Art, Theatre, Music & Shows

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

Talk: Understanding John Bradburne

John Randal Bradburne, was an English lay member of the Order of St Francis, a poet and pilgrim who eventually made his home in Mutoko, Rhodesia where he served as a warden and carer for the residents of the Mutemwa leper colony. He was killed by nationalist guerrillas in 1979, and is now a candidate for canonisation. The John Bradburne Memorial Society (JBMS) will holding an online Zoom Meet...

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National Gallery acquires its first painting by Sorolla

The Drunkard, Zarauz (El Borracho, Zarauz, Joaquín Sorolla

The National Gallery has acquired its first painting by Spanish artist Joaquín Sorolla (1863-1923).

The Drunkard, Zarauz (El Borracho, Zarauz), (1910), can be explored on the National Gallery website from today. The painting's first visit to London was in 2019 for the exhibition Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light; the first major UK exhibition of the artist's work in more than a hundred ye...

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National Gallery: Art installation reveals sounds of colour in paintings

Vincent van Gogh A Wheatfield, with Cypresses, 1889 © The National Gallery, London

A new art installation reveals the sounds of colour in paintings as the National Gallery X commissions virtual responses to coronavirus. Viewers will feel, hear and sense paintings online through an immersive multi-sensory video artwork inspired by masterpieces in the National Gallery by Van Gogh, Monet and van Eyck.

Commissioned by its new digital studio National Gallery X (NGX), which...

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Music video: An Irish Blessing launched on Pentecost Sunday


More than 300 singers and musicians give a powerful rendition of An Irish Blessing, launched on Youtube for Pentecost Sunday.

The music video is especially dedicated to every healthcare worker in Ireland working with Covid-19 patients - and all the people of Ireland.

Participants include Moya Brennan, the Priests, brothers Fr Eugene and Fr Martin O'Hagan and Fr Martin Delargy togeth...

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Carole King shares video released by London church folk group

l-r from top: Yasmin Ile, Kate Narciso, Zainab Ferrari, Benjamin Girard, Duke Razon, Jerome Camacho, Reuben Carvalho, Simon Au, Tom Au, Fr Pat Browne, Lucas Pinto, Pablo Nuñez

The Folk Group at Holy Apostles, Pimlico, central London, leads the congregation in singing at the family Mass every Sunday morning - or at least they did until the 22nd March 2020, when the Covid-19 lockdown began.

Simon Au writes: "It was so strange waking up on a Sunday morning and not going to church in person. Then when the lockdown came, things got even weirder - everyone had to wor...

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Pianist JP Ekins Classical Concerts from Quarantine - for NHS

John Paul Ekins

Pianist John Paul Ekins has set up 'Classical Concerts from Quarantine' to bring high quality live classical music to those stuck at home and starved of such stimulation during the Covid 19 lockdown. This takes the form of weekly 3pm Sunday solo piano recitals broadcast live from his music room on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

He takes requests and so the 45 minute programme each week ...

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Inspiring role of National Gallery in times of crisis

Titian, Noli me Tangere about 1514 (c) was the first 'Painting of the Month' shown in an empty National Gallery in 1942.

Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of VE Day - Friday 8 May 2020 - Every day during the Second World War, the National Gallery was one of the few places in London where you could find a programme of cultural activity - concerts, organised by Dame Myra Hess, exhibitions of contemporary art, and a 'Picture of the Month', brought back from storage in a Welsh mine to delight th...

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See National Gallery's latest exhibitions and talks from home

The National Gallery is bringing its pictures to our homes in a major new digital programme.

Inspired by the legacy of the Myra Hess concerts, which took place at the Gallery during the Second World War, the programme - produced entirely from home - across its social media, website and emails celebrates the creative possibilities of staying in and the ways that art can help mental wellbei...

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Watch: Easter Concert with Andrea Bocelli

Today, Easter Sunday, by invitation of the City and of the Duomo cathedral of Milan, Italian global music icon Andrea Bocelli will give a solo performance representing a message of love, healing and hope to Italy and the world. Watch live here at 10am LA, 1pm NYC, 6pm UK, 7pm CET. See the recorded concert here:

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Watch: Freedom Song: when Gospel came to the Empire

Over the Easter weekend there will be chance to have a virtual front seat at this wonderful show which opened recently at the Hackney Empire - but was forced to close because of the coronovirus. With music and lyrics by Harvey Brough Justin Butcher, Vox Holloway and the Hackney Empire Community Choir present this soulful hit show.

The story of Freedom Song - slavery, suffering, faith and ...

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Wintershall cancels Passion Play, but will present on-line film

For the first time, Wintershall Theatre will not be performing the Passion of Jesus live in Trafalgar Square, London on Good Friday, the 10th of April or in Guildford on the Saturday 11th of April, because of the coronavirus.

But the company has devised a plan so as not to disappoint their audiences. They have made a documentary film with rehearsal clips, interviews, stills and mobile pho...

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Art: Faith and Light Exhibition online

Archangel Michael by John Bateson

Faith and Light is a virtual Art exhibition consisting of eight pictures and a brief commentary. This exhibition of paintings and prints by John Bateson is on display at Our Lady of Dolours Servite Church in Fulham Road, west London. Because of the Coronavirus people can no longer visit.

John writes: "As people cannot go to the exhibition in person I have brought it to you. I hope you enj...

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New Song for Saint Patrick's Day

Simon Au

Simon Au, a parishioner at Holy Apostles, Pimlico, central London, writes:

Music has always been a huge part of my life. I remember myself as a young boy watching my father play the guitar in church and thinking that it was so cool, and so after some persuading, I convinced my father to let the eight-year-old me join him in the Holy Apostles Folk Group. At that time, I think I on...

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Art and Prayer at Ealing Abbey

Come to Ealing Abbey for an alternative way to engage with Scripture and prayerful reflection this Lent. Over four Saturday mornings we will be reading from passages of St Matthew's Gospel together and then creating our own art response in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. All are welcome - whatever their age or artistic experience. Basic art materials will be provided or participants can brin...

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