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!

We can take your image list and track down the pictures you need to find, frequently sourcing 90% or more of the items on your list. You won’t find all the images you are looking for on our website but we can find them for you through our extensive international contacts at no extra cost.

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 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

Sep 17

Nicole Farhi ‘s sculpture exhibition

Nicole Farhi, the Anglo-French fashion designer, at an exhibition of her sculptures at Bowman Sculpture, London, UK, in September 2014.

In this exhibition Farhi has created an idiosyncratic series comprising twelve busts of famous names from the worlds of art, fashion, stage and screen. Works in the show include busts of actors Dame Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Helena Bonham Carter; playwright Tom Stoppard; Anna Wintour, editor of Vogue; and artists Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon and Eduardo Paolozzi. Exhibition runs from 17 September – 3 October 2014.

Photographs by Lebrecht Author Pictures – Anne-Katrin Purkiss

Nicole Farhi at an exhibition of her sculptures

Nicole Farhi at an exhibition of her sculptures

Sep 15

End of a Glorious Era: Celebrating the life and work of Lebrecht photographer, Godfrey MacDomnic

It is with sadness that we report the death of Godfrey MacDomnic, Lebrecht Music & Arts photographer (28 March 1930 – 9 September 2014).

Godfrey MacDomnic will be remembered for his iconic photos of the 1960s and 1970s ‘greats’ in classical music: in particular, Jacqueline du Pré at her peak playing the Elgar cello concerto; Stravinsky conducting; Adrian Boult musing; Sir Malcolm Sargent at the Proms; the dynamic young Daniel Barenboim; and the anguished Tennstedt.

MacDomnic photographed many successful conductors and musicians at the start of their careers and leaves us with an invaluable record of twentieth-century classical music. Please click on the image above to enjoy a selection of his wonderful portraits.


Sep 11

Obituary images for Graham Joyce, English author, 22 October 1954 – 9 September 2014

Graham Joyce, one of the UK’s best and most respected fantasy authors, died on Tuesday afternoon, his publisher has announced. Joyce, the award-winning English author of novels including The Tooth Fairy, Some Kind of Fairy Tale and The Year of the Ladybird, was diagnosed with aggressive lymphoma cancer last year. He was 59 when he died. Lebrecht Music & Arts has two portraits of Joyce, taken by Lebrecht photographer Miriam Berkley, at Cambridge in the late 1990s / early 2000s.

Graham Joyce

Graham Joyce

Sep 09

Obituary photos from Lebrecht Music & Arts for Magda Olivero

Obituary photos from Lebrecht Music & Arts for Magda Olivero, opera singer aged 104 dies

Magda Olivero, Italian operatic singer started her career in1932 when she was 22, and sang in opera houses around the world.

Lebrecht photos of Magda Olivero in roles in 1934 and 1940 and recent photos in her home in Milan in 2011 by Lebrecht photographer Francesco Maria Colombo.

25 March 1910 – 8 September 2014
Magda Olivero -
© Lebrecht Music & Arts

Magda Olivero as Cilea's
© Private Collection/Lebrecht

Magda Olivero (born 1910)
© Francesco Maria Colombo/Lebrecht Music

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© Francesco Maria Colombo/Lebrecht Music

Sep 05

Major Retrospective for Lebrecht photographer David Farrell

David Farrell, Lebrecht photographer, has a major retrospective exhibition of his famous black and white photographs at the Osborne Samuel Gallery in London from 1st – 20th September 2014.

The exhibition includes many of his iconic photographs of musicians, artists and actors. This is a rare chance to see his work – they don’t make photographers like this any more!

The Beatles performing in 1962
Lynn Chadwick c 1940s
Jacqueline du Pre & Daniel Barenboim

For more information on visiting the exhibition, please view the gallery website.