Barbican

Vanity and fake news lie behind Simon Rattle’s new concert hall plan

28 January 2019 16:41

Like Theresa May with her thrice-spurned deal, the London Symphony Orchestra is pressing ahead with plans for a concert hall…

Performing garage on an orchestra doesn’t lend the genre legitimacy – it just sanitises the music

24 July 2018 15:33

When I originally heard that DJ Spoony was curating a night of UK garage backed by a 36-piece orchestra at…

Inviting Jansons to the Barbican was like pouring vintage Pol Roger into a throwaway plastic cup

28 November 2017 11:14

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra / Mariss Jansons Barbican NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover / Andrew Manze Symphony Hall At the end of…

Was Opera Rara justified in reviving Bellini’s first opera? Oh yes

16 May 2016 11:20

Adelson e Salvini Barbican First operas by composers who later became great or anyway expert in writing them tend to…

Richard Strauss was no conservative

17 October 2015 12:13

With the ardent zeal characteristic of the freshly converted, I found myself channelling waves of anger towards Stanley Kubrick. The…

By all means protest against Exhibit B, but do not withdraw it

23 September 2014 13:20

Having met with an equal mix of critical acclaim and revulsion at the Edinburgh Festival, Brett Bailey’s Exhibit B –…

Will we learn to love our ugly houses?

29 August 2014 15:57

What are the root causes of Britain’s housing crisis? The Philosophers’ Mail – which has copied the format of MailOnline but…

Review: John Harle/Marc Almond, Barbican Hall. Ignore the prog-rock pretension. Almond is a joy.

3 March 2014 13:24

Funny how quickly you forget the makeup of the average highbrow pop concert. It’s 96 per cent male, obviously, and…

Spectator Play: what’s worth watching, listening to or going to this weekend

19 April 2013 17:42

In a week where the news has been filled with stories about a certain ‘strong woman’, Kate Chisholm has found…