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January 26, 2013 / Features - Archive

  November 19, 2011.  Keith Jarrett had performed hundreds of solo concerts, but not like this. From backstage he could hear the buzz in the auditorium, the voices carrying just enough to catch the mellifluous Portuguese lilt that surrounded him everywhere he went. Even the name of the city, Rio…

January 26, 2013 / Theatre Reviews - Archive

York Theatre, January 22. This was a risk on behalf of the Royal Shakespeare Company, which took a cabaret performer – albeit one with few peers for charging a room with electricity – and thrust into her hands the 1900 lines of Shakespeare’s narrative poem The Rape of Lucrece. Camille…

January 24, 2013 / Features - Archive

Watch most music clips involving female singers and clothing appears to be an optional extra. With rampant sexuality comprehensively whipping a good voice in the marketing stakes, Sing The Truth comes as a pleasant aberration, the focus being squarely on three exceptional singers.  Angelique Kidjo is the irrepressible powerhouse of…