Aug 11

August Anniversaries in the Visual Arts


Clockwise from left: Factories of Porta Romana, 1909 painting by Umberto Boccioni © Electa/Leemage. Henry Moore, 1962 © Horst Tappe. Set design for Tchaikovsky’s ballet Swan Lake by Sergei Sudeykin, 1914 © culture-images.


12 August – 70th death anniversary of Sergei Sudeikin, Russian artist and theatre set designer

16 August – 100th death anniversary of Umberto Boccioni, Italian Futurist artist

31 August – 30th death anniversary of Henry Moore, English sculptor

Aug 11

August Literary Anniversaries

AugLitClockwise from left: Bertolt Brecht with Kurt Weill in 1928 © Kurt Weill Foundation. Israel Zangwill. Rabindranath Tagore.


1 August – 90th death anniversary of Israel Zangwill, English Jewish author

7 August – 75th death anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, Bengali poet and winner of the Nobel Prize for literature in 1913

14 August – 60th death anniversary of Bertolt Brecht, German playwright

16 August – 60th death anniversary of Bela Lugosi, Hungarian-American actor famous for playing Dracula

Aug 11

August Performing Arts Anniversary Calender

August’s anniversary calendar includes many anniversaries for British music. Major names to look out for include composers Arthur Bliss, George Butterworth and Hamish MacCunn, ballet specialist Richard Buckle, and concert pianist Moura Lympany. Scroll down for a full list.

AugMus Clockwise from left: Hamish MacCunn with his cat, signed photograph. Nao Sakuma as The Black Queen in Checkmate, ballet by Arthur Bliss choreographed by Ninette de Valois © Laurie Lewis. Moura Lympany in the recording studio with EMI producer Ronald Kinloch Anderson © John Haynes


2 August – 100th death anniversary of Hamish MacCunn, Scottish Romantic composer

2 August – 100th birth anniversary of Hans Hopf, German operatic tenor

2 August – 125th birth anniversary of Arthur Bliss, English composer and conductor

5 August – 100th death anniversary of George Butterworth, English composer and folk song collector

6 August – 100th birth anniversary of Richard Buckle, writer on ballet and founder of the magazine Ballet

13 August – 100th death anniversary of Fritz Steinbach, German conductor and composer

18 August – 100th birth anniversary of Moura Lympany, English pianist


Jul 15

Historical Liebig Collectors’ Cards at Lebrecht Music & Arts

LiebigClockwise from left: Afrak astrapia (astrapia nigra), Birds of Paradise. Samurai warrior, History of Japan. Filling and folding machines, Chocolate Production.


Lebrecht Music & Arts has acquired an extensive collection of Liebig’s famous collectors’ trading cards. This unique, historic collection was published by the Liebig meat extract company from 1872. The cards feature many varied illustration styles, and are usually grouped as sets of six cards around a particular theme. They cover an extremely wide range of topics, from ancient and modern history, to scientific discoveries, myths and legends, and curiosities of the natural world.


Jul 01

Poet Geoffrey Hill has died

Geoffrey HillGeoffrey Hill during the Encaenia procession, Bodleian Library, Oxford, 29 June 2011 © Anne Purkiss


Sir Geoffrey Hill, poet and professor of English literature at Oxford University, has died yesterday aged 84. His poetry collection Mercian Hymns won the first Whitbread Award for Poetry in 1971.

18 June 1932 – 30 June 2016



Jul 01

July Music Anniversaries

July’s anniversary calendar includes anniversaries for two giants of musical history, Louis Armstrong and Hans Werner Henze. Scroll down for a full list of dates.

One of the most influential figures in the history of jazz music, Louis ‘Satchmo’ Armstrong revolutionised the role of the solo jazz performer. He is best known for his virtuosity on the trumpet and his trademark, gravelly singing voice.

Jazz was also one of the many influences on the work of German composer Hans Werner Henze. His compositions are extremely varied and incorporate influences ranging from traditional schools of German and Italian composition to serialism and Arabic classical music. He is also known for his left-wing political associations, and much of his musical work is highly politicised. The premiere of his requiem for Che Guevara,The Raft of Medusa, sparked a riot involving the arrest of several people, including the librettist.

JulMusicClockwise from left: Louis Armstrong, 1964 © JazzSign. Hans Werner Henze at his house in Marino, Italy, 1991 © Marcello Mencarini.


1 July – 90th birth anniversary of Hans Werner Henze, German composer

4 July – 100th death anniversary of Alan Seeger, American 1st World War poet and father of folk musician Pete Seeger

6 July – 45th death anniversary of Louis Armstrong, American jazz trumpeter and singer

27 July – 100th death anniversary of Karl Klindworth, German composer and pianist

30 July – 75th death anniversary of Hugo Becker, German cellist and composer

Jun 29

Natalia Osipova and Sergei Polunin perform 3 world premieres at Sadlers Wells

Natalia Osipova at Sadlers WellsNatalia Osipova and Sergei Polunin perform together in Silent Echo by Russell Maliphant at Sadlers Wells 28 June 2016 © Tom Bowles


Natalia Osipova is joined by Sergei Polunin for a performance of three world premieres by contemporary choreographers, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Russell Maliphant and Arthur Pita. The three works, Silent Echo, Qutb and Run Mary Run were specially commissioned by Osipova. Opening tonight at Sadlers Wells.

Running 29 Jun – 3 Jul 2016

All photographs © Tom Bowles

Polunin and Osipova in Run Mary Run by Arthur Pita

Natalia Osipova at Sadlers Wells Natalia Osipova at Sadlers Wells

Polunin and Osipova in Silent Echo by Russell Maliphant

Natalia Osipova at Sadlers Wells


Osipova performing Qutb by Sidi Larbu with Jason Kittelberger and James O’hara

Natalia Osipova at Sadlers Wells Natalia Osipova at Sadlers Wells