Mike Leigh's Pirates of Penzance, New Government and the arts, Leif Ove Andsnes, Inside Song - Mozart
Tom Service reviews Mike Leigh's The Pirates of Penzance at ENO, asks what the new government means for the arts and talks to pianist Leif Ove Andsnes. Plus Inside Song: Mozart.
Tom Service reviews Mike Leigh's new production of The Pirates of Penzance at ENO with broadcaster Geoffrey Smith and critic Michael Billington; asseses what the new government and culture secretary could mean for the arts in the UK in discussion with journalist Richard Morrison and Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians; Tom also interviews pianist Leif Ove Andsnes on his 'Beethoven Journey' performing and directing all of the composer's piano concertos, and in the last installment of his series 'Inside Song', Cliff Eisen analyses some of Mozart's lieder in search of his private live.
Mike Leigh's Pirates of Penzance at ENO - Review
What will the new government mean for the arts?
Leif Ove Andsnes
Inside Song: Mozart Lieder
MIKE LEIGH'S PIRATES OF PENZANCE AT ENO - REVIEW
Last Saturday a new production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance opened at English National Opera directed by the award-winning film director Mike Leigh, known for his use of improvisation in evolving his works. Leigh, who is President of both The Gilbert Society and The Sullivan Society directed Topsy-Turvy, the bio-pic about the writing team. He stated that he “wanted to go back to basics” with Pirates, presenting the piece honestly with no frills. Tom Service reviews Pirates with Michael Billington, theatre critic of The Guardian and the broadcaster and writer Geoffrey Smith.
More information: The Pirates of Penzance at ENO, London Coliseum until 4th July
Photo: ©Tristram Kenton
WHAT WILL THE NEW GOVERNMENT MEAN FOR THE ARTS?
Following the General Election which resulted in an overall Conservative majority government, the prime minister David Cameron appointed John Whittingdale as the new Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport. Tom is joined by Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) and the arts journalist Richard Morrison to assess what the new government and culture secretary could mean for the arts and music education in the United Kingdom.
LEIF OVE ANDSNES
The pianist Leif Ove Andsnes talks to Tom about his 'Beethoven Journey' - four years of performing and directing the composer's piano concertos with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. This journey will finish at the BBC Proms over three concerts in July. Last month Andsnes was awarded Recording of the Year by the BBC Music Magazine for his release of the second and fourth Beethoven concertos.
Photo: ©Chris Aadland
INSIDE SONG - MOZART LIEDER
In the final edition of our series Inside Song, Professor Cilff Eisen takes a look at an unfamiliar side of Mozart - his role as song-writer. Eisen focuses on a number of songs which prove to be revealing about the composer’s personal life.
Role Contributor Presenter Tom Service Interviewed Guest Geoffrey Smith Interviewed Guest Michael Billington Interviewed Guest Richard Morrison Interviewed Guest Deborah Annetts Interviewed Guest Leif Ove Andsnes Interviewed Guest Cliff Eisen