Category Archives: live review

Live Review: Lady Vendredi’s Urban Rites: Battle Cry! @ The Apiary

This is a long overdue review for a piece I saw in June at Hackney’s Apiary Studios: MAS Productions’ Lady Vendredi’s Urban Rites: Battle Cry! The results of a week-long, intensive workshop in ‘Secular Ecstatic Art’, this was a chaotic and riotous … Continue reading

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Live Review: Between Worlds @ The Barbican

I need to have some serious problems with a work in order to bother writing a bad review these days. It has to really rile me on an ideological level. I’ve actually seen quite a few operas so far this year that have … Continue reading

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Music Resistance at UNM 2014, Malmö

the biting point was invited to talk at the 2014 Ung Nordisk Musik (UNM) festival in Malmö. The festival was held during the final week of August, and took as its theme ‘Music Resistance’. It showcased recent compositions by thirty-five … Continue reading

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Live Review: Sunken Garden @ Barbican Theatre

A resounding disappointment from a composer/director whose previous ‘multimedia’ musical works have been frequently fascinating. Rather than considering the inherent musico-theatrical possibilities of its dazzling 3D video technology, the whole opera seems to have been retro-fitted around these projections in … Continue reading

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Feminist Music at the Southbank: III. On Semi-Stagings (or, How To Silence A Political Piece)

A visit to the Southbank Centre the other week has compelled me to think a few little thoughts about ‘feminist classical music’. Here is the third-and-final,  following on directly from my discussion of Kurt Weill’s/Bertolt Brecht’s The Seven Deadly Sins, in which I try and figure … Continue reading

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Feminist Music at the Southbank: II. Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins & Intersectionality

A visit to the Southbank Centre the other week has compelled me to think a few little thoughts about ‘feminist classical music’. Here is the second, in praise of Kurt Weill’s/Bertolt Brecht’s The Seven Deadly Sins, a rare example (I will argue) of an explicitly … Continue reading

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Opera Erratica

Over the last month I’ve been very lucky to have the chance to assist on two projects from the innovative London-based company Opera Erratica. Previously, I’d been asked on two separate occasions whether I’d heard about a ‘hologram opera’ company coming to … Continue reading

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