Nov 07

Across Time: John Haynes Exhibition at 35 Baker Street

Across TimeClockwise from left: Angels in America by Tony Kushner, 1992 National Theatre production directed by Declan Donnellan, Nancy Crane as Angel. Samuel Beckett at the Royal Court Theatre, January 1973. Ronald David Laing, Scottish psychiatrist. All photographs © John Haynes


Across Time, a new exhibition at 35 Baker Street, documents the remarkable career of Lebrecht photographer John Haynes. The collection includes iconic photographs from his work as a theatre photographer, as well as pieces from his private archives.

Haynes’ passion for photography was inspired by legendary photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson’s book Les Européens. After working for two years with The Sunday Times, he decided to focus on theatre photography, which saw him take up the position of resident photographer at the Royal Court theatre for 25 years.

His work has been exhibited around the world, in London, Moscow, New York and Buenos Aires, and most recently in an audio/visual dialogue on Samuel Beckett at King’s College Chapel Cambridge.

31 October 2017 – 2 February 2018

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Oct 30

Everybody Needs Author Pictures – Literature Festival Round-up 2017

BooksAuthor Pictures at Lebrecht has visited major book festivals taking place in the UK and Europe over the summer and autumn, adding to the 100,000 plus author pictures we already display to our regular users online.

Contributors include Pauline Keightley, who seems to have captured every author appearing at the Edinburgh Book Festival, while the German based Picture Alliance combed the Frankfurt Book Fair for every last author.

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Left: Stack of books © Richard Haughton



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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