Apr 08


JOHN SHIRLEY-QUIRK, English bass-baritone, 28 August 1931 – 7 April 2014

Janet Baker, John Shirley-Quirk and Steuart Bedford
Janet Baker, John Shirley-Quirk and Steuart take a bow after performing Hugo Wolf ‘s ‘Italienische Liederbuch’ during the 1977 Aldeburgh Festival, UK. 19 June 1977.
© Nigel Luckhurst/Lebrecht Music & Arts

Benjamin Britten 's opera 'Death In Venice' -
Benjamin Britten ‘s opera ‘Death In Venice’ – with John Shirley Quirk (as Traveller, centre) at the premiere in Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, England, 14 June 1973.
© Nigel Luckhurst/Lebrecht Music & Arts

Janet Baker and John Shirley-Quirk backstage
Janet Baker and John Shirley-Quirk backstage before a performance of Hugo Wolf ‘s ‘Italienische Liederbuch’ in Snape Maltings as part of the 1977 Aldeburgh Festival, pianist Steuart Bedford in background. 19 June 1977.
© Nigel Luckhurst/Lebrecht Music & Arts

John Shirley-Quirk , English Bass-Baritone, and Sir William Walton , English composer, at the playback of the Previn London Symphony Orchestra's recording of Walton 's Belshazzar's Feast at Kingsway Hall.
John Shirley-Quirk and Sir William Walton.
© G.MacDomnic/Lebrecht Music & Arts

Mar 26

Lebrecht Music & Arts photographer Dorothy Bohm new exhibition

Lebrecht Music & Arts photographer Dorothy Bohm has opened her new exhibition at Burgh House, Hampstead NW3 1LT. The exhibition is entitled In Hampstead 1994-2014 and it is running until 22nd June 2014.

As with all her work Dorothy Bohm applies her acute and sensitive awareness of visual form and irony to daily scenes of life in Hampstead.

12b  CafE Rosslyn Hill 2003 copy

Mar 24

Kate Bush pictures from Lebrecht Music & Arts

English singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer Kate Bush announced a string of 15 ‘Before The Dawn’ concerts in London, her first live shows since 1979.

Kate Bush
Kate Bush – 1979
© Joe Bangay/Lebrecht Music & Arts

Bob Geldof, Kate Bush and Paul McCartney
Bob Geldof, Kate Bush and Paul McCartney at The British Rock and Pop Awards, 26 February 1980.
© Mirrorpix/Lebrecht Authors

Kate Bush receiving an award, April 1979.
Kate Bush, singer and songwriter, recieves an award at the British rock and pop awards, 11 April 1979.
© Mirrorpix/Lebrecht Authors

Mar 10

Lebrecht Music & Arts Obituary Images for Gerard Mortier

Gerard Mortier, Belgian opera director and administrator, dies 9th March 2014

Throughout Gerard Mortier’s career he was active in the major European music centres. He was general director of La Monnaie/ De Munt (Brussels) (1981–1991) ; the Salzburg Festival (1990–2001). He was a founding director of the Ruhr Triennale arts festival in Germany. He became general director of the Opéra National de Paris in 2004. In September 2010 he became general director of Teatro Real, Madrid . The work terminated in 2013.

25 November 1943 – 9 March 2014

Photos by Betty Freeman can be downloaded from www.lebrecht.co.uk

Gerard Mortier -

MORTIER, Gerard - in Los Angeles, 1992. Head of the Salzburg Festival

MORTIER, Gerard - In Ghent, Belgium, 1 May 2000. Head of the Salzburg festival.

Mar 03

Alain Resnais, French film director, obituary.

Resnais’ films made a huge impact particularly in the 1950s and 1960s. His first full length film was Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959). This was followed by L’Année derniere a Marienbad (1961) – a film with a dream like quality in which it was difficult to distinguish between truth and fiction. The Guardian writes that this film had ‘the rare distinction of causing endless debate and controversy not on grounds of content, or lack of it, but for stylistic reasons and the ambiguities of character and narrative’.

Resnais’ short films made between 1948-1958 used new techniques in dealing with his subject matter. In particular Nuit et brouillard (1955) which was one of the first documentaries that tried to deal with the subject of the Nazi concentration camps in their full horror and enormity. On its release this 30-minute film was described by the then critic François Truffaut as the greatest film ever made.

3 June 1922 – 1 March 2014

Alain Resnais
© Neil Libbert/Lebrecht Music & Arts

Alain Resnais
© Laurie Lewis/Lebrecht Music & Arts