It has been hailed by some, but castigated by more as a waste of money. The Space is a digital arts initiative jointly launched by the BBC and Arts Council England. And its 2013 pilot projects have met a decidedly mixed reception, but a lack of a coherent overarching vision is a criticism that comes up frequently. New BBC Director-General Lord Tony Hall was thought to not have been too impressed so far. However, he has just announced a new director for The Space, and a relaunch. Few will quibble with his choice of director.
Another artist-led music festival has been announced, this one run by a composer and located in his native Scotland. And the composer is Scotland's finest, James MacMillan. Not only that, but Scotland's best known violin export, Nicola Benedetti, has agreed to come aboard as patron.
Opening this December on London's West End, Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Stephen Ward' charts the rise and fall of a high society osteopath at the center of the 1963 Profumo Affair.
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The leading American baritone Thomas Hampson appears to have done his reputation no end of good (not that it needed much polishing, let’s face it) with a gracious and yet eloquent and robust defense of his art form on the BBC’s HARDtalk program. The television show espouses a confrontational house style and interviewer Sarah Montague had clearly been instructed to put Hampson on the spot about the popularity and expense of opera.