Arts, Theatre, Music & Exhibitions

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

London: Exhibition of contemporary religious painting

An exhibition of contemporary religious painting opens on Monday, 21 January at Our Lady of Dolours RC Church, 264 Fulham Road, SW10 9EL. The show features work by artists from St Patrick's Studios in Wapping: Francis Hoyland, Alice Robertson, Alice Farmer, Clare Fitzgerald, Daphne Kilner, Diana Durantel, Giuseppe Marasco, Mike Quirke, John Bateson, Keith Ware, Victoria Brenninkmeij...

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London: First Polish Christian hip-hop festival

Beats of Mercy vol. 1 - the first in a series of Polish Christian hip-hop concerts, will take place at Club Scala in King's Cross on Sunday, 27 January.

Popular Polish rap artists TAU & Arkadio - who describe themselves as "living proof of the power of God's Mercy" are headlining. The support lineup includes London-based Polish Catholic singer Iwona Pietral and Debora "Deb" Siwak from...

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London: Alexander Armstrong and Miranda Heldt in Vinnie Pack charity concert

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Alexander Armstrong (Pointless, Have I Got News for You, The Imitation Game, Armstrong & Miller and many more programmes) has very kindly agreed to compere and sing at a special concert at Farm Street Church Mayfair, on 4 February in aid of the St Vincent de Paul Society's Vinnie Packs for the homeless. Joining him is renowned soprano, Miranda Heldt and the Choir With No Name, who are homeless ...

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Epiphany Reflection: Maurice Denis' Adoration of the Kings - video

In this video from Christian Art Today, art expert Patrick van der Vorst looks at Maurice Denis' contemporary painting of the 'Adoration of Kings'. Denis professed his faith through art. Here he visualised this epiphany scene within a modern setting, to reflect the incarnation of God within the fabric of our everyday lives. Maurice Denis was also a renowned member of 'Les Nabis' group ...

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Christmas Eve reflection: Georges de la Tour's The Newborn Child - video

In this video from Christian Art Today, art expert Patrick van der Vorst looks at Georges de la Tour's Nativity painting: The Newborn Child.

Georges de La Tour (March 13, 1593 - January 30, 1652) was a French Baroque painter, who spent most of his working life in the Duchy of Lorraine. He painted mostly religious chiaroscuro scenes lit by candlelight.

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London: 'A Christmas Present for the Nation' at National Gallery

In July 2017, the National Gallery, London acquired a recently discovered, rare self-portrait by the most celebrated female artist of the Italian Baroque - Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1654 or later).

Today (19 December 2018) Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria, an oil painting from about 1615-17, went on public display in Central Hall of the National Gallery. This follows five ...

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Ooberfuse launch Christmas EP and daily Youtube channel

Ooberfuse are fresh back from Bethlehem and the Holy Land to launch their Christmas EP and brand new Youtube channel.

The EP contains three classic Christmas songs together with the band's new single 'Come to me.' The accompanying music videos were shot on location in the sacred sights of the Holy Land, from Bethlehem to the River Jordan.

Singer Cherrie Anderson says: "We are launch...

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Rediscovered Mantegna joins National Gallery exhibition

The Resurrection of Christ being installed above The Descent of Christ into Limbo in Mantegna and Bellini  - The National Gallery, London ©

Visitors to the critically acclaimed Mantegna and Bellini exhibition at the National Gallery can now see two panels of a single painting by Andrea Mantegna that have just been reunited for the first time in possibly 500 years.

The upper section, The Resurrection of Christ (around 1492) has been in the collection of the Accademia Carrara in Bergamo since the 19th century, but was only rece...

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Advent Concerts with Jo Boyce

With a new liturgical year just over a week away, Jo Boyce has sent a message with details of this year's Advent Concert tour dates...

Jo writes: "Every year we get the same feedback from those who attend our Advent Concerts - 'It just doesn't feel like Advent or Christmas until we've been to the CJM concert.'

"With that in mind, we wish we could do a more extensive tour to share th...

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Review: Sto Lat - Polish Centenary Concert at Royal Albert Hall

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A sensational concert took place at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday night, celebrating the centenary of the return of Poland to the map of Europe.

An audience of more than 5,000 attended the long-awaited 'Sto Lat' which featured an outstanding once in a lifetime line-up of famous Polish artists flown in for the night, as well performances from well-established British-Polish singers and m...

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London: Major Icon exhibition

The Church of St Saviour in Lupus Street, Pimlico is the venue once again of an exhibition of Icons from around the UK and all over the world. The exhibition (from Thursday 15th to Saturday 17th November) has been arranged by The British Association Of Iconographers which was established 11 years ago with the stated aim of deepening the knowledge and inner understanding of icons and the spirit...

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How a melody led to the grave of an unknown soldier + video

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In 2014, London-based mezzo soprano Patricia Hammond and musician Matt Redman were researching a First World War recording project, and discovered a German songbook published in 1917. They found one piece they particularly liked, but the dates above the music showed that the composer, Ernst Brockmann, had written the song in Verdun on the 20th of April, 1916, and died there a short time later, ...

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Bristol: Peace Dove mural for Bishopston parish

To mark the first anniversary of the opening of its Business Centre, Bishopston's St Bonaventure's Parish has invited Bristol street artist Jody to create a piece on their walls. Jody, who headlined this year's Upfest, belongs to the same generation of seminal Bristol street artists as the likes of Paris, Xenz, Cheo, Inkie and Banksy. His Bishopston Peace Dove is a floral interpretat...

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Shrewsbury: Blue plaque unveiled for Catholic artist

A blue plaque has been placed on the home of the Catholic artist who designed seven of the finest windows of Shrewsbury Cathedral.

The plaque in honour of Shrewsbury-born Margaret Agnes Rope was unveiled on the wall of the Priory House, now part of the Welsh Bridge Campus of the Shrewsbury Colleges Group. It was awarded by Shrewsbury Civic Society and is the only blue plaque in hono...

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