Oct 16

Cheltenham Literature Festival photographs now online

Photographs from this year’s Cheltenham Literature Festival are now available to view on www.lebrecht.co.uk. Lebrecht photographer, Paul Tomlins, captured a varied selection of the speakers attending this year’s festival, including chef Yotam Ottolenghi, actress Sheila Hancock, writer Howard Jacobson, historian Simon Schama and the Right Reverend Rowan Douglas Williams. Click here to browse more of Paul’s Cheltenham photographs.

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Oct 09

Christopher Hogwood, champion of early music dies aged 73

The renowned conductor, writer and musicologist Christopher Hogwood CBE has died aged 73. Incidentally, it was with the “Class of ’73″ that the Nottingham-born musician made his name, founding the Academy of Ancient Music in 1973 and specialising in performing Baroque and early Classical music using period instruments. Hogwood had over 300 recordings to his name, with his 1985 recording of Vivaldi’s ‘The Four Seasons’ rising to the top of the pop charts. Many critics deemed his purism too academic, while much of the public took the music to heart; his 1980 recording of ‘Messiah’ was particularly renowned for being an influential ‘new’ interpretation of an old piece. Always an influential figure, Hogwood was appointed juror for the Westfield International Fortepiano Competition – America’s first fortepiano competition, hosted at Cornell University. At the time of his death on 24 September 2014, he was Honorary Professor of Music at his alma mater, the University of Cambridge. He will be missed.

Christopher Hogwood
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Hogwood playing medieval harp
© G.MacDomnic/Lebrecht Music & Arts

Christopher Hogwood - sitting at piano - English conductor, harpsichordist
© Ben Gibson/Lebrecht Music & Arts

Sep 30

Bucolic Frolic at Knebworth 1974

Forty years ago on 20 July 1974, the grounds of Knebworth House in Hertfordshire, near the village of Knebworth, were transformed into an open-air concert venue with a programme entitled Bucolic Frolic. Lebrecht photographer, Bill Smith, was in the crowd capturing acts such as The Allman Brothers, Van Morrison and the Doobie Brothers, as they took to the stage in front of 60,000 festival goers. Bill’s photographs provide a brilliant time capsule back to the early days of outdoor music festivals and the energy of 1970s performers. Click HERE to browse all of Bill’s Knebworth pictures.

Since Bucolic Frolic, Knebworth concerts have become an important part of the festival scene, with famous groups including Led Zeppelin, Queen and Oasis all taking over this green pastoral corner of the English countryside at different times. Click HERE to view our full coverage of Knebworth concerts, spanning the past four decades.

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Van Morrison at the First Knebworth Festival

Knebworth Festival 1974


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Tom Johnston with the Doobie Brothers.
© Bill Smith/Lebrecht Music & Arts

Sep 29

Obituary pictures for Dannie Abse, from Author Pictures at Lebrecht

22 September 2023 – 28 September 2014.

Dannie Abse, the Welsh poet, has died aged 91. He was born in Cardiff in 1921 and wrote poems and autobiographies while practising as a doctor. He was also a lifelong supporter of Cardiff City football team. His writing in his famous autobiography Ash On A Young Man’s Sleeve wove a world of magic. He was a former Wales Book of the Year winner and was regarded as one of the most important figures in Welsh writing.

Dannie Abse
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Dannie Abse -
© Nigel Sutton/Lebrecht Authors

Sep 19

Culture One-Call: Free Research Service from Lebrecht Music & Arts


Once upon a time researchers had time to carry out extensive searches for clients’ requests. We understand that this is often no longer the case and the pressure is on researchers to fulfill requests as quickly as possible. This is where Lebrecht Music & Arts steps in!

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Here is a recent e-mail from a researcher in America, who uses our Culture One-Call service for an annual project: “I should thank you … for bending over backwards to help us this year as so much of this has been off the library and rush. [You are] terrific”

We hope you will take the opportunity to try our free service. For more information, please contact us at pictures@lebrecht.co.uk and we will be happy to help you.

Sep 18


The Last Night of the Proms is the culmination of the summer season of 76 Proms 13 September 2014. Music fans have been queuing around the Royal Albert Hall in London to secure their seats, sometimes with two concerts in one day. Saki Oramo, the Finnish conductor, led the BBC Symphony Orchestra in all the traditional set pieces. Soloists Janine Jansen and Roderick Williams were at their best. The audience, as always, waved their flags and swayed along with the music.

Last Night of the Proms

Last Night of the Proms

Last Night of the Proms

Last Night of the Proms
© Chris Christodoulou/Lebrecht Music & Arts