Art, Theatre, Music & Shows

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


Saint Jerome - Mosaic honours Bible translator in digital age

A major new artwork commissioned to mark the astonishing achievement of St Jerome is to be unveiled on the 1600th anniversary of his death on 30 September.

Jerome (AD 347-420) translated the Bible from the original Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek into Latin, the first scholar to do so systematically. His Vulgate translation became the standard biblical text of the Roman Catholic Church and is s...

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National Gallery: Sin

Image: Ron Mueck, 'Youth', 2009. Courtesy the artist © Ron Mueck / photo the National Gallery, London

The first exhibition in the UK exploring sin in art will be staged at the National Gallery this autumn.

Sin will bring together paintings from the National Gallery's collection dating from the 16th to the 18th century with loans from important private and public collections including modern and contemporary works by Andy Warhol, Tracey Emin, and Ron Mueck. There will be 14 works on displa...

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Sacred and Profane: Aubrey Beardsley at Tate Britain

The Achieving of the Sangreal 1892

Aubrey Beardsley's fin de siècle black and white prints are variously divine, delicious and decadent, and at times all three at once.

Beardsley is the arch-purveyor of a countercultural queer aesthetic. He died at the age of just 25, yet in his short life produced a vast output of work.

A visionary artist, possessing an exquisite, sometimes cruel and satiric sensibility - Beardsley...

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National Gallery: Sensing the Unseen - Step into Gossaert's 'Adoration'

A new immersive digital experience inspired by Jan Gossaert's 16th-century masterpiece The Adoration of the Kings will open at the National Gallery over the Christmas period.

Sensing the Unseen: Step into Gossaert's 'Adoration' will show one of the Gallery's most popular pictures as never before and is designed to allow for digital immersion while maintaining social distancing.

As v...

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Free Sunday organ recitals at Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Regular Sunday organ recitals begin again at the Abbey this week after a five-month break due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The first concert, at 4.30pm on Sunday 6th September, will be given by the Abbey's Sub-Organist, Peter Holder. The programme for the free, 30-minute recital will include Litanies and Variations sur un thème de Clément Janequin by Jehan Alain, and Maurice Duruflé's ...

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Wales: Young parish singer wins major music contest

A young singer from Swansea has won this year's Voice Kids UK 2020 competition.

Justine Afante, 13, who attends the Church of the Sacred Heart in Swansea with her family, was proclaimed the winner in the final of the series which was broadcast on UTV in Saturday night. Congratulations Justine!

Justine previously impressed the judges by singing 'Never Enough' in the blind auditions, ...

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Today's Gospel in Art - You must love the Lord and you must love your neighbour

The Giant's Causeway, 50 million year old coastline Antrim, Northern Ireland, © Christian Art

Gospel of 21st August 2020 - Matthew 22:34-40 When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees they got together and, to disconcert him, one of them put a question, 'Master, which is the greatest commandment of the Law?' Jesus said, 'You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and...

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Theatre: Voices from Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Michel Mears as Fr Wilhelm

Two extraordinary pieces of theatre were premiered online by Sands Film Studio on the 75th anniversaries of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki: The Priest's Tale and The Doctor's Tale.

The Priest's Tale is an adaptation by actor/playwright Michael Mears of one of the survivor's accounts from John Hersey's classic book Hiroshima (published by Penguin).

Father...

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Ooberfuse joins forces with Japanese musician on Hiroshima anniversary

At 8.15am on 6 August 1945, the American Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber released its deadly cargo into the early morning skies of the waking Japanese industrial town of Hiroshima. The roar of its engine announced the beginning of the apocalyptic chapter in the story of man's inhumanity to man. 'Little Boy" took just 50 seconds, after its release from the aircraft, to detonate in the morning s...

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Online theatre - Two tales from survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

To mark the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Sands Films Studios Theatre, Rotherhite, present live streamed performances telling the story of two people who survived - a Jesuit priest and a young doctor.

THE PRIEST'S TALE is an adaptation by actor/playwright Michael Mears of one of the survivor's accounts from John Hersey's classic book ...

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Streetwise Opera perform The Linden Tree

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Baritone Roderick Williams, pianist Christopher Glynn, the Brodsky Quartet and Genesis Sixteen join Streetwise Opera in this short film which was premiered on Wednesday night at the Rydale Festival.

Streetwise Opera is an award-winning performing arts charity for people affected by homelessness. Ordinarily, it runs a programme of free singing and creative workshops delivered weekly in hom...

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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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