Oct 12

The Jacksons in Canary Wharf with Lebrecht photographer Richard Haughton

Jackie, Tito, Marlon JacksonAll Images: London 2017 © Richard Haughton


Jackie, Tito and Marlon Jackson are in the UK to promote their new book about The Jackson Five. Lebrecht photographer Richard Haughton caught up with them at Canary Wharf.

Thames and Hudson are publishing their book in 2018 to mark the 50th anniversary of the release of The Jackson Five’s debut single Big Boy.

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  Jackie, Tito, Marlon Jackson

Jackie, Tito, Marlon Jackson


Oct 12

Donald Mitchell has passed away 28 September

Dr. Donald MitchellAt The Red House, Aldeburgh June 1996 © Nigel Luckhurst


Dr. Donald Mitchell, British writer on music, who founded Faber Music and was particularly well- known for his books on Gustav Mahler and Benjamin Britten. He passed away on 28 September 2017.

6 February 1925 – 28 September 2017.

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Peter PearsDonald Mitchell (closest to camera) at rehearsal for Benjamin Britten ‘s last string quartet, Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, 1976. L-R: Bill Servaes, Sir Peter Neville Luard Pears, Colin Matthews, Imogen Holst and Donald Mitchell © Nigel Luckhurst.


Oct 09

Historical Anniversaries in November 2017

Next month holds centenaries for the 1917 Russian Revolution, the Battle of Cambrai and the birth of Indira Ghandi. Scroll down for a full list of November’s historical anniversaries.

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NovHistoryClockwise from left: Coffinette for the Viscera of Tutankhamun (1332-1322 BC) © Caroline P. Digonis. Princess Elizabeth (future Queen Elizabeth II) and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten photographed after their wedding, 20 November 1947 © Mirrorpix. 1920 Soviet poster celebrating the 1917 October Revolution © De Agostini


4 November – 95th anniversary of the discovery of Tutenkhamen’s tomb by archaeologist Howard Carter

7 November – (25 October according to the Russian OS calender) 100th anniversary of the October Revolution

7 November – 150th birth anniversary of Polish physicist Marie Curie

8 November – 500th death anniversary of Francisco Jimenez de Cisneros, Spanish cardinal and religious reformer

15 November – 100th anniversary of Georges Clemenceau becoming Prime Minister of France

16 November – 300th birth anniversary of Jean le Rond d’Alembert, French mathematician and philosopher

19 November – 100th birth anniversary of Indira Gandhi, Indian politician, first female Prime Minister of India and daughter of India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru

20 November – 70th wedding anniversary of Elizabeth II and Prince Philip

20 November – 100th anniversary of the Battle of Cambrai, First World War

22 November – 250th birth anniversary of Andreas Hofer, Austrian patriot and folk hero


Oct 06

It’s Dracula’s birthday – who’s coming?

DraculaClockwise from left: Poster for the film adaptation of Dracula starring Bela Lugosi, 1931 © culture-images. Jimmy Orrante as Dracula and Georgina May as Lucy in a 2005 Northern Ballet Theatre production choreographed by David Nixon © Dee Conway. Vlad the Impaler c. 1560 © Imagno.


With Halloween just around the corner, we’re taking a look at the many incarnations of legendary vampire Count Dracula, in honour Bram Stoker’s upcoming 170th birth anniversary on 8 November.

One of the most iconic monsters ever created, Stoker’s vampire was inspired in part by the fearsome reputation of Vlad Dracula, 15th century prince of Wallachia, known as Vlad the Impaler. The character has in turn been the inspiration for countless adaptations, reimaginings and new vampiric tales, from page, to stage to screen.

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Oct 03

Swiss composer and teacher Klaus Huber has died yesterday

Klaus HuberIn Basel, Switzerland, 1994 © Horst Tappe


Swiss composer and teacher Klaus Huber has died yesterday

Teaching in Basel and Freiburg, his students include Brian Ferneyhough, Wolfgang Rihm and Kaija Saariaho. He received the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize in 2009.

30 November 1924 – 2 October 2017

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Sep 26

Jazz organist Mike Carr has passed away on Friday 22 September

Mike Carr© Adrian Korsner


Jazz organist Mike Carr has passed away on Friday 22 September.

Born in South Shields, County Durham, Carr was a jazz organist, pianist and vibraphonist, forming the EmCee Five band with his brother, trumpeter Ian Carr, in the 1960s. EmCee Five featured some of the UK’s top jazz musicians of the 1960s and 1970s, including John McLaughlin, Ronnie Stephenson, Malcolm Cecil, Spike Heatley and Johnny Butts. From 1971 – 5, Carr was a member of Ronnie Scott’s trio, and led the band Cargo in the mid-1980s.

7 December 1937 – 22 September 2017

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Sep 12

Sir Peter Hall has died yesterday aged 86

Peter HallAll Images: Peter Hall directing rehearsals for Antony and Cleopatra, 1987 National Theatre production with Judi Dench and Anthony Hopkins © John Haynes


Theatre director Sir Peter Hall has died yesterday aged 86

Peter Hall founded the Royal Shakespeare Company, as well as the Peter Hall Company and the Rose Theatre in Kingston upon Thames. He was director of the National Theatre from 1973 – 1988 and artistic director of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera from 1984 – 1990.

22 November 1930 – 11 September 2017

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Antony And Cleopatra by William Shakespeare Antony And Cleopatra by William Shakespeare

Sep 12

Last Night of the Proms 2017

Last Night of the PromsSakari Oramo conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra during the Last Night of the Proms 2017 at the Royal Albert Hall, London © Chris Christodoulou.


The 2017 Proms season drew to a close on Saturday, and Lebrecht photographer Chris Christodoulou was on hand to capture the action of the famous Last Night performance. Click here for images, or contact us at pictures@lebrecht.co.uk.

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Sep 11

Controversial new film in Russia to be screened for first time today


The controversial new film Matilda tellls the story of a love affair between Nicholas II and Mathilde Kschessinskaya, a prima ballerina at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg. Some members of the Orthodox Russian Church claim the film is blasphemous because it depicts the Tsar (who was canonised by the Russian Orthodox Church in 2000) in erotic scenes. A movement called Christian State-Holy Rus, a radical Russian Orthodox movement, has warned that ‘cinemas will burn’ if the film is screened.