British singer-songwriter Paloma Faith performing at the Manchester Apollo, 24th January 2013, captured by Dave Pilkington.
Obituary pictures for Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, British composer 29 March 1935 – 24 December 2012.
Stephen Jackson and Sir Richard Rodney Bennett – Stephen Jackson and Sir Richard Rodney Bennett after a performance of Four Poems of Thomas Campion at the BBC Proms 2007.
© C. Christodoulou/Lebrecht Music & Arts
The Rolling Stones rock group are celebrating their golden jubilee this month. The group was set up in Dartford in 1962. The Stones are one of the most successful and enduring bands in rock’n'roll history and were established in Dartford, England in 1962. Rolling Stone magazine ranked them 4th on their “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” list, and their album sales are estimated to have reached more than 200 million worldwide. “They have a combined age of 273, but the four Stones remain an extraordinary live proposition,” John Aizlewood wrote in the Evening Standard. At the first of 5 celebratory performances in London on Sunday 24th November 2012 lead singer Mick Jagger, guitarists Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood and drummer Charlie Watts were joined by former members Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor.
Our photographers who captured these historic music moments include Rocksign, Tony Keeley, David Farrell.
Hilary Mantel has won the £50,000 Man Booker Prize for her novel Bring up the Bodies, the sequel to Wolf Hall, which won the prize in 2009. Mantel is the first woman and the first living British author to win the prestigious literary prize twice.
Pictures of the English Touring Opera’s new production of The Emperor of the Atlantis at The Linbury Studio Theatre, London. Online now at www.lebrecht.co.uk.
The production runs at the Linbury Studio until 12th October when it will tour the country until 17th November.
David Cameron misidentified the composer of Rule Britannia! on American television yesterday. He was the first British Prime Minister to appear on David Letterman’s Late Show. Unfortunately, he failed an impromptu history test about the composer of Rule Britannia! and the meaning of the Magna Carta. The incorrect answer he gave was Edward Elgar who was born in 1857 – the correct answer was Thomas Arne whose stirring composition was composed in 1740.
After his errors, Mr Cameron – educated at Eton and Oxford – joked: “That is bad, I have ended my career on your show tonight.”
Shame he was not allowed to ask a Friend – Lebrecht Music & Arts have all the answers for anything to do with music!
Archaeologists have long searched for the remains of the Plantaganet king in vain. They have now found the remains of a high status man in a car park in Leicester who they think could possibly be the long sought after king. The skeleton has an arrow in its back and archaeologists say that a blade appeared to have cleaved part of the rear of the skull. This suggests the body belonged to a man who rich and killed in battle. It does not have the withered arm that Shakespeare depicted but it does have spinal curvature. The remains will now go for DNA analysis.
Richard III was last seen in August 1485 in Leicester riding out in full glory to meet his Tudor opponents. His body was brought back later and his death marked the end of the Wars of the Roses. The body was displayed for threes so his death could be confirmed and he was then buried. His burial place may finally have been found – and historical events confirmed!
(source: The Times).
Lebrecht Music & Arts was outside the Roundhouse, cultural centre in Camden Town, this morning at 6.25 am waiting for the Olympic Flame to leave the Roundhouse and start on its final journey to the Olympic stadium at Stratford.
Thousands of locals from Hampstead, Camden Town, Kentish Town and Belsize Park thronged the street with young children listening to the mass choir of 75 Camden singers giving it their best. A great local event for the Arts and for the Olympics.