since 1989, the Institute, together with the Courtauld Gallery h...

Read More


Oratory Schola sing Sacred Treasures of England

Sacred Treasures of England - The London Oratory Schola Cantorum Boys' Choir CD recording of music from the Tudor era, includes motets by composers such as Byrd and Tallis, as well as Tye's magnificent Missa Euge bone. The recording, for AimHigher Recordings/Sony Classical, is available from the London Oratory School Shop and the Oratory Church Shop.

You can also buy the CD from

Read More


Adoremus - artworks inspired by the mystery of the Eucharist

As the National Eucharistic Congress opens in Liverpool - an exhibition: Adoremus - artworks inspired by the mystery of the Eucharist - is taking place in London, at Our Lady of Dolours RC Church in Fulham.

Participating artists from St Patrick's Studio are: Lix Asher, Peter Bridgeman, Sue Male, Francis Holland, Tom Treherne, Mike Quirke, Daphne Kilner, Victoria Brenninkmeijer, J...

Read More


London: Child of War exhibition

This poignant exhibition, organised by Aid to the Church in Need will feature artwork done by Syrian children, who are faced everyday with living in a terrifying and hostile environment.

Their work clearly shows the children's feelings of fear and isolation, as well as their longing for peace. Aid to the Church in Need has strong links with Syria, funding different projects inc...

Read More


London: Open Studio Exhibition by Catholic Artist Tim Patrick

Ora Pro Nobis

Catholic Artist Tim Patrick, is holding an Open Studio exhibition in Camberwell, London, from 6th - 9th September 2018, to inaugurate the space and launch his life drawing and art classes this Autumn.

Tim, 29, initially studied traditional portrait painting in Florence, before continuing his art education in Brighton and most recently at the Royal Drawing School in London, where he contin...

Read More


Liverpool: Screening and Q&A with Jimmy McGovern

St Francis Xavier's Jesuit parish in Liverpool is hosting one of the Archdiocese of Liverpool parallel programme events to the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress, called Adoremus - in Liverpool, 6-9 September 2018.

Exposition, Mass and refreshements are to be followed by the screening of an episode of the award winning BBC1 drama Broken, which was filmed at SFX, on 7 and 8 Septe...

Read More


Play: Ten Times Table

Well-meant plans for a uplifting community event spiral into chaos and conflict in this sharply observed comedy by Alan Ayckbourn. Anyone who has ever sat on a committee or worked on a group project will recognise the characters but there is certainly enough wit and humour to engross anyone who hasn't. The play follows a group of residents of the small town of Pendon, as ...

Read More


Dublin: Andrea Bocelli to sing during Pope's visit to World Meeting of Families

It has just been confirmed the world-renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli will sing at the Festival of Families in Croke Park on Saturday 25 August for the visit of Pope Francis.

Bocelli will join other artists including Nathan Carter, The Riverdance Troupe, Dana Masters, Daniel O'Donnell, The Begley Family, The Priests, The Holy Family Deaf Choir and Deaftones, Celine Byrne, Paddy Moloney...

Read More


Pastoral musicians "shaping the faith of God's People"

"It's a privilege to be in the presence of people shaping the faith of God's people" was the opening remark of John Bell, of the Iona Community's Wild Goose Resource Group, speaking at this weekend's conference of the National Network of Pastoral Musicians (NNPM). A Church of Scotland minister, he is an inspiring preacher and prolific hymn-writer. He pointed out that popular hymns can be used m...

Read More


London: Celebration of Creative and Contemplative Photography

On Friday 27th July, the annual Creative and Contemplative Photography Celebration by Arco Iris Learning took place at the Meditatio Centre in Clerkenwell, London. Arco Iris Learning is based in London and provides after school classes in creative and contemplative photography for children aged 7-11. Run by Maria Caneda, it aims to enable children to become creative thinkers and pra...

Read More


Profile: Carly Paoli

Singing My Dreams, Carly Paoli's first album, is quite literally what Carly is doing.

Born in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, the daughter of a lorry driver and Italian mum who is a bilingual singer, her brother is a builder.

Since she was seven Carly knew what she wanted to do. Not just singing, but being on stage performing and sharing a story.

Early influences include Judy Garl...

Read More


North London parish hosts Rush in Ballet

Natalia Napalkova and Mattias Carbonetti

Rush in Ballet presented an evening of classical dance performances and live music at Our Lady Help of Christians in Kentish Town, north London last night.

There was a wonderful mix of dances from Le Corsaire, Swan Lake, Nutcracker and Romeo and Juliet. Tenor Mattias Carbonetti and Natalia Napalkova alto, also sang beautifully. Mattias, who comes from...

Read More


London: National Gallery acquires rare painting by woman artist

Artemisia Gentileschi: Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria

The National Gallery has acquired a rare painting by Artemisia Gentileschi: Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria. The oil painting from about 1615-17, will undergo conservation treatment before going on display in early 2019.

Hannah Rothschild CBE, who in 2015 became the first woman to chair the Nation...

Read More


Ireland: Church music summer school opens

More than 100 singers and musicians from around Ireland are expected to attend the 49th Annual Irish Church Music Association's Summer School in Saint Patrick's College, Maynooth from tomorrow Wednesday 27 June to Saturday 30 June.

The theme of this year's summer school is Faith, Hope and Love and will reflect the events planned for each of the three days of the Congress of the upcoming W...

Read More

Load more