Aug 14

Anniversaries of Musical Greats: John Lee Hooker

JLHookerFrom left: Performing live at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, 1987. © Stephen Parker. Performing in Copenhagen, 1968 © JazzSign.


Coming up this month, 22 August is the centenary of the birth of John Lee Hooker, American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist.

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Aug 09

Pepita’s Grand Pas from Paquita – Mariinsky Ballet at the Royal Opera House

Grand Pas from Paquita

The Mariinsky Ballet’s mixed programme Contrasts opened yesterday at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Images from the third act in the programme, Pepita’s Grand Pas from Paquita with Viktoria Tereshnika as Paquita and Vladimir Shklyarov. Closing night tonight.

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Grand Pas from Paquita Grand Pas from Paquita


Aug 08

August Literary Anniversaries

August is a literary month for anniversaries this year – look out for poetry greats including Baudelaire and Blake.

AugLitClockwise from left: Newton by William Blake, monotype print finished in ink and watercolour on paper, 1795 (reworked in 1805) © Derek Bayes. Charles Baudelaire, caricature © Neale Osborne. Stephen Fry in Cell Mates by Simon Gray, 1995 © Sheila Rock


9 August – 55th death anniversary of Hermann Hesse, Swiss novelist, poet and painter

11 August – 80th death anniversary of American novelist Edith Wharton

12 August – 190th death anniversary of English poet and painter William Blake

14 August – 150th birth anniversary of novelist John Galsworthy

24 August – 60th birthday of Stephen Fry, English actor, writer and television personality

31 August – 150th death anniversary of French poet Charles Baudelaire


Aug 07

Suzie Maeder’s Seeing Music Exhibition at Bernheimer Gallery

MaederClockwise from left: Flute keys. Violin bow. Piano hammers. © Suzie Maeder


Lebrecht photographer Suzie Maeder will be exhibiting a selection of her abstract music photographs at Bernheimer Gallery in Lucerne. The exhibition, Seeing Music, opens 10 August 2017 to coincide with the Lucerne Festival.

Maeder’s work has a particular focus on the world of classical music, working with such musical greats as Rostropovich, Bernstein, Copland, Boulez and many more. The works in Seeing Music arise out of Maeder’s visualisation of the music itself, playing with shadows and the physical form of musical instruments.

The pianist Evgeny Kissin said of her work: “Looking at Suzie’s images of musical instruments and scores opens up a completely new dimension of listening to music with one’s eyes. Her pictures are a constant surprise and reminder that perception is infinite.”

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Seeing Music
10 Aug 2017 – Sat 23 Sep 2017
Bernheimer Gallery, Haldenstrasse 11, 6006 Lucerne, Switzerland

Violinist Kyung Wha Chung holding violin, with photographer Suzie Maeder, Royal Festival Hall, London, 1980. Korean violinist,

Suzie Maeder photographing violinist Kyung Wha Chung © Sophie Baker


Aug 03

Anniversaries of Musical Greats: John Cage

Cage2From left: Los Angeles, March 1987 © Betty Freeman. In the house of Dorothea Tanning, Paris, 1981 © Marion Kalter. Performing She Is Asleep at Albright-Knox Art Gallery, March 1968 © Jim Tuttle.


Coming up this month, 12 August is the 25th death anniversary of John Cage American avant-garde composer.

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Aug 02

20th Anniversary of the Death of Princess Diana

Diana20Clockwise from left: With Prince Harry on holiday in Majorca, 13 August 1988 © Mirrorpix. Visiting a London City Ballet class, having become patron of the company, 26 May 1983 © Peter Mares. With Luciano Pavarotti in Modena, 12 September 1995 © Marcello Mencarini


31 August this year marks 20 years since the death of Princess Diana. She was a great lover of the arts, and Lebrecht’s photographer collections include images of her at the London City Ballet, where she was a patron from 1983 until 1996. Click here for more images.



Aug 01

French actress Jeanne Moreau has died 31 July

323929_ copyJeanne Moreau at the Venice Lido, c. 1990 © Marcello Mencarini


French actress Jeanne Moreau has died yesterday aged 89

Moreau is best known for her work with the directors of the French New Wave, particularly for her role in Francois Truffaut’s Jules et Jim.

23 January 1928 – 31 July 2017

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Chimes at MidnightWith Orson Welles in Chimes at Midnight, 1965 © Photofest


Aug 01

The Proms 2017 in Full Swing!

Proms 2017Clockwise from left: Nicola Benedetti performing Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor on 18 July, Prom 6. The packed auditorium at the Royal Albert Hall during the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s recreation of Malcolm Sargent’s 500th Prom to mark 50 years since his death, Prom 13. Edward Gardner conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus at the First Night of the Proms, 14 July. Photographs © Chris Christodoulou


The Proms season is upon us again! This year’s programme celebrates the centenary of the Russian Revolution and 500 years since the Reformation, as well as anniversaries for composers and musicians from Monteverdi and Handel to John Adams, Philip Glass, and Ella Fitzgerald. Click here for images of the season so far.



Aug 01

American playwright Sam Shepard has died 27 July

Sam ShepherdSam Shepard in rehearsal at the Royal Court theatre for his play Geography of a Horse Dreamer, 1969 © John Haynes


American playwright, director and actor Sam Shepard has died on 27 July aged 73. The author of 44 plays, as well as short stories and essays, he won multiple Obie Awards as well as the Pullitzer Prize for Theatre in 1979 for his play Buried Child

5 November 1943 – 27 July 2017

Click here for portraits of Shepard and production photographs from his plays, including the 1984 National Theatre production of Fool for Love with Julie Walters.


Sam ShepherdIn rehearsal at the Royal Court theatre for Geography of a Horse Dreamer, 1969 © John Haynes